Eardrum Perforation

ExitCare ImageThe eardrum is a thin, round tissue inside the ear. It allows you to hear. The eardrum can get torn (perforated). Eardrums often heal on their own. There is often little or no long-term hearing loss.

HOME CARE

  • Keep your ear dry while it heals. Do not swim, dive, or take showers until your doctor says it is okay.

  • Before you take a bath, put petroleum jelly all over a cotton ball. Put the cotton ball in your ear. This will keep water out.

  • Only take medicines as told by your doctor.

  • Blow your nose gently.

  • Continue normal activities after your eardrum heals. Your doctor will tell you when your eardrum has healed.

  • Talk to your doctor before flying on an airplane.

  • Keep all doctor visits as told. This is important.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have blood or yellowish-white fluid (pus) coming from your ear.

  • You feel off balance.

  • You feel dizzy, sick to your stomach (nauseous), or you throw up (vomit).

  • You have more pain.

  • You have a fever.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

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