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What is the first aid treatment for a ruptured eardrum?

 Dr. Kathleen Handal, MD
Emergency Medicine
The following are first aid treatment guidelines for a ruptured eardrum:
  • If you suspect head trauma as the cause, get medical help.
  • Cover outside ear with loose, dry sterile dressing.
  • Have the victim lie on side with affected ear facing down if there's no sign of head or neck injury.
  • Get medical attention.
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