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Daneillelouis0817_louis's avatar

A bed bug just crawled in my ear what should I do?

Asked by Daneillelouis0817_louis (7points) September 14th, 2015

I need help taking it out

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ZEPHYRA's avatar

Yikes! Get some white vinger, put a few drops into a dropper after having diluted it with a bit of water or white medical spirits- SMALL AMOUNTS! Then put in a few drops. Otherwise get to a doc!

ZEPHYRA's avatar

@Daneillelouis0817_louis hey, what have you done about it? I feel for you because of tremendous ear sensitivity, so I guess you must be tense about it.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I worked for the ambulance service for many years and did observation and assist time at the local hospital’s emergency room. A woman came in screaming that a roach ran up her arm while she was drinking a beer and went into her ear.
“Oh Lordy! Oh, Lordy ! He’ trying to come out my froat!” She was gagging and kicking and yelling. With great difficulty we got her onto an examining room table.
The doc on call poured mineral oil into her ear and after few minutes pulled the dead roach out using alligator forceps.

The roach was missing a leg.

marinelife's avatar

ER quickly.

Coloma's avatar

Irrigate your ear with a squeeze bottle of warm water or get in the shower and try to flush it out.
Otherwise, if you cannot flush it out see your doctor.

ZEPHYRA's avatar

Hope you not the same person who was shaking and weak 2 or 3 days ago and who got us all anxious about her/his health and did not bother to answer and let us know how she is! Please let us know how you coped!

Love_my_doggie's avatar

@Daneillelouis0817_louis I urge you to do something about your bedbug problem. Bedbugs are nasty and difficult to eliminate. If your home is infested with bedbugs, the one that crawled inside your ear will be the least of your problems.

I’m not minimizing your ear infestation. Please take the advice of everyone above; try some self-care irrigation and, if necessary, see a doctor. But, your problem is much larger than that.

My cousin, who lives in Manhattan, had a bedbug infestation. He summarizes his experience as, “You DON’T want bedbugs!”

SmashTheState's avatar

Hydrogen peroxide and water in your ear should drown the bedbug. You’ll hear the peroxide foaming in your ear, and this is normal and harmless. It should drown the bedbug and if the foam doesn’t push it out, it’ll migrate out on its own with your ear wax.

ibstubro's avatar

Get out of bed.

Buttonstc's avatar

If you don’t have any of the liquids previously mentioned (as I didn’t when one of those little tiny bugs crawled in my ear), try ordinary mouthwash.
That’s all I had available to me.

The alcohol will kill the bug but isn’t as strong (or possibly harmful as straight Isopropyl Alcohol is). After all, if the amount of alcohol in mouthwash doesn’t irritate the mucus membrane of your mouth, it’s not going to do any damage to the ear.

But in my case, even tho the bug was quite dead, I still went to the ER because even tho I took a shower, washed my hair and poured water in my ear trying to get it out, it was still there. I could feel it.

So, they took a syringe full of water and flushed it out.

What a relief. I just couldn’t stand the thought of having a dead bug rotting awat in my ear for who knows how long.

Anyhow, use any of the suggested items to kill it and then go from there.

BTW: How do you know it’s a bedbug and not some other type of bug?

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Call your local clinic for advice. If you choose to handle this alone, I suggest flushing as many other people have posted above. Or you can simply apply heat. Bedbugs have a very low tolerance for heat. 120F for a few minutes causes them to migrate, longer than that, they die. Place a heat source near your ear. Near your ear, about six inches, not on it. A heat lamp, if you have one, or a flood light will do in a pinch. It should come out on it’s own.

Next you must deal with the infestation. If this came from your home, a chemical fumigation service is probably the best solution, but a lot of people don’t tolerate the poisons used, although the services claim they are safe.

Otherwise, you can do it old school. Bedbugs like to live in dark, cool places, such as deep in the stuffing in bedding and sofas. You can close up your home and max out all it’s heat sources for a day to raise the inside temp over 100F for 24 hours. Or you can do as they did before central heating: place all your bedding, pillows, rugs, and upholstered furniture outside in the sun for as long as possible on an 80F+ day. They will migrate somewhere else. As it is the middle of September, you might not have many 80F days left before winter sets in. All your clothes, especially coats and jackets, should be run through a dryer on high heat for at least 30 minutes.

Good luck.

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