Ear foreign body removal

Also known as: Objects in the Ear

The outer ear canal

An object has been removed from the ear canal. A foreign body in the ear can lead to irritation. Sometimes this can cause infection in the outer ear canal.

Home care

  • If prescription eardrops have been given, use these as directed. Do not get water in your ear for the next five days. (Do not go swimming for 5 days.)

  • You may use acetaminophen or ibuprofen to control pain, unless another pain medicine was prescribed. Note: If you have chronic liver or kidney disease, or if you have ever had a stomach ulcer or gastrointestinal bleeding, talk with your healthcare provider before using these medicines.

Follow-up care

Follow up with your healthcare provider, or as advised.

When to seek medical advice

Call your healthcare provider right away if any of these occur

  • Ear pain, itching, or discharge

  • Redness or swelling of the outer ear

  • Blood or fluid draining from the ear

  • Persistent hearing loss

  • Fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher, or as directed by your healthcare provider