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Ruptured Eardrum

Ruptured Eardrum | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What can be done to prevent the condition?

The following recommendations can help prevent some cases of ruptured eardrum.

  • Avoid scuba diving when an upper respiratory tract infection or active allergies are present.
  • Don't stick anything in the ear, such as cotton applicators, that could cause trauma.
  • Follow sports safety guidelines for children, adolescents, and adults.
  • Treat acute ear infections right away with antibiotics.
  • What are the long-term effects of the condition?

    The main reason to repair an eardrum is to provide a safe ear. An unrepaired eardrum puts the middle and inner ear at risk for damage from pressure or infection. Holes in the eardrum can affect hearing.

    What are the risks to others?

    A ruptured eardrum is not contagious and poses no risk to others.

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    Ruptured Eardrum: Diagnosis & Tests


    Ruptured Eardrum: Treatment & Monitoring

    Author: Mark Loury, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 08/09/01

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