Getting water stuck in your ear is always a risk when showering or swimming. While water will usually drain from your ears naturally, occasionally a pocket of water will form in a canal in your ear leading to a feeling of increased pressure and sometimes pain. If left unchecked, a pocket can even lead to an ear infection. There are a variety of methods which can be used to safely remove the water, which should clear up most water problems.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Cotton swabs
- Vegetable oil
Tilt your head so that the waterlogged ear is facing down.
Bounce gently to try to dislodge the water pocket.
Yawn to change the pressure in your ear canal to attempt to force the water out.
Gently sweep the inner ear with a cotton swab if the pocket is not deep within the ear canal. Inserting a swab deep into your ear can damage your ear drum.
Create a mixture of equal parts rubbing alcohol and vinegar.
Apply an ear dropper of the mixture to your ear with the ear facing up to evaporate the water, then return to Step 1.
Visit a doctor if the water remains.
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