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How can a perforated eardrum be treated?

I am 32 years old and went to a urgent care center yesterday and was informed that I have a large hole in my ear I was wondering if I needed to keep a cotton ball in at all times or only when showering I am trying to get into a doctor but can t get into a ent specialist for awhile I also smoke and was wondering if it would hurt my ear in anyway and I m taking a antibiotic the z-pack
Wed, 17 May 2017
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Hi and welcome to Healthcaremagic. Thank you for your query. I am Dr. Rommstein, I understand your concerns and I will try to help you as much as I can.

Typically, no specific treatment is needed for a ruptured eardrum; the vast majority of ruptured eardrums heal within three months. Your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic as he did, Z pack to prevent an ear infection . If the ruptured eardrum is causing you pain, the doctor may recommend using an over-the-counter pain medication such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Warmth may be applied also to relieve discomfort.

If the eardrum is slow to heal, you may be referred to an ear nose and throat doctor who may place a patch over the eardrum. In some cases, surgery may be needed to repair a ruptured eardrum but this is rarity.

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Kindly regards. Wish you a good health.
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