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ruptured ear drum

How long does the fluid(pus) come out of the ear? And is it normal that the blood and pus is still coming out after 12-14 hrs? When should I worry about it?
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If drainage persists for more than 2-3 days, topical therapy (ear drops) may be necessary.  Water must be kept out of the ear. You should see an ENT specialist for a full exam, tuning fork testing, audiometry, and a plan to monitor the perforation for closure.  If the hole persists for more than 3-4 months, surgery may be necessary to close the perforation.

Hope this helps!  Good luck!

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I woke up a week ago with laryngitis. Later that day, I began to have pressure in my eardrums. Both ruptured by 10:00 PM. (My left eardrum ruptured around this time last year.) It is very difficult to hear above the ringing in both ears and, despite the fact I am on medication (antibiotics, hear drops, nasal spray, pain relievers), my hearing seems to be getting worse. Should I just be patient and toughen it out for the next two months, or should I see a ENT doctor?
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