There are several reasons a person may suffer from fluid in the ear. It can be left over from a previous cold, or trapped water after swimming. The fluid can make it difficult to hear normally, and may even cause pain. Fluid in the ear is most often seen in children. The fluid can be treated with antibiotics, but this is not always necessary. There are some home remedies you can use before making a doctor's appointment.
Dry Up the Fluid
The first thing you need to do is dry up the fluid in your ear. Rubbing alcohol is the best home remedy for drying up water. Tilt the affected person's head so that the ear is facing up. Use a medicine dropper to drip three drops of rubbing alcohol in the ear. Keep the head tilted for three to five minutes. Repeat with the second ear if both ears are full of fluid. A cotton ball may be ideal to catch any liquid or rubbing alcohol that falls out of the ear when the head is brought back to an upright position. Use the rubbing alcohol twice per day until the fluid is gone.
Once you begin working to dry the water out of your ears, you need to administer another home remedy to prevent any infections from forming. Vinegar is capable of this, but it is best to dilute it before dripping it in your ear. Mix five drops of vinegar with five drops of water. Tilt the head to the side so that the ear is facing up. Place three to four drops of the vinegar/water into the ear. Wait three to five minutes before sitting up again. Repeat for the second ear if that, too, was full of fluid. Continue doing this once each day for seven to 10 days.
Treat the Pain
Heat works well at removing the pain from excess fluid in the ears. You can make your own heating pad at home with a sock and some rice. Take a clean sock and fill it halfway with uncooked rice. Tie a knot at the open end of the sock or wrap a rubber band around it. Set it in the microwave for 30 seconds and then place it over the affected ear. The rice will easily move around to conform to the shape of your ear. You can reheat your homemade heating pad as many times as you need to.