Ear pain (mild)
Decreased hearing (partial)
Severe pain or complete hearing loss in the affected ear suggests additional injuries.
Purulent or bloody discharge from ear canal
Medical treatment for perforations is directed at controlling otorrhea.
Clean debris from the ear canal.
Prescribe antibiotics if there is evidence of infection.
Acute otitis me...
Provide detailed discharge instructions.
Occlude the ear canal with cotton coated in petroleum jelly or antibiotic ointment when showering to prevent entry of water into t...
Infections are responsible from more tympanic membrane perforations than sports-related trauma.
No imaging is needed for uncomplicated tympanic membrane perforations.
Avoid ototoxic eard...
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