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Can an ear injury be cured?

Most external ear injuries can be treated successfully. External ear injuries may involve cuts or abrasions to the soft tissue of the external ear. If minor, these can be treated by cleaning the wound, applying topical ointment, and covering with a clean bandage until healed. More severe injuries may require stitches or draining of hematomas (swelling filled with excessive blood) in order to prevent permanent deformation or damage.

Many internal ear injuries, even ruptured eardrums, heal on their own. If an object is stuck in your ear canal, you may be able to remove it gently on your own or with the help of someone else. If the object is too far into the ear canal or if an object or abrupt air pressure changes (such as from flying or deep sea diving) have ruptured the eardrum, seek medical help. If your ruptured eardrum will not heal on its own, then surgery may be needed.

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