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LIVE BUG in ear ! First Aid
Live insect in ear
Extracted cockroach from the ear in this patient
Inspired by a recent event and a thankful patient... A ‘bugga’ decided to make my patient's ear a home at the unearthly hour of 3am... …the ear, warm n dark, cozy n comfy..if u ever had an insect or insects doing the same, don’t panic. Before u even run to the nearest doctor/ENT surgeon/clinic, apply this FIRST AID knowledge: 1. DON’T panic- other than an extreme annoyance, it is unlikely to cause you harm - you will not lose your hearing nor will it get lost into the other parts of your body like any science fiction drones (provided you have no holes in your eardrum) ! 2. DON’T immediately use any fingers/probes/cotton buds/tweezers to remove the insect. Reason: you may push it deeper in the canal towards the eardrum. The insect may feel threatened (and panic like u!) n may use its sharp hooks/claws/legs/teeth/pincers (or whatever you call it) on your skin or your eardrum – now you will have the real pain ! Sometimes the grip if so tight that the hooks/claws take a long time to remove even after the rest of the body has been removed. Worse, in a patient who has had grommet (ventilation surgery), you may even dislodge the tube. 3. Tilt that ear upwards...and pull the earlobe gently (backward and upward for an adult; backward and downward for a child)…. then pour some OIL into the ear (use oil that is human-skin friendly - eg. baby oil, olive/coconut/cooking/massage oil, please DON’T use motor/car lubrication oil unless you really, really have no other choices). Also try not to use water. Water can potentially agitate it and yet not kill it immediately, so the ‘bugga’ can get panic and cause you more harm. Purpose: oil to drown the ‘bugga’ and kill it so it doesn’t move anymore to annoy you or to loosen its grip on your skin or eardrum. Smaller insects may float upwards too. Caution: DON’T do this if the patient has a known grommet or perforation/hole in the eardrum 4. Phew !...now that 'bugga' has drowned, you have all the time in the world…take a deep breath... 5. Now … you can try removing the insect if possible with a tweezer when it is clearly seen …or tilt the head downwards so the gravity will remove/dislodge the insect. You can also try to wash the object out by flushing warm water (about our body’s temperature) into that ear. (do it at your own risk of course…well, I suppose you have no choice if you are in the middle of a jungle - still worth a try) Caution: DON’T do this if the patient has a known grommet or perforation/hole in the eardrum Once the ‘bugga’ is out, carefully check it for any missing parts eg all 6 legs intact. If you notice any part missing, seek medical attention ASAP. You can omit Step 5 if you are not confident or have no tools to do this ...so now walk (don’t run) to the nearest doctor/ENT surgeon/clinic if you feel the insect (whole or any remaining parts) are still in your ear, even you have done step 5. A trained professional should be able to confirm the completion of insect removal, assess the extent of damage done and prescribe you the medications that you need. Hopefully no ‘bugga’ decides to make your ear(s) his/her/their home ! Good luck..all the best. (This post is meant for educational purposes – a simple yet very useful first aid-  but please accept my apologies if the pics cause you any distress/nausea/unpleasant yucks. Thanks for reading. Sincerely, Dr Vincent)
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VINCENT
Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT), Thyroid, Head and Neck Surgery
Specialist Clinic
Committed to YOUR Well-being
Copyright Dr.Vincent Tan 2018
Committed to EDUCATING You EAR
LIVE BUG in ear ! First Aid
Live insect in ear
Extracted cockroach from the ear in this patient
Inspired by a recent event and a thankful patient... A ‘bugga’ decided to make my patient's ear a home at the unearthly hour of 3am... …the ear, warm n dark, cozy n comfy..if u ever had an insect or insects doing the same, don’t panic. Before u even run to the nearest doctor/ENT surgeon/clinic, apply this FIRST AID knowledge: 1. DON’T panic- other than an extreme annoyance, it is unlikely to cause you harm - you will not lose your hearing nor will it get lost into the other parts of your body like any science fiction drones (provided you have no holes in your eardrum) ! 2. DON’T immediately use any fingers/probes/cotton buds/tweezers to remove the insect. Reason: you may push it deeper in the canal towards the eardrum. The insect may feel threatened (and panic like u!) n may use its sharp hooks/claws/legs/teeth/pincers (or whatever you call it) on your skin or your eardrum – now you will have the real pain ! Sometimes the grip if so tight that the hooks/claws take a long time to remove even after the rest of the body has been removed. Worse, in a patient who has had grommet (ventilation surgery), you may even dislodge the tube. 3. Tilt that ear upwards...and pull the earlobe gently (backward and upward for an adult; backward and downward for a child)…. then pour some OIL into the ear (use oil that is human-skin friendly -eg. baby oil, olive/coconut/cooking/massage oil, please DON’T use motor/car lubrication oil unless you really, really have no other choices). Also try not to use water. Water can potentially agitate it and yet not kill it immediately, so the ‘bugga’ can get panic and cause you more harm. Purpose: oil to drown the ‘bugga’ and kill it so it doesn’t move anymore to annoy you or to loosen its grip on your skin or eardrum. Smaller insects may float upwards too. Caution: DON’T do this if the patient has a known grommet or perforation/hole in the eardrum 4. Phew !...now that 'bugga' has drowned, you have all the time in the world…take a deep breath... 5. Now … you can try removing the insect if possible with a tweezer when it is clearly seen …or tilt the head downwards so the gravity will remove/dislodge the insect. You can also try to wash the object out by flushing warm water (about our body’s temperature) into that ear. (do it at your own risk of course…well, I suppose you have no choice if you are in the middle of a jungle - still worth a try) Caution: DON’T do this if the patient has a known grommet or perforation/hole in the eardrum Once the ‘bugga’ is out, carefully check it for any missing parts eg all 6 legs intact. If you notice any part missing, seek medical attention ASAP. You can omit Step 5 if you are not confident or have no tools to do this ...so now walk (don’t run) to the nearest doctor/ENT surgeon/clinic if you feel the insect (whole or any remaining parts) are still in your ear, even you have done step 5. A trained professional should be able to confirm the completion of insect removal, assess the extent of damage done and prescribe you the medications that you need. Hopefully no ‘bugga’ decides to make your ear(s) his/her/their home ! Good luck..all the best. (This post is meant for educational purposes – a simple yet very useful first aid-  but please accept my apologies if the pics cause you any distress/nausea/unpleasant yucks. Thanks for reading. Sincerely, Dr Vincent)
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VINCENT
Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT), Thyroid, Head and Neck Surgery
Specialist Clinic
Committed to YOUR Well-being
Copyright Dr.Vincent Tan 2018