How Long Does It Take For A Burst Eardrum To Heal?

 How Long Does It Take For A Burst Eardrum To Heal?

How Long Does It Take For A Burst Eardrum To Heal?

You may be wondering how long does it take for a burst eardrum to heal? A burst eardrum is a common problem which is often caused by infection.

The eardrum usually heals on its own, but it is worth getting a doctor to examine it to make sure that it has healed. The usual amount of time for the drum to heal is 6 to 8 weeks. In some cases it may take less time than this. The drum is made of a tissue which is similar to skin. It heals in the same way as skin, although sometimes if it is large then it may not heal on its own. Occasionally an Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon will need to repair the drum. A tiny patch of material like paper is used to cover the hole over.

A common cause of the problem is an infection. The space in the middle ear is usually full of air. Occasionally this becomes full of fluid which then becomes infected. The pressure in the middle ear increases causing pain and rupture. Sometimes antibiotics are required to prevent this happening.

If you think you may have a problem with your ear then make sure you visit your doctor.