Foreign bodies in the ear - First Aid

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Practical guide to first aid

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  • Mouth-nose breathing
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  • Combination of ventilation with cardiac massage
  • Mushroom poisoning
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  • Gas poisoning
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  • Internal bleeding
  • Simple wounds and grazes
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  • Chest wounds
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  • How to make a bandage
  • Bandages for wounds with foreign body
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  • Acute cramp
  • Heat stroke
  • Burns
  • Severe burns
  • Mild burns
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  • Hypothermia in children
  • Freezing
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  • Foreign bodies in the airways
  • Foreign bodies in the ear
    • What to do
  • otorrhagia
  • Foreign bodies in the eye
  • Injury to the eye
  • Snake bites
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  • Insect bites
  • Resuscitation maneuvers
  • Artificial breathing
  • Cardiac massage
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Foreign bodies in the ear

The presence of foreign bodies in the ear may be due to childish games or inappropriate cleaning maneuvers. To avoid the first type of accident, small objects such as marbles or buttons must be removed from the attention of children, which can be inserted into natural orifices too easily. When this happens, prevent the child from teasing the blocked ear and immediately accompany him to the otolaryngologist. Normal daily washing with soap and water is sufficient to clean the ears properly. The use of any tool designed to thoroughly clean the ear canal entails more dangers than advantages: often the only effect obtained is that of pushing the residues of ear wax in depth together with the products of the epithelial flaking, causing the formation of a very consistent and difficult to remove cap. Not to mention the use of sharp objects (sticks, toothpicks, hairpins), which exposes to the serious risk of perforation of the eardrum. Therefore its use is not recommended; for the extraction of any earwax plugs, or foreign bodies, you must contact a specialist.

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What to do

Do not for any reason extract the foreign body by yourself, nor with the help of tools of any kind, since you risk aggravating the situation.

  1. Tilt your head from the side of the foreign body (Figure 1): this is sometimes enough to make it slide out.

2. If an insect has entered the ear, you can drown it with a drop of oil (Figure 2) and facilitate its escape by folding the head to the side.

3. In all other cases, it is advisable not to take action to avoid worsening the situation and accompany the injured person to the otolaryngologist.

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