MadSci Network: Medicine

Re: If an eardrum becomes punctured, what may happen if water leaks in?

Date: Mon Apr 19 14:14:16 1999
Posted By: kathi clement, faculty md, family practice, Univ. of Wyoming
Area of science: Medicine
ID: 924178557.Me

John-  Good question, and the major problem that can occur with a punctured 
ear drum in a swimmer not using earplugs is infection.  This can occur with 
the water exposure, but also with the diving or changes in pressure when we 
turn in the water etc...that may "jet" the water into the ear.  People can 
also have problems with hearing later on whether from the infection, scar 
tissue, or if the perforation doesn't heal.  So be kind to your ears and if 
you do have a perforated ear drum, protect it!

Current Queue | Current Queue for Medicine | Medicine archives

Try the links in the MadSci Library for more information on Medicine.

MadSci Home | Information | Search | Random Knowledge Generator | MadSci Archives | Mad Library | MAD Labs | MAD FAQs | Ask a ? | Join Us! | Help Support MadSci

MadSci Network,
© 1995-1999. All rights reserved.