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What do you do if a bug gets in your ear?

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Several remedies are available for a person with a bug lodged in the ear. It is important to remain calm and not panic, notes Medline Plus. Sticking fingers inside the ear may cause a bug to bite or sting, and should be avoided. A pair of tweezers can be used to gently grab and remove the insect, if it is visible to the eye, states the Mayo Clinic.

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While tweezers are an effective tool to use in removing a bug from the ear, the Mayo Clinic notes that other tools should be avoided. They recommend staying away from cotton swabs, matchsticks and any other household item that is used for digging into the ear. These items will only push the bug further into the ear, which can cause damage to the fragile middle ear. Instead, a person in this predicament should try tilting his head to the side, allowing gravity to help move the bug closer to the opening of the ear.

Pouring olive, mineral or baby oil into the ear is an effective remedy that causes the insect to float its way out. The oil should be heated until it is somewhat warm, but not hot. The Mayo Clinic recommends allowing the oil to settle in by straightening the ear canal. The oil method should not be attempted on anyone with ear tubes or a perforated eardrum. Even if the insect is removed, it is a good idea to seek medical attention.

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