Tilt the head to the side and shake it. Gently
pulling the ear up and back may straighten the ear canal and help dislodge the
If the object is visible and the person is calm and
cooperative, carefully try to remove the object with blunt-ended tweezers. Do
not use non-gripping instruments, such as bobby pins, cotton swabs, or
matchsticks. Use care not to push the object farther into the
Do not try to remove an object if the person will not hold
Do not try to remove an object if it is so far inside the
ear that you can't see the tips of the tweezers.
Do not try to
flush an object out with water.
When trying to remove an object
from a child's ear:
Speak to the child in a calm, relaxed
voice. This will help control the child's fear.
An object that is
not causing symptoms does not have to be removed immediately. If the child is
upset, it may be best to let him or her calm down before trying to remove the
To remove a disc battery from the ear:
If the battery
is partially out of the ear, you may be able to remove it with your fingers or
Do not use non-gripping instruments, such as
bobby pins, cotton swabs, or matchsticks.
Use care not to push the
battery farther into the ear.
If a child resists or is not able to
hold still, do not attempt to remove the battery.
Do not use
eardrops or sprays of any type. This can cause the battery to corrode more
If you cannot remove the battery, call your doctor. If you
are not able to reach your doctor immediately, go directly to the nearest
hospital emergency department. Do not place eardrops or other solutions of any kind in the ear in an attempt to remove the battery.
Eardrops can cause the battery to corrode quickly, causing severe damage to the
To remove an insect from an ear:
Do not try to kill
an insect that has flown or crawled inside the ear.
Instead, pull the ear up and back, and let the
sun or a bright light shine inside the ear. Insects are attracted to light and
may crawl out.
If the insect does not crawl out:
Lie the person down with the ear facing
Fill the ear canal with warm (body temperature) mineral,
olive, or baby oil. The insect may float out.
Do not use ear candles. They have
no proven benefit in the removal of earwax or other objects in the ear and can
cause serious injury.
Symptoms to Watch For During Home Treatment
Use the Check Your Symptoms section to
evaluate your symptoms if any of the following occur during home
Pain develops or increases.
object or insect cannot be removed.
ear, ear canal, or the skin around the ear becomes red or
Drainage from the ear develops.
other symptoms, such as hearing loss, dizziness, or bleeding.
symptoms become more severe or frequent.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
February 12, 2010
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