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how do get flea out of the ear?

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Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 60 years experience
Irrigation: If you have an insect in the ear canal, the safest method to get rid of it is gentle irrigation with warm water, best done by an ENT physician.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

Do ticks bite your ear?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
They can: Ticks generally favor warmer parts of the body... Groin, neck, arm pit, belly button. If they favor the ear... It is more likely where the ear joins the skull. They would typically not bite the outer part of the ear along the rim.. It's just to cold for them.
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A 54-year-old member asked:

What are ear waxes made out of?

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Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Ear Wax: Ear wax is the ears natural way of protecting the skin of the ear canal from infection and other types of damage. The wax actually has a natural pH (acidity) that prevents bacteria and fungus from growing in the ear canal. If you scrape the wax away and leave the skin uncovered, then you are at a higher likelihood of getting and external ear infection which can be quite painful. Hope this helps!
A 23-year-old member asked:

How often are you supposed to pick out ear waxes?

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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
As needed: Best not to pick out the ears, you risk injury or impacting the wax. Clean the ears with peroxide followed by a drop of mineral oil. Or you can use an otc wax kit. If you try that for a week without improvement, see your ent.
Mt Plymouth, FL
A 33-year-old female asked:

Can wearing ear bud headphones 24/7, literally, cause damage? If so how and what symptoms could occur?

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Dr. Carrie Cannon
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Yes,: especially if the volume is too high. It can cause irreversible sensorineural deafness or hearing impairment. Some estimate that over 5% of current young adults and teenagers may have hearing impairment from such use.
Olympia, WA
A member asked:

I think I have a flea in my ear. How can I get it out?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Mineral oil: If you do not have a hole or tube in the drum you can suffocate the bug with mineral oil.Lay down on your unaffected ear and have someone fill the outer ear canal with mineral oil. Similar products can also be used. Let it sit for a while and then change position, letting the oil drain out.The flea may or may not be dead but it should flow out.

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