An ear injury that is treated immediately can prevent the loss of hearing.

Published: 15th February 2010
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EAR INJURY CAUSES:

Sticking objects in the ear, such as pencils, tweezers, cotton swabs, sticks and toothpicks.

Sudden air pressure changes, such as airplanes, scuba diving, a blow to the head.

Extreme load noises, including loud music, gun shots and fireworks.

Ear infection and illness.

Water in the ear (causing bacteria to grow).

SYMPTOMS;

Ear pain or ache

Dizziness

Loss of equilibrium

Loss of hearing

Swelling, itching and redness of the ear

Fluid draining from the ear

Visible object in the ear

Bleeding in the ear

When children experience pain in their ears, it may be a symptom of infection or fluid build up in the middle or external ear.

TREATMENT FOR OBJECTS IN THE EAR;

Objects in the ear should be gently removed using your fingers or a tweezers.

Objects that are not visible, do not stick fingers or tweezers into the ear. This can cause the object to be lodged further into the ear.

Place the ear downward towards the ground and gently shake the head to try to remove the object (avoid hitting the head when trying to remove the object).

Seek medical help if you are unable to dislodge the object from the inside of the ear.

TREATMENT FOR INSECTS IN THE EAR;

Do not stick tweezers or fingers in your ear to get the insect out. This may encourage the insect to sting or bite.

Try to encourage the insect to crawl out by turning the ear in an upward direction.

Attempt to float the insect out by using warm water or clean vegetable oil.

With a few drops of vegetable oil, gently drop into the ear while pulling the earlobe back and forth.

If insect can not be remove seek medical attention immediately.

TREATMENT FOR RUPTURED EAR DRUM;

Do not try to administer first aid.

Cover the ear with a sterile gauze to guard against infection.

Seek medical attention immediately.

TREATMENT FOR DRAINAGE FROM EAR;

Use sterile gauze to cover the outside of the ear.

Lay the person down with their affected ear towards the ground. This will encourage drainage.

Do not wash or try to clean the inside of the ear.

Any drainage coming from the ear should not be blocked.

If drainage persists, seek medical attention.

Water sports should be avoided when you have a ruptured ear drum or drainage from the ear.

PREVENTING EAR INJURY;

Do not put bobby pins, cotton swabs or other objects in the ear canal.

Learn to gently blow your nose.

Avoid exposure to loud noises, such as music, gunshots or power tools.

Protect your ears by wearing earplugs or earmuffs if you can not avoid loud noises.

Ears should be protected from sunburn by applying sunscreen or wearing a hat.

Ears should be protected from frostbite by wearing a hat that covers your ears or wearing earmuffs in cold weather.

Keep your teeth in good health. Tooth decay or abscess can lead to an ear injury.

Avoid swimming in dirty or polluted water. Use ear plugs whenever possible.

After swimming, put a few drops of equal parts vinegar (or rubbing alcohol) and water in each ear and leave in for 5 minutes. Then turn ear down to drain and dry the ears out, (this remedy will help fight any bacterial infection). This is especially important to do for children, as they are more prone to ear infection.

Hearing aids should be cleaned and stored properly (follow manufacturers recommendations).

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND VIDEO GO TO:
http:www.emergencysuppliesinfo.com
Paul Laris is an author and advisor on Emergency, Disaster and First Aid information. His website EmergencySuppliesInfo.com, will give you up to date information and videos on what to do before, during and after an Emergency.

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