Seek medical treatment as soon as possible for an examination of the ear if an ear infection is suspected.
Elderly people and people with high blood pressure should use decongestants with caution.
Consult a doctor about treatment with available medications for an ear infection.
Some causes of ruptured eardrums cannot be prevented or avoided. A little caution can lower the risk.
After a few weeks, the patient should notice no long-term symptoms. Perforated eardrums generally heal within two months, and any accompanying hearing loss is usually temporary.
Rarely, a dangerous infection can spread into the brain or skull. This requires immediate hospitalization or surgery. Also, if the patient has symptoms of severe dizziness and vomiting, facial paralysis, or hearing loss, more extensive surgery of the inner or middle ear may be required beyond patching the eardrum.
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