Insects in the Ear
Insects may fly into the ear and become trapped causing great discomfort and pain. Sometimes, the insect dies after entering the ear; other times, it may remain alive and attempt to work its way back out of the ear. In either case, the insect should be removed immediately.
What to do in an emergency situation?
If you think the insect is still alive and it does not come out with gentle head shaking, pour a small amount of vegetable or baby oil into the ear canal. This will usually suffocate and immobilize the insect. If you think the insect is dead and it does not come out with gentle head shaking, pour a small amount of warm water into the ear canal to flush it out.
Do not attempt to remove the insect by poking it with a cotton swab or similar probe. This may push the insect farther into the ear or cause damage to the middle ear and eardrum.
Consult an Ear Specialist
Insects are able to cause damage to the inside of the ear by stinging or scratching the eardrum.
The ear should be examined under a microscope and any damage if done is assessed and treated accordingly.
Antibiotic ear drops, analgesics, antibiotic may be prescribed.