Ear Barotrauma

ExitCare ImageEar barotrauma is ear pain or damage caused by a pressure difference between the inside and outside of the eardrum. Ways this can happen include:

  • Being too close to a loud noise.

  • Coming to the surface too fast after scuba diving.

  • Being hit hard in the ear.

  • Flying in an airplane.

HOME CARE

  • Do not do the following until your doctor says it is okay:

  • Travel to places high above sea level (high altitude).

  • Work in a pressurized room.

  • Scuba dive.

  • Keep your ears dry. Use the corner of a towel to gently get water out of your ears after a shower or bath.

  • Only take medicines as told by your doctor.

  • See your doctor for follow-up visits as told.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • Your pain gets worse or does not get better with medicine.

  • You have a fever.

  • You have any fluid (discharge) coming from your ear.

  • Your outer ear gets red and puffy (swollen).

  • The area behind your earlobe gets puffy.

  • You have problems that may be caused by your medicine.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.