July 31st, 2018 | Updated on March 6th, 2020
Having water or fluid in your ears is one of the those weird and annoying experiences that you just wish never happened in the first place. Normally, people get water in their ears after swimming, but it can happen anyway from any kind of exposure to water.
When water does find its way into the ear canal, you might feel a tickling sensation in there. However, it could spread to the your jawbone or throat. As a result of this phenomenon, you hearing may be reduced or may hear muffled sounds.
Typically, the water eventually dries out on its own, but if it does not, it could potentially lead to an ear infection. This infection is called the swimmer’s ear.
Thankfully, it is relatively easy to get water out of your ear and these tips will show you how it’s done.
1. Tilt Your Head
The simplest and most basic of methods is to tilt your head and let gravity drain the water out of your ear. Water may at times be in your ear canal but it’s never stuck there.
By getting your affected ear facing the floor, the water can eventually drain and then work its way out of your ear. It may take a couple of minutes, but be patient.
2. Create A Vacuum
Sometimes, gravity isn’t enough to get water out of your ear. You can create a vacuum by first tilting your head sideways and cupping your ear tightly with your hand to create a vacuum.
Now gently push your hand back and forth quickly like how you’d use a plunger and then remove your hand completely may help the trapped water drain out. Tug your earlobe to help with the draining.
3. Use Hydrogen Peroxide
Take an ear dropper and fill half of it with hydrogen peroxide. Shift your head so that the affected ear is a the top and drop hydrogen peroxide into it.
The cracking noises you will hear afterwards means that it’s working. Let this last until the noises stop and then get your affected ear in a downward facing position to drain the solution out of your ear. You can also tug on your earlobe to assist with the draining.
4. Use The Valsalva Maneuver
Sometimes, the water can get trapped in your Eustachian tubes, which connects your middle ear to the area right behind your nasal passages. The Valsalva maneuver is an effective technique to apply here.
To make this work, plug your nose with your fingers and then gently blow to force the air up the Eustachian tubes. Once you hear a popping sound, it means the tubs have opened. Then tilt your head to get the affected ear facing the ground and let the water drain out.
Word of advice, however; don’t use this method if you have an ear infection. And if you blow too hard, you might get a nosebleed.
5. Steam Treatment
This is another to drain water out of the Eustachian tubes. You can either take a hot shower or apply a miniature hot sauna technique. For the later, you must boil some hot water and then pour it in a bowl.
Lean towards the steaming bowl with a towel draped over your head and then inhale the steam for 5-10 minutes. Then tilt your head to drain the fluid in ear.
6. Use A Blow Dryer
A blow dryer can evaporate the water in your ear. Just be sure to keep it at the lowest heat and fan setting. Position the dryer about 6-inches away from your affected ear and let the warm air dry out the fluid in your ear. Tugging the earlobe also helps.
7. Apply A Hot Compress
Yet another effective technique to release water trapped inside the eustachian tubes. For this, take a washcloth and wet it with warm (not scorching) water. Be sure to wring it so that it doesn’t drip.
Tilt your head to the side of the affected ear and place the cloth on the outside of your ear. Leave it on for 30 seconds before removing it for a minute. Do this about 4-5 times until the fluid in ear starts to drain.
8. Use Alcohol Or Vinegar Ear Drops
Alcohol not only helps evaporate the water in your ear, it also prevents bacteria from building up, which could otherwise lead to infection. If trapped water occurs due to earwax buildup, then vinegar will help remove it.
Combine alcohol and vinegar as a mixture to make ear drops. Then use a sterile dropper to apply 3-4 drops of this mixture into your affected ear. Rub the outside of your gently, wait for 30 seconds and then tilt your head where the affected ear is, facing the ground to let the fluid drain out.
Just remember to avoid this method if you have a perforated eardrum; an outer ear infection; or tympanostomy tubes.
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