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What does it mean if barotrauma gives me extreme ear pain?

Serious pain, especially if it sets in quickly, can indicate that barotrauma has caused the eardrum to rupture. The pain may be accompanied by bleeding and tinnitus. Pus may leak out of the ear in the next day or two. If you think your eardrum has ruptured, you should seek medical attention. Your doctor will examine your ear with an otoscope and possibly prescribe antibiotics. You can alleviate the pain by taking painkillers and by applying warmth to the affected ear. Try to keep water and foreign objects out of your ear.

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