Foreign body of the ear
Foreign bodies of the ear are in most cases observed in children who, due to their natural curiosity, stuff all kinds of small objects (beads, seeds, fruit bones, paper, etc.) into the ear canal. In adults, foreign bodies in the ear turn out mostly when trying to clean it, or to calm the resulting itching (fragments of matches, pieces of cotton wool, etc.). It is also possible to get into the ear of various insects (ants, cockroaches, bugs, flies, etc.). If the foreign body remains in the ear for a sufficiently long period of time, it is possible to develop inflammatory processes (and other disorders) in the external ear
If there is a foreign body in the ear of a relatively small size with smooth walls, in addition to hearing impairment, there may be no other symptoms. If foreign bodies with sharp edges, and especially if they are living insects - there are quite unpleasant, and in some cases, painful sensations, which serve as the causes of noise and pain in the ear. In some cases, the foreign body may not last long enough to make itself felt, but after a certain time, cause inflammation of the middle or outer ear
First of all I want to note that it is not recommended to extract the foreign body on its own, as in the case of incorrect manipulations, a foreign object can be pushed even deeper or cause an unpleasant trauma, which will serve as an additional treatment.
The infected insects are preliminarily killed by dousing two to three drops of 40% alcohol or liquid oil into the ear and then removed by a stream of warm water from the Janet syringe (if there is perforation of the drum membranes - any kind of rinsing is PROHIBITED!) or tweezers. Slanting foreign bodies of vegetable origin (cereals, legumes, etc.) are preliminarily dehydrated by repeated infusion into the ear of 3% boric acid or 70% alcohol. Flat small foreign bodies are removed with the aid of an ear pin.
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