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Witch Hazel Ruptured Ear Drum
Heal: See your doc to be sure the hole closes. Occasionally these need to be patched, but not usually. Sometimes antibiotics help clear the infection that caused them. If you are worried about the hole itself, think of someone with tubes in the ear. A surgeon put a hole in the eardrum and inserted a tube to keep it open to help prevent pus from building up. Your ruptured drum is similar! ...Read more
Q-tips: Are you using q-tips in your ears? If so stop. See ent. ...Read more
See your doctor: The presence of a hole in your eardrum will help your ear to drain. If it burst due to infection, you still need antibiotics to treat the infection. ...Read more
Yes: A perforated ear drum is typically insensate. So, if you have itchiness, its cause can be the same as somebody without a perforated ear drum. ...Read more
Possibly: The same nerves that carry pain sensation are also responsible for itch. It's possible that the healing of damaged surface nerves is making it itch. It could also be dry skin in the ear canal because the fluid that is normally behind the ear drum can now get into the external ear canal. If it persists for more than 7-10 days, you should see a doctor to make sure there's no infection in the canal. ...Read more
Usually a few days: The drainage from a middle ear infection that causes a ruptured ear drum will typically stop in 4 or 5 days. These perforations are generally quite small and many heal within a couple of weeks. Ongoing drainage may indicate a problem beyond a straight forward middle ear infection. Infections can spread into the mastoid or air cell tracts in front of the inner ear. See a doctor. ...Read more
Yes: Popping your ears causes air to enter the middle ear space through the eustacian tube. If you have a ruptured ear drum, the pressure generated by this will be less because the air will escape via the hole in the ear drum. ...Read more
Varies: Rates of healing vary with the individual, with the size of the tear in the ear drum, the presence or absence of continued infection and a variety of other factors. Be patient. It will get better. ...Read more
Ruptured ear drum, still a bit echoey but can hear. Just itching in the ear. Should I be concerned!?
Not yet: If that is all that you have, that is not concerning. I would get your ear re-assessed though to see if the perforation is closing or not. ...Read more
Is there anything I can do to unblock my ear to hear better while recovering from a ruptured eardrum?
See your ENT...:
...If you haven't already. Depending on the size and type of perforation (hole) in the eardrum, your ENT may elect to do any office procedure to help speed the healing.
The good news is that most ruptured ear drums heal on their own without intervention however. ...Read more
Ruptured ear drum no more draining, no more itchyness, just a echo here and there. Is it suppose to pop sometime?
Not until healed: The popping heard when yawning or nose blowing is the ear drum moving. If there is a hole the air forced up through the eustachian tube escapes out the hole so can't push the drum so no pop is heard. It won't pop until drum healed. Echo is from sound hitting the drum and middle ear structures at roughly the same time. ...Read more
Should a 20 month old be kept out of the wind with a ruptured ear drum? Anything else other than cigarette smoke and loud noises to beware of?
No special care: The kid will heal under treatment regardless of exposure to wind. Smoke, fumes, fragrances, and dust all increase frequency of ear infections in infants. ...Read more
I sleep with a CPAP and ruptured my eardrum, should I discontinue using CPAP until ear heals, Dr says I am healing but didn't say to discontinue use?
Call & ask your Dr: Depends on settings and how you are doing, but he may recommend an ear plug in that ear at night or some other modification until the drum heals. ...Read more
I have a ruptured ear drum, but I got 28 pills of amoxicillin. I've had 60 pills of amoxicillin like a 1 1/2 a month ago. Does it mean its better now
No: If you truly have a ruptured eardrum, you need to be seen by and ENT specialist. ...Read more
My son shoved a thermometer in my ear when I was laying down. It hurt like crazy. The pain is gone now, but there is blood. Did he rupture my eardrum?
Doubt it: The ear canal in an adult actually turns a slight corner so his jabbing something in was more likely to hit the canal wall than the drum. The wall is prone to bleeding with any trauma, and usually self heals over time. The only way to know for sure would be to have it looked at. ...Read more