Perforated Eardrum (cont.)
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What are the signs and symptoms of a perforated (ruptured) eardrum?
Ear pain is the most common symptom of a perforated eardrum. The pain can include:
Other common symptoms and signs of perforated eardrum include:
What are the causes of a perforated (ruptured) eardrum?
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Infection of the middle ear is the most common cause of a ruptured eardrum.
Trauma can also cause perforation.
How can a doctor tell if you have a perforated (ruptured) eardrum?
The doctor can diagnose eardrum rupture by taking a history and looking in the patient's ear with an otoscope - a special magnifier with a light.
It is safe to fly on an airplane when you have a perforated eardrum. However, if you have recently had surgery to repair a perforated eardrum, your doctor may advise you to not fly while it is healing.
Can you fly with a perforated (ruptured) eardrum?
What is the treatment for a perforated (ruptured) eardrum?
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If the perforated eardrum is due to a foreign object in the ear, do not try to remove it yourself. Only a medical professional should attempt to remove any foreign bodies in the ear.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/28/2016
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