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How long is the pus drainage from a ruptured ear drum supposed to last?
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Dr. Michael Olds
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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