While many ruptured eardrums will heal on their own, many may also require treatment to heal properly. Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Treatment options include:
For ruptured eardrums caused by ear infection, antibiotics will be administered to clear up the infection. Antibiotics may also be prescribed to prevent infections that may occur because of the perforation.
Pain relievers may also be taken to ease pain and discomfort caused by the perforation.
Applying a warm compress to the affected ear can also ease pain and discomfort. The ear should be kept dry at all times, and cotton balls should be inserted in the ear while showering. Swimming should be avoided.
If the eardrum does not heal itself, surgery may be required to repair the perforation.
If you are diagnosed with a ruptured eardrum, follow your doctor's instructions.