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Perforated Eardrum and Blowing my nose
TiffanieLeann posted:
I experienced a very hard slap to the ear about a week ago. I went to the ENT and was told there was a smallish hole in my eardrum with no infection. I can still hear but it sounds distant. He gave me Ofloxacin Otic Solution to use in my ear for the next couple of days and to keep my ear dry. I have set an appointment to see him again in 2 months.

Today would be the 5th day after I seen the ENT and i accidentally blew my nose in the shower last night. I couldnt hear from the ear for about a couple seconds and now I feel worst. Not only does my ear itch but it also has an increase in pain , dull pain , but i hear an echo almost , very low noises in my ear like the noise that comes from a television when its first turned on (not ringing) and an increase in pressure as if i had a thick piece of paper over my ear verses having a thin layer over my ear that I was feeling before I blew my nose. I also applied my drops but my ear continues to feel sort of wet. I think I may have damaged it even more by blowing my nose but is this also temporary?
Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
I don't know, Tiffanie....I can't examine your ear to know if you caused some additional damage from blowing your nose or not. You definitely could have re-opened a healing eardrum rupture (the little hole) or made it bigger. This is really not something that any medical provider could determine based solely on the information in your posting.

The only way to know is to see your ENT again, or at least, give them a call next week for patient-specific advice (since the ENT examined your ear initially). I don't think you are in a urgent situation now, so keep using your Ofloxacin.

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