During one of the regular night outs in my college days, one of my friends suddenly started complaining of ear pain. Engrossed in watching one of the most hilarious episodes of an English series we ignored her pain and continued laughing. We ignored her pleas until she finally screamed for help holding her ears and was rushed to our campus hospital immediately in the middle of the night. The physician examined her ears and immediately shocked us with his diagnosis-a bug inside my friend’s ears!
Yes. You heard it right and there is no need to re-read the diagnosis! Insects are disgusting for many of us and some might even faint when they find bugs crawling around ears of people trying to find refuge inside. Although uncommon, bugs can sometimes enter our ears and stay inside it for a while.
There are quite a few scenarios that pave way for bugs to enter our ears. Many of our apartments house cockroaches, lizards, mosquitoes and flies and seem attractive to quite a few other insects as well. In such cases, it is easy for the insect to crawl into our ear while sleeping and cause discomfort. Insects are commonly seen in plant-dense areas such as forests, gardens, parks and zoos. Gardening is fun and a great way to beautify our lovely homes. But along with fruits, flowers and veggies our gardens keep nurturing insects as well. Visiting hilly areas, dense forests for trekking/hiking purposes or even spending time in our garden attract insects that can fly into our ears. These bugs mostly die immediately after entering our ears but rarely, an unfortunate few find themselves fighting against live bugs inside their ears that keep moving around the ear seeking for a way out! In this case the person experiences extreme discomfort, pain and irritation.
A bug in the ear is not dangerous but can lead to complications sometimes. It is better to remove the insect as quickly as possible to avoid further damage.
Are You Having A Bug Inside Your Ears?
Most times, the person does not see the bug entering his/her ears and realizes its presence only after symptoms start to show up. The most common symptoms include pain and discomfort. Our external ear and the outer side of the eardrum have cranial nerves that act as messengers sending information to the brain. Presence of any external object (for instance, a bug) can irritate these nerves and cause pain.
Very rarely, the insect stays alive and keeps crawling inside the ear to find a way out. Depending on the type of bug inside the ear, the bug might also repeatedly sting or bite until it is trapped inside. This can be extremely uncomfortable and painful that can also lead to redness, swelling or discharge (blood or pus comes out which indicate injury to the ear).
Adults are quite familiar with the buzzing noise and can readily identify a bug with its buzzing sound and movement. But it is quite difficult to identify the cause of pain in a child’s ear. If your kid keeps constantly scratching or rubbing any of their ears, it might be an indication of a bug inside the ear canal.
Do’s & Don’ts For Removing the Bug
A bug inside the ear is not life-threatening but has to be done carefully to avoid complications.
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