Worm In-Ear: Symptoms And Treatments Explained!

Bug or worm in the ear is a common problem that affects most people who are habitual in sleeping on the floor. Here, the small flies or cockroaches enter inside the ear and cause unnecessary sounds or ear pain or show other symptoms that might cause discomfort.

Besides, it is more common in countries where people sleep a lot, go camping, and are unaware of what is around them. 

Worms or other foreign insects can be removed by the cotton swab or by adding some liquids that will push the worm out from the ear.

However, it is a very sensitive part of the body, and if you try it on your own, it can make you suffer from other complications. So, if you want in-depth knowledge of worm treatment in the ear, then let’s explore through this article. 

What Is Worm In Ear And How It Happens?

Worm In Ear Symptoms

Many insects enter the ears while sleeping outside the home, running to forest areas, or sleeping on the floor. Also, some insects die and are removed by natural processes like oiling, shaking the head, flushing the ears, and more.

However, some stay inside and create a burrow outside the ear, which can be an irritating, painful, and worrisome situation. 

Besides, entering or having a worm is not life-threatening, but if left untreated, you can suffer from further complications like bleeding, pus, or painful reactions in the ear while eating or chewing anything.

So, it is necessary to remove the bug as soon as possible so that you can stay healthy and do not affect your hearing. But first of all, knowing the symptoms is necessary so that you can analyze if the worm is present inside your ear. 

What Are Symptoms That Show You Have Worm In The Ear?

The entering of worms or other insects in the ear can aid in mild hearing loss or any complications that can harm your sense organs. So, symptoms that show you have a worm in the ear are,

  • You might feel that a perception of a foreign object in the ear instantly enters.
  • It can cause ear swelling, redness, and itching problems. 
  • You might feel suspicious buzzing, ringing in your ear, and strange echoes, which can be mistaken for tinnitus.
  • Besides, there can be bleeding or pus draining from the ear.
  • You might go through persistent ear pain, but it is not localized from where it is happening.
  • There can be unexplained tingling and/or tickling sensation in the ear.

Best Treatment: How Can Worms Be Removed From The Ear?

When the worm enters the ear, it can give you pain or ringing sounds that can worsen with bleeding or coming off pus. So, proper treatment must be considered so that you can instantly get relief and easily remove worms.

➡️ First Aid Preparations

  • First of all, going with first aid preparations would be a better option to cure to some extent. Here, if a fly, moth, ant, or other insect has gotten into your ear, firstly try to keep calm. It will prevent you from panicking, and you can think over the next step to remove it. 
  • Afterward, try to remove it yourself, but if you cannot remove it gently, you may contact an ENT specialist. 
  • Moreover, under no circumstances should you try to remove it by introducing tweezers or any similar items into the ear as it can harden, or there can be a risk of injury inside the ear.

➡️ Trying Home Remedies

After doing first aid practice, if the bug or worm does not get removed, you may try some home remedies that will help to remove the worm from the ear, like,

  • The first thing that you should do is ask someone to look inside the ear canal by shining a flashlight or helping with a magnifying glass. In this way, you can identify the type of bug and figure out its location.
  • Moreover, you must get into a comfortable position and duly prepare for the extraction. Afterward, sit somewhere with your head tilted to one side so that others can have easy access to the ear.
  • Again, try to move your ear by tilting your head with the affected ear downward, and then try to tug the ear a little. Afterward, you can grasp the cartilage area and move it a little. Through this method, if the bug has not penetrated deeply, it may fall off on its own.
  • Finally, you can flush the ear with warm water using a dropper or bulb syringe. It can be done by keeping your head tilted and dilating the ear canal by pulling on the pinna (the outermost part of the ear). 
  • Further, you have to let a steady stream of warm water flow into the ear and tilt your head to the other side to drain it. If it gets outside, you will have something moving out of your ears, and you can get back to your normal activities.

➡️ Consultation From Doctor

However, even after following all home-based remedies, if the worm or bugs does not come out, then you should consult an otolaryngologist, who is best known for treating all types of ear problems.

They will analyze the situation and further use devices to remove the worm from the ear. It is finally the best way to remove and clean your ear from foreign particles without getting injured or hurt inside the ear. 


The ear is the most important part of any living creature in this world, which does not only aid in hearing but gives every signal to the brain.

However, if any foreign particles or worms enter the ear, then it can provide you with discomfort or painful reactions that can worsen if not treated properly.

Moreover, if there are any worms available inside the ear, then the above treatment option can give you instant and better relief.   

However, if treated on your own, do not try to proceed with this irritation if you fear that the eardrum is injured; otherwise, you may make the situation worse.

So, a better option is to consult an otolaryngologist for better and more effective treatments.


Dr. Nicola Fawcet is a highly regarded Consultant in General Medicine known for her expertise in providing comprehensive medical care with a focus on holistic patient well-being. With a passion for internal medicine, Dr. Fawcet has dedicated her career to delivering high-quality healthcare and improving patient outcomes.

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