How to Extract Water From Ear

Written by robert preston
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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
  • Eyedropper

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  1. 1

    Tilt your head so that the waterlogged ear is facing down.

  2. 2

    Bounce gently to try to dislodge the water pocket.

  3. 3

    Yawn to change the pressure in your ear canal to attempt to force the water out.

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    Create a mixture of equal parts rubbing alcohol and vinegar.

  6. 6

    Apply an ear dropper of the mixture to your ear with the ear facing up to evaporate the water, then return to Step 1.

  7. 7

    Visit a doctor if the water remains.

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