Hole in Ear Drum Treatment
WHAT IS HOLE IN EARDRUM?
A hole or tear in your eardrum is known as a Perforated eardrum or Ruptured eardrum. This is a very serious condition as a ruptured eardrum could lead to hearing loss if not treated quickly and also makes the ear prone to infections. Usually, a small tear in the eardrum can heal itself within a few weeks, but more severe cases would require a patch or surgical repair.
General symptoms of a ruptured eardrum can include:
Ear pain that may or may not subside quickly
Pus-filled, bloody discharge from the ear, that is often mucus-like
Ringing in the ear (tinnitus)
Nausea or vomiting due to vertigo
HOLE IN EAR DRUM TREATMENT OPTIONS?
Minor perforations can heal within a few weeks. However, for slightly more severe cases, the following treatment options may be considered:
Eardrum patch: if the tear doesn’t heal on its own, a paper (or other material) patch may be placed over the tear to aid in the healing process. This may be repeated a few times until the eardrum is completely healed.
Surgery: If the patch doesn’t seem to work either, surgery is recommended, wherein a graft tissue is used to patch up the rupture. This is usually done in an outpatient setting.
PRE AND POST-TREATMENT STEPS?
You would need to undergo a complete consultation to identify the severity of the issue and the appropriate treatment needed. Along with that, it is imperative that you keep the eardrums dry and clean in the days leading up to the treatment.
Post-treatment aftercare is also very important. It is advisable to discuss the specifics of post-treatment aftercare with the doctor and ensure to follow them through for a speedy recovery.
Until the perforation has completely healed, it is imperative to take a few preventive measures to ensure a speedy healing process without further disruptions or complications. Always keep your ears dry, and limit exposure to water of any kind. Do also make sure to let the eardrum heal naturally, and avoid sticking things inside the ear to clean it. Do also avoid blowing your nose as the pressure can further hurt the eardrum, halting the recovery process.
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