Not a lot of people are fond of having creepy crawlies and other insects getting near them, and especially not in body orifices like ears. Somehow, someway, however, certain insects still manage to get inside the ears, particularly while you are sleeping.
It’s fairly easy to imagine how this can induce panic, especially if this happens while you are vacationing in an unfamiliar territory. You’re not sure what kind of insect literally got into you, and you would want to get rid of it at the soonest possible time before it does any serious injury. If you have vaccinations, however, you can at least mitigate that concern of contracting diseases from a biting insect inside your ear.
Depending on what the insect is, and how big it is, a doctor may be needed to remove it. The doctor may need to use tweezers to pluck the insect out from your ear. However, should it be too small in size, like an ant or a small cockroach, you may be referred to an ENT (eyes, nose throat) specialist so they can have a closer look at the situation.
Tools for Removal
The ease and success of the procedure will largely depend on the size of the insect and the patient’s cooperation. If the tweezers are not going to be helpful, then the doctor can instead use suction or irrigation tools to flush or drive the insect out of the ear canal. You can ease your children’s worry by explaining to them that the procedure is actually similar to cleaning out earwax.
Once the insect is out and the ear is certified to be clear of any intrusive foreign object, then you can go back to enjoying your vacation without any more concerns. It should be a lesson, though, for you to get vaccinations for travel, to make sure you are protected from any possible close encounters of the creepy crawly kinds while you’re out exploring new territories.
Help! An Insect Flew Into My Ear. MyPhysiciansNow.com.
Travel Smart: Get Vaccinated. CDC.com.