Have you ever had an insect in your ear?
In fact, there are times when an insect finds its way into your ear. You may not even notice this at first, but your ear will start to itch. Then when you see a doctor, they'll find the little culprit in your ear.
In this case, your ear, nose and throat doctor will do an ear rinse to get the insect back outside.
A woman in China, for example, experienced something like this. After experiencing an itch in her ear for four days, she went to see her doctor. He actually discovered something in her ear that didn't really belong there. A jumping spider had crawled into the sleeping woman's ear and made its home there. But because the spider did not want to move out voluntarily, the doctor had to help.
Spiders in the ear
In Australia, a man named Hendrik Helmer was plagued by severe pain in his ear that night. He feared that a poisonous Australian spider had lodged in his ear, and first rinsed his ears with water himself. Ultimately, the uninvited guest could only be unmasked in the hospital: a doctor found a 2 cm long cockroach in his ear canal. The doctor first had to kill the cockroach in order to then free the man from it.
In India it was similar to an ear patient. A living cricket had made itself comfortable in the man's ear. The man had severe earache, so he went to the hospital to see a doctor. Crickets are one of those insects that hide in a narrow cave during the day and are active at night, and this specimen had found the man's ear canal to be a good cave.
Is an ear pince-nez dangerous?
Perhaps you are particularly uncomfortable with the idea of all of the insect kingdoms looking for a cave in your immediate vicinity at night. There are, for example, a lot of horror stories about the ear pince-nez. Ear peasants are also nocturnal, and they have special forceps that they can supposedly use to injure a person's eardrum. This is actually a myth, because although these insects have sizeable pincers, the name is misleading. However, ear pincers were actually used for medicinal purposes in earlier times. In the Middle Ages they were ground to be used for ear diseases. At the time, it was believed that the powder made from it would help with inflammation or ear pain in the ear canal.
Other countries other manners
When you spend your nights in the great outdoors, it can happen that an insect lodges in your ears. The ancient Egyptians therefore used a special headrest. This minimized the risk that an intruder could find their way into the nose, mouth or ear. The sleeping comfort left a lot to be desired.
Sleeping on the floor is perfectly normal in some African cultures. As a result, people are directly exposed to many insects and need suitable protective measures against them. We know of some peoples that they prop themselves up on their elbows to sleep. The head is placed either on the shoulder or on the palm of the hand. This makes it more difficult for the insect to reach the raised head position and to find an unprotected body entrance such as ears, nose or mouth.
The correct course of action for an insect in the ear
If you ever have the feeling that an insect has moved into your ear, then you should see a doctor as soon as possible. You might find it comforting to know that such cases are extremely rare. This is because nature has developed a sophisticated natural defense mechanism. Did you know that insects can be put off by the bitter substances in your ear wax?
Valuable tips for such situations:
In any case, you should stay calm. Even if the thought makes you panic, you should know that in most cases the insects will crawl out of your ear on their own.
See a doctor right away who can professionally remove the insect with the correct tools. This will prevent unnecessary damage to your ear.
If you are unable to have a doctor remove the crawly animal, you can do the following: Tilt your head so that the affected ear is pointing up. Now you put vegetable oil, for example olive oil, in the ear. Wait a few minutes for the oil to work. This is how you kill the insect. Then rinse your ear with lukewarm water. Check that the insect is complete. If any part of the animal's body is missing, you should see a doctor immediately. Be sure to have your ear examined so that you can rule out injuries.
You should never try to remove the insect from your ear canal with tweezers or any other object. This would only bring the insect deeper into your ear canal, in the worst case it can sting. There is a risk of injuring your eardrum.
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