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Ruptured ear drum. Is it okay to play football?

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My son has a ruptured ear drum, is it ok to play high school footbal with this injury?
Posted Fri, 14 Sep 2012 in Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 1 hour later

Yes you can play sports with a ruptured ear drum, it normally heals on its own after a few weeks,in some cases up to 2 months. Try not to let anything enter into the ear while playing.

Uncomplicated tympanic membrane perforation usually requires no treatment. They tend to remain stable and only reperforate in 10% of patients.

Medical therapy is usually aimed at controlling any drainage present. Though toxicity from eardrops has not been demonstrated unequivocally, the use of systemic antibiotics is preferred if necessary.

Any complications from the perforation , such as hearing loss is usually temporary.

In rare cases other complications can occur such as long term hearing loss, spread of infection to the bone, dizziness.

I hope this information is helpful, feel free to ask any other questions
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