Symptoms and Signs of Foreign Body (Object) in the Ear Symptoms, Causes, Treatment, and Removal

Doctor's Notes on Foreign Body (Object) in the Ear Symptoms, Causes, Treatment, and Removal

A foreign body in the ear most often occurs in toddlers who have placed something small in the ear canal. It can also be caused when an insect flies or crawls into the ear. Foreign bodies in the ear are common. Most foreign bodies in the ear lodge in the ear canal and become stuck.

Symptoms of a foreign body in the ear include the sensation of fullness or having something stuck in the ear, pain, and a decrease in hearing on the affected side. Associated symptoms can include vomiting and nausea, cough, and bleeding. If the object persists in the ear and is not removed, an infection may develop, producing more intense ear pain, redness, swelling, or discharge from the war.

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Medically Reviewed on 3/11/2019

REFERENCE:

Kasper, D.L., et al., eds. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 19th Ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Education, 2015.