A ruptured eardrum usually heals on its own within weeks. In some cases, healing takes months. Until your doctor tells you that your ear is healed, protect it by doing the following:
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- Keep your ear dry. Place a waterproof silicone earplug or cotton ball coated with petroleum jelly in your ear when showering or bathing.
- Refrain from cleaning your ears. Give your eardrum time to heal completely.
- Avoid blowing your nose. The pressure created when blowing your nose can damage your healing eardrum.
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