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What would happen if you have a bug in your ear

A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Anatomy: As you have been told in plain and patient english this is an impossible scenario. There is absolutely no way for this proposed scenario to be real o... Read More

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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Ears and cotton swab: You will push the ear wax up against your ear drum and you may interfere with hearing and in face also put yourself at risk of infection and inflammat... Read More
Dr. Allan Goldstein
Internal Medicine 56 years experience
Damage: Can damage your eardrum.
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 24 years experience
Ear drum perf: That is risk with putting something smaller than your elbow in your ear canal--can perforate ear drum. Causes hearing loss and often dizziness. Often ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Goes away: Eventually, water in your ear will eventually evaporate. If you have wax issues that clog your canals, you can try over the counter remedies or see a... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Depends on cause: If it is wax or something in your ear canal, your ENT would be best to unclog it. If it is fluid behind your ear drum, either time or a myringotomy (i... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Rivas
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Yes: In general, there are two main types of ear infection inner ear – otitis media and outer ear otitis externa. Sometimes if you have a drainage from you... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Ruptured ear drum: Worst case scenario, ruptured ear drum and permanent hearing loss.
A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Foreign body: It can act as a foreign body in your ear canal and can be an irritation or source of infection. It's best to have a physician remove it with an otosco... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Liesa Harte
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Ear canals: Theoretically they could hatch. It sounds pretty unlikely, though. If you are concerned you might have spider eggs or bugs in your ears, you could... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 31 years experience
Yes: Any insect can enter your ear, but it is unusual. Hope this helps!
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Time or myringotomy: If you have serous fluid behind the ear drum, either waiting or lancing the ear drum are options. By making an incision on your ear drum, you would ge... Read More

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