A little over a year ago, I did a blog entry entitled, "A bug in your ear." Little did I know that this particular entry would become the number one source of traffic on Pohick. I was at the time, using the phrase as a figure of speech or an idiom, and not an actual bug in the ear. Apparently however there is not a lot of qualitative information on the web concerning what to do if you actually get a bug in your ear. I have been amazed at the hundred of queries for "bug in the ear" information. Queries have included:
- What do I do if I have a bug in my ear?
- Can a bug live in your ear?
- How long can a bug live in your ear?
- How do I know if a bug is in my ear?
- How do I get a bug out of my ear?
- Removing bugs from ears?
- Types of bugs that live in ears?
- Ear bug removal
- Put a bug in my ear
- Having a live insect in your ear can be extremely uncomfortable.
- People are often desperate to get the bug to stop moving.
- If you do not have a known hole in your eardrum, it is usually safe to place a few drops of mineral oil into the ear. This will kill the bug and allow you to calmly and safely continue with additional care. Click here for detail instructions on safely removing the insect from your ear.
- Removal of any object from the ear can be very difficult, and should only be attempted by a doctor skilled in the techniques of safe removal. Usually this can be done in the office, but sometimes general anesthesia must be used when the object is lodged deeply in the ear or if the patient is uncooperative, such as with a young child. It is important to remember that the most common reason that an ear is injured from a foreign object is because of inadvertent damage occurring during the removal of the object. (Source: www.medicinenet.com)
Here is what it looks like when you have a bug in your ear. Video.
(** Jake Pohick is not a medical doctor, nor does he play one on TV. This advice is provided as a public service and you should seek competent medical advice as soon as possible.)
How to Safely Remove a bug from your ear.