Is there something lodged in your ear that doesn't belong? Unsure of what steps you should take next? At Treasure Valley Hospital our goal is to serve and educate you to feel as confident as possible in your health. Continue reading this article to find out more.
Anything that doesn't belong in your ear is considered a Foreign Body. Some of the most common things include:
Other, more dangerous, objects include:
While many people can remove the foreign body at home (using a pair of tweezers or filling the ear with a safe oil to allow the object to move towards the entrance), some circumstances may require professional help. Contact your doctor if:
There are several things an ENT doctor can do to remove the foreign body and repair whatever damage may have been done:
It may take some time to heal if there is an infection, open wound, or swelling due to the foreign body/removal; however, recovery should happen on its own within a week. If the eardrum has been perforated, it normally heals within 2 months, depending on whether surgery is required to repair it.
If you're looking for more information on this topic, a different procedure, or wondering if our team might be the right fit for you, contact one of our ENT Doctors and make an appointment!
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