Foreign Body in the Ear Home Care
Home care for ear foreign body may include:
- Ear irrigation:
- You may irrigate the ear with a rubber bulb syringe from an ear wax removal kit.
- Nonprescription eardrops soften and dissolve ear wax. Use the eardrops one hour before irrigating the ear with a bulb syringe.
- Keep your head upright while you irrigate the ear. Grasp the external ear and gently pull upward and back.
- Using the bulb syringe, gently direct a stream of lukewarm water into the ear canal. Tip the head and allow the water to drain from the ear.
- Do not suction the ear canal; this can cause damage to the eardrum.
- Stop the procedure and see your doctor if you have pain during irrigation.
- Do not use a water jet irrigator such as a Waterpik.
- If unsuccessful, see the doctor.
- Never irrigate your ear if you have an earache.
- Never irrigate water into the ear if there is a hole in the eardrum or tubes in the ears.
- Clean the ears with a washcloth only: do not put cotton swabs into the ear canal.
Home care of an ear foreign body after removal includes:
- Keep the ear canal dry:
- Do not swim.
- Place a cotton ball in the ear when bathing.
- Do not place cotton swabs in the ear canal.
Foreign Body in the Ear Warning Signs
Notify your doctor if you have an ear foreign body and any of the following:
Continue to Foreign Body in the Ear Underlying Cause
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