What is the Valsalva maneuver and how can it prevent ear injury?

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The Valsalva maneuver helps equalize air pressure in the ears and can keep the eardrum from rupturing due to abrupt air pressure changes experienced while flying, scuba or deep sea diving. To perform this maneuver, pinch the nostrils closed. While keeping your mouth shut, blow gently as if you were blowing your nose. This technique forces air into the Eustachian tubes of your ears, which serves to equalize the air pressure between your inner and outer ear.

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If you have an ear injury, you may experience symptoms like earache, clear or bloody discharge from the ear, or changes in or loss of hearing. Ear injuries can also cause dizziness, nausea, and other symptoms. If you are injured a...

nd have severe pain in your ear or other worrisome symptoms, have your doctor examine your ear. Do not try to stick tweezers or cotton swabs in your ear to remove a lodged object as this might make the injury worse. If your ear is bleeding or wounded, wash the cut and apply a compress. Continued bleeding after 10 minutes may need to be checked out by a medical professional.
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