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Ear Canal Foreign Body Overview

Another name for Ear Canal Foreign Body is Ear Foreign Body.

What is an ear foreign body?
A person with an ear foreign body has an object stuck in the ear canal. Ear foreign bodies are more common in children, who are more likely to place objects in the ear. Ear foreign objects can injure the ear canal or eardrum. An ear foreign body that perforates the eardrum will cause a sharp reduction in hearing.

What are the symptoms of an ear foreign body?
Common symptoms include ear pain, ear bleeding, ear canal swelling, ear discharge, and hearing loss.

How does the doctor treat an ear foreign body?
Ear foreign bodies should be removed by a doctor, in order to avoid further injury to the ear. Treatment for ear foreign body may include irrigation of the ear canal, antibiotic ear drops, and analgesic ear drops.

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Last Updated: Aug 18, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Ear Canal Foreign Body References
  1. Balbani AP, Sanchez TG, Butugan O, Kii MA, Angelico FV Jr, Ikino CM, D'Antonio WE. Ear and nose foreign body removal in children. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 1998 Nov 15;46(1-2):37-42. [10190703]
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