How is an ear foreign body treated?

 Dr. Kathleen Handal, MD
Emergency Medicine
If there is a foreign body in the victim's ear, follow these first aid guidelines:
  • Stay calm and reassure the victim.
  • Look inside ear with a flashlight.
  • If you can see the foreign body: If victim is cooperative, use tweezers to remove the item. If unsuccessful, tilt head with affected ear facing down.
  • If you can't see the foreign body: Do not try to remove it. Tilt head with affected ear facing down.
  • If you suspect the object is an insect: Avoid head movement. An insect will crawl up, so tilt the affected ear up instead.
  • Get medical attention.
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