Are there any home remedies to fix perforation in the eardrum?
There are no home remedies to repair the hole in the eardrum. However, there are some tips that may help you reduce the painful symptoms of perforation in the eardrum. A few of them are using a hot towel to put warm compresses against the affected ear to minimize the earache, avoid putting anything in the ear as it may worsen the condition, and wearing a shower cap while bathing to protect your ear in order to keep water from entering in them. It is always advisable for people suffering from a perforated eardrum not to take over-the-counter medication or antibiotic eardrops. They may result in making the condition worse, causing serious complications. In rare cases, delaying proper treatment and using OTC medicines can make the condition irreversible. It is always a better option to consult an ENT specialist to get a thorough evaluation of the ear to receive proper treatment for a perforated eardrum.
What common questions can you ask an ENT specialist regarding a hole in the eardrum?
A few common questions you can ask an ENT specialist concerning a perforation in the eardrum are:
- Can a hole in the eardrum heal on its own?
- How long does it take the perforation to heal with the help of medication?
- Why am I getting striking earache?
- What if the perforation does not heal on its own?
- Can I go swimming if I have a perforated eardrum?
- Should I avoid going to the gym if I have a hole in the eardrum?
- Does perforation occur because of an ear infection?
How can I prevent myself from getting perforation in the eardrum?
Some of the tips that help you prevent developing perforation in the eardrum or to avoid the progression of the condition into worse:
- Avoid blowing your nose with pressure
- Do not swim without wearing a cap, as this will keep water from entering the ears
- Use earplugs while traveling by airplane
- Do not listen to the music at maximum volume
- Avoid sneezing your mouth closed