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Foreign Body, Ear (cont.)

How to Prevent Foreign Body in Ear?

Curiosity and exploration of one's body is a natural stage of development. Teaching a child that it is not good to put anything into the ear may prevent some of these mishaps. If you suspect a child has put something in his or her ear, it is important to approach these situations in a nonjudgmental manner, so that the objects can be discovered and safely removed before complications develop.

Prognosis (Outlook)

Most people recover completely after having a foreign object removed from the ear.

  • If the skin of the ear canal has been injured, antibiotic drops are frequently prescribed to prevent infection. Although most infections are minor, the severity and extent may affect the outcome.
  • Foreign objects can damage the eardrum and deeper structures of the ear. This damage can affect hearing. Such injuries are often best treated by an otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat specialist).

Medically reviewed by Peter O'Connor, MD; American Board of Otolaryngology with subspecialty in Sleep Medicine

REFERENCE:

"Diagnosis and management of foreign bodies of the outer ear"
UpToDate.com


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/1/2015
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