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Getting water out of ears

Swimmer’s ear is the most common name for the condition when water is in the ear.  Water getting trapped in the ear can cause problems with hearing making sounds muffled and not clear.  Water normally drains out of the ear, but if it does not then an infection can occur.  The infection is more apt to happen if you swim in bacteria polluted water, get in pool or hot tub that is not maintained, or if you have a chronic skin condition of the ear, such as psoriasis or eczema.  Wearing ear plugs is always a safe way to prevent this problem.

Want to know ways to get water out of your ears?

Below are some suggestions for safely removing water that is trapped in your ear without going to your physician:

  • Jiggling the earlobe:  Move the earlobe while tilting the head down toward the shoulder.
  • Applying a warm compress:   The person should leave the compress in place for about 30 seconds, remove it for a minute, and then repeat four or five times. Lying down on the affected side of the body may also help the water to drain.

  • Use a blow dryer:  Evaporate the trapped water in the ear using a blow dryer. Set the blow dryer to its lowest setting and hold it about 1 foot away from the ear. By tugging the earlobe down while moving the dryer in a back-and-forth motion, the heat from the dryer may evaporate the trapped water.
  • Apply hydrogen peroxide:  Diluting hydrogen peroxide ear drops with water. Use a capful of the solution. After 2-3 minutes, they should tilt the affected side of the head, which will allow the fluid to drain out.

Do not use methods that involve ear drops if you already have an ear infection, a punctured eardrum, or ear tubes.

Source:  Medical News Today


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