What should you do if something goes in your ear?

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What should you do if something goes in your ear?

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answered 5 days ago by 123devon (8,050 points)
If something goes in your ear you should try to get it out if possible and if safe to do so.

Most times you can remove something from your ear by tilting your head and then shaking your head to dislodge the bug or whatever it is in your ear.

In some cases you may need a doctor to remove the object, bug or whatever it is in your ear safely.

Some tips to follow when you get something in your ear include.

Don't probe the ear with a tool such as a cotton swab or matchstick. You risk pushing the object farther in and damaging the ear.
    Remove the object if possible.
    Try using gravity.
    Try using oil for an insect.
    Try washing the object out.

Redness, swelling, or discharge (blood, inflammatory fluid, or pus) are the main signs of injury to the ear.

Small children often scratch or rub the ear repeatedly.

Earwax impaction: If impacted earwax is the cause you may experience symptoms of a "fullness" or pressure, and a decrease in hearing on the affected side.

When you feel like something is crawling in your ear but there's nothing actually there it's most often caused by a condition known as Eustachian tube dysfunction.

Eustachian tube dysfunction occurs when this small passageway becomes plugged.

Sinuses, infections, and allergies can all cause Eustachian tube dysfunction to occur.

A tickling sensation is a possible symptom of this condition.

If the insect is still alive while in your ear, the buzzing and movement of the bug is oftentimes both loud and painful.

Depending on what the insect does to your ear while inside, such as piercing or biting, you'll most likely experience pain, inflammation, and irritation.

Bugs that can crawl into your ear include, cockroaches, mosquitoes, beetles, earwigs, ants, fleas, flies and mantis or other bugs can crawl into your ears.

A bug can live in your ear but not for very long.

When a bug gets into your ear they won't live long if they stay in your ear and usually the bug will die within a day or so if the bug were to stay in your ear.

In most cases the bug will leave your ear on it's own even if you don't get it out.

But you could use some tweezers to get the bug out of your ear or tilt your head to the side and shake your ear and sometime the bug will dislodge and leave your ear.

In most cases, a bug will enter your ear when you're sleeping while outdoors, like when you're camping.

The insect may die while inside your ear.

But it's also possible that the bug remains alive and tries to burrow its way outside of your ear.

This can be painful, irritating, and worrisome.

The most common symptoms of a bug in the ear are pain and discomfort.

The external ear and the outer side of the eardrum have several cranial nerves that relay information to the brain.

If an insect does crawl into your nose or ear, the worst thing that can happen is an infection (rarely, it can spread from the sinuses to the brain).

Reports are most common in the tropics, where there are more insects, and in cases of severe insect infestations in the home.

A bug cannot crawl to your brain from your ear but it may cause infections that could.

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