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What happens if an insect goes into my ear? Will it become infected? How can I get it out?
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Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine
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In brief: See an ENT MD
If an insect crawls into your ear it may not be able to crawl backwards to get out.
If it is alive it will be very irritating as the ear canal is extremely sensitive. Although the risk of infection is low, the insect will need to be removed. This can be accomplished in the ED but is most safely & easily accomplished with the tools (particularly specialized suction) that are available to an ENT md.

In brief: See an ENT MD
If an insect crawls into your ear it may not be able to crawl backwards to get out.
If it is alive it will be very irritating as the ear canal is extremely sensitive. Although the risk of infection is low, the insect will need to be removed. This can be accomplished in the ED but is most safely & easily accomplished with the tools (particularly specialized suction) that are available to an ENT md.
Dr. Luke Hermann
Dr. Luke Hermann
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In brief: Unless...
...It's a stinging insect, it will probably get pushed out by ear wax as it is being produced.

In brief: Unless...
...It's a stinging insect, it will probably get pushed out by ear wax as it is being produced.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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