What to Do: Insect in Ear
It’s easier to feel if there’s a foreign object stuck in your ear due to how sensitive your ear canal is. In cases of an insect stuck in your ear, you may experience minimal symptoms like hearing a buzzing noise or feeling uncomfortable. An insect can also bite or sting your ear. So as soon as you experience these, it’s important to deal with these pesky pests as safely as possible.
What you can do
When you know you have an insect in your ear, do not put or push your finger in your ear. Doing this can possibly cause the insect to bite or sting you. Additionally, it may push the insect further into the canal, which becomes more problematic.
If you have a live insect in ear, you can pour few drops of oil into your ear to suffocate the insect. However, avoid doing this method if you are experiencing pain, discharge, or bleeding. The latter may be a possible symptom of a perforated eardrum.
Remove using a tweezer
Only try to remove an insect using a tweezer if the insect is visible or easily removable. Use a tweezer to gently pull it out. Be careful to not perforate your eardrum.
Turn the head
Turning the head with the affected ear face up will help coax the insect out. If this is ineffective, try to flush it using oil.
Gently wiggling the ear pinna
The ear pinna is the outer circular part of your ear closest to your head. Position your affected ear down and gently move your ear pinna. If it is not a live insect and is not stuck, the insect or object may fall out.
What to Avoid
Do not use a cotton swab
Using a cotton swab to reach or remove foreign objects will increase the chances of perforating or damaging your eardrum. Using this or other tools may just push it further.