12 Tips on Removing Stuck Water in Ear When Swimming
Having water in your ear may lead to infection, but there are several methods for draining it out
12 Tips on Removing Stuck Water in Ear
You were enjoying a swim in a pool when suddenly, water got inside your ear. This could be pretty annoying, especially if you don’t know how to get water out of your ear. Besides from being annoying, the stuck water in your ear can cause reduced hearing and pain. If you own a pool, you should always keep you pool clean. See tips here.
Usually, water will drain out on its own, but there are several ways to remove it fast. But, if the water still stays over two or three days, you should consult a physician. Here are some proven tips you could try to remove the water from your ear.
1. Jiggling the earlobe
Tilt your head to the right or left, depending on the affected ear, in a downward motion toward your shoulder. Then gently jiggle your earlobe. You can also try to shake your head from side to side while in the same position.
2. Create a vacuum with your palm and utilize gravity
Tilt your head sideways ensuring that the affected ear is parallel to the ground. While in this position, place your palm flat on top of your ear. Then press hard on it and remove it quickly, which will create a temporary vacuum. And, with the help of gravity, the water will be dislodged.
3. Valsalva maneuver
Take a deep breath, then close your mouth and pinch your nostrils. Gently blow air through your nose while your nostrils are pinched. If you have done this correctly, the Eustachian tubes in your ears will open which means that the water is out of your ears. It is important that you don’t blow too hard as it can cause damage to your eardrums.
4. Use a blow dryer
Get a dryer and set the heat to warm and the airflow to low. Place it in front of your ears about 10 to 12 inches away from it. Pull the earlobe of your affected ear downward. Then turn the blow dryer on aiming it in the ear canal. Hold it there for 30 seconds. If the water is not yet removed, repeat again. The theory is that the warm air will cause the water to evaporate. It is important to note that the air flow should never be high as it can damage your eardrums. It should not also be done for more than a minute.
5. Drop a solution of rubbing alcohol and vinegar
Mix one teaspoon of rubbing alcohol and one teaspoon of vinegar. Using a dropper, apply about two to three drops of the solution to your affected ear. Then gently rub the opening of your ear canal. After 30 seconds, tilt your head to drain out the fluid. The rubbing alcohol will cause the water to evaporate and kill germs. The vinegar also helps in killing the germs.
6. Steam inhalation
Have some hot steaming water in a large bowl. Inhale the steam for five to ten minutes while being covered with a blanket. Then tilt your head sideward where the affected ear is. The water will drain out as the steam opens the Eustachian tubes.
7. Heat compress
Have some hot water in a bowl. Then dip a washcloth in it. Wring out the excess water then place the washcloth on the affected ear for about 30 seconds. Repeat this for four to five times, ensuring that there is a one-minute interval between. Then tilt your head sideward where the affected ear is. The water will drain out as the heat opens the Eustachian tubes.
8. Apply some hydrogen peroxide
Apply about 4 to 5 drops of 3% hydrogen peroxide into the ear canal of the affected ear using a dropper. Let it settle for 1 or 2 minutes, then tilt your head to drain the water out. The hydrogen peroxide has an effervescent property that helps remove water, debris, bacteria, and ear wax.
9. Hot salt compress
Place ¼ cup of salt in a microwave and heat it. Put this heated salt in a cotton cloth and tie it tightly. Place the cloth in front of the opening of the affected ear and hold it for 2 to 3 minutes. The salt will absorb the water and help relieve pain.
10. Apply a few drops of olive oil
Heat some olive oil in a bowl until it’s lukewarm. With the use of a dropper, apply a few drops of it into the ear canal of the affected ear. Let it settle for 10 minutes. Then tilt your head sideways to drain the water and oil out. You can then use an earbud to absorb the remaining fluid.
11. Apply some garlic extract
Extract the juice from garlic cloves by pressing it. Then apply a few drops of it to the affected ear with a dropper. Get a dryer and set the heat to warm and the airflow to low. Place it in front of your ears about 10 to 12 inches away from it. Pull the earlobe of your affected ear downward. Then turn the blow dryer on aiming it in the ear canal. Hold it there for 30 seconds.
12. Chew or yawn
Chewing or yawning has been known to open the Eustachian tubes in your ears. You can chew some gum if you have stuck water in your ear.