How to get the water out of the ears
People often find themselves with water in their ears after a swim or a bath, particularly in the summer months. Although the water in your ears can be a mere annoyance, if you do not remove it and if it does not drain on its own, it could lead to inflammation, irritation or infection of external and internal ear canals, a condition also known as the “swimmer’s ear”. Fortunately, it is often easy to remove it, thanks to simple methods. If home care does not work and you feel pain in your ear, it is important to consult a doctor immediately.
1) Use a homemade solution with a part of isopropyl alcohol and a part of white wine vinegar.
In addition to facilitating the evaporation of water, these drops will also serve to prevent infections in part. Use a dropper to pour several drops of this solution into the affected ear. Then, let it flow well. You could get an adult to help put the drops in your ear.
The vinegar dissolves the wax that may retain water, while the alcohol dries quickly and takes away the water.
Alcohol will also help to evaporate the water faster.
Do not use this method if you have a drilling of the eardrum.
2) Create the emptiness in your ear.
Place the affected ear facing down and press the palm of your hand over it for short intervals until the water starts to come out. Remember to keep it facing the floor, otherwise, you could push the water deeper into the conduit. Thanks to this method, you will create a pneumatic vacuum that will draw water towards the hand.
Alternatively, put your ear down, insert your finger into the conduit and create a vacuum by pushing and pulling it out quickly. Water should start to go out very quickly. It should be noted that this is not the preferred solution, as any scratches in the ear canal can cause infections. If the palm method does not work and you want to try using your finger, make sure you have a clean finger and short nails.
During the “in” phase of the suction method, it may be helpful to massage the ear with a circular movement in a clockwise direction while the air is compressed. This could help to soften the wax so that excess moisture is released.
3) Dry the ear with the hairdryer.
Although you may have doubts about it, this method seems to have worked for some people. Set the hairdryer to minimum power, keep it at least 30 cm away from your head and blow into your ear until you feel the water is removed. Just make sure the air is not too hot and the hair dryer is not that close to burning.
Alternatively, you can put the hair dryer in such a way that the jet gets cut at the opening of the ear canal, rather than directly inside the ear canal. Whenever hot, dry air passes near water, it leads to the gaseous phase in the form of water vapour.
4) Use over-the-counter drops to remove water from your ears.
As for the home solution, you can ask an adult for help to pour the drops into the ear.
5) Rub the ear with a cloth.
Rub the outer ear slowly and gently with a soft towel or cloth to remove part of the water, with the ear pointing downwards. Just make sure you do not push the cloth inside your ear, or you could push the water even deeper.
6) Tilt the head to the side slightly.
Another method you can try is to stand on one foot and tilt your head to the side to direct the affected ear to the ground. Try to jump on one foot to drain the water. It may be helpful to pull the lobe to open the ear canal more or pull the upper part of the ear towards the head.
You can also avoid jumping and simply tilt your head to one side.
7) Lie on your side with your ear down.
Gravity could cause the water to drain naturally. Lay down with your ear directly on the ground for better results, otherwise, use a pillow. Stay in position for at least a few minutes. You can watch television or find other activities so as not to get bored.
If you notice the presence of water in your ears at night, make sure, when you lie down for sleep, to turn the affected ear down. This will increase the chances of draining the water during sleep.
8) He chews.
Pretend to chew to move the jaw around the ear. Tilt the head sideways from the side without water, then move it quickly to the other side. You can also try using a chewing gum to free the ear. The water in your ears stops in the Eustachian tubes, which are part of the inner ear, and by chewing you could free them.
You can try to chew with the head tilted by the water for better results.
9) She yawns.
In some cases, you could break the “bubble” of water with a simple yawn. All movements that can affect the water in the ear can relieve tension and drain it. If you experience a “pop” or a water move, this method could have a positive effect. As with chewing gum, this method also helps rid the Eustachian tubes.
10) Consult a doctor if necessary.
You should consult a doctor when you begin to experience pain as well as the presence of water in your ear. Also, consider that an infection of the middle ear can give the feeling of water in the ear, and it is a condition to be treated. However, there is a good chance that the pain that accompanies the presence of water is a symptom of the swimmer’s ear. If you have the following symptoms, you should immediately consult a doctor:
Yellow, yellow-green excretions, similar to pus or stinking from the ear.
Ear pains that increase when you pull the outer ear.
Itching of the ear canal or ear.
Preventing Future Problems
11) Dry your ears after swimming.
After being in the water, swimming in the sea, in the pool or after taking a bath or a shower, you should be careful to dry your ears. Remove the water from the outside of the ears with a clean cloth, and also tamp the area near the ear canal. Be sure to tilt your head to one side and to the other to remove excess water from your ears.
It is true that some people are more vulnerable to water in the ears of others since this depends a lot on the shape of the ear. If you often have water in your ear, you should be particularly careful.
12) Avoid using cotton sticks to clean your ears.
Even if you might think that a cotton bud can help release your ears, these tools actually have the opposite effect and can push earwax and water deeper into your ear. They can also scratch the inside of the ears, causing pain.
Even using a tissue to clean the inside of the ears you can scratch them.
13) Avoid using earplugs or insert cotton swabs into your ears when there is water inside.
Using these items during sleep may have a similar effect on cotton sticks if a substance is stuck in the ears. If you suffer from ear pain or you have the impression that there is water in them, avoid using these items for the time being.
You should also avoid using headphones until the pain goes away.
Do not scratch the inside of the ears or you could cause an infection.
Be careful not to damage your ears.
You can find a product with 95% specific alcohol to remove water from your ears.
Blow your nose. Pressure variation will often solve the problem.
Pour a cup of isopropyl alcohol into the ear with water, with that side of the head facing up. Then incline your head so that your ear is facing down. The water should exit immediately.