Eardrum Patch And Protection During Healing
The use of an eardrum patch and protection during healing may help in cases where a ruptured eardrum will not close on its own. An eardrum patch can be placed by an ear, nose, and throat specialist during an office visit. To place the patch, the specialist will apply a chemical around the edges of the rupture to promote tissue growth, and the rupture is then sealed with a patch. Sometimes, a patient may need to have this procedure performed two or more times to get the rupture to close. To protect the ruptured eardrum as it heals, patients are advised to use earplugs while showering, and they should not clean their ears at all during this time. In addition, patients who experience a runny nose while they have a ruptured eardrum should not blow their nose, as the pressure this creates could further damage the eardrum. For some patients, it may take a few months before a ruptured eardrum is completely healed.
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