The Left Ear Is Often Runny From Frequent Exposure To Water?

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I used to bathe in the river so it always gets water into my ears and it always runs water a year ago I went to the ENT the doctor said his ear drum was torn.

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Hi Siti,


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Water often enters the ear, especially dirty water such as river water, can cause the ears to become moist. This humid ear condition is an excellent medium for microorganisms, such as fungi or bacteria, to enter and multiply so that it triggers inflammation around the ear. This inflammation, may initially only be limited to the outer ear (otitis externa), which covers the auricle to the outer ear canal. However, if not treated properly, this inflammation can cause the eardrum to become torn, and the infection can spread to the middle ear (otitis media).


Not only that, it can also tear the eardrum due to other factors, for example mechanical injury (such as when punctured by a cotton swab), sudden changes in air pressure (for example if you dive too deep, or go to too high a place), until the spread of infection from the respiratory tract. If the size of the tear is very large, it is almost impossible to tear it back together spontaneously. Therefore, to prevent hearing loss due to tearing of the eardrum, surgery (tympanoplasty) is necessary. This operation, if performed by competent medical personnel, is often not dangerous, and has very high potential for success. The use of hearing aids is not necessarily effective if your eardrum has been torn. Therefore, consult directly with your doctor or ENT specialist regarding the best treatment of your condition. A good doctor, of course, will only recommend a treatment if it feels great benefits for patients, rather than the risk.


The condition of an ear with a torn eardrum is far more prone to having an infection that can spread to the middle ear, deep, to other distant organs (for example, the lining of the brain, brain, and so on). Therefore, before getting treatment from a doctor, we recommend that you do not dive first, do not pry around your ears (including cotton buds), and always keep your ears clean, and avoid any foreign matter. It is not recommended to take medication (including ear drops) carelessly without the advice of a doctor.


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