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Eardrum rupture from extreme coughing

My son was at a waterpark where je was exposed to chlorine levels of 12ppm for several hours. He has been coughing for 3 days. Cough is deep and is straing breathing. He was taken to ER where he received steriods and breathing treatment. Also diagnosed with 1 ruptured eardrum. The following day he had 2 ruptured eardrums (there was no fluid in the ear the evening prior). Is it likely that the coughing caused the eardrum to rupture? What concerns should I have for the chlorine exposure?
Asked On : Tue, 8 Mar 2011
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Hi Wilson,

Your child had an attack of upper respiratory tract infection. This is the cause for the cough at he same time your child had middle ear infection which was responsible for rupture of the ear drum. Coughing cannot cause rupture of the eardrum. But, one thing I need to know is, did your child complain of any earache? It is indeed difficult to have a perforation of the eardrum without earache. You should avoid water into child's ear, use saline nasal drops and give him only warm water for drinking. Get an ENT opinion also.

Dr. Naveen Kumar
Answered: Tue, 8 Mar 2011
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