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06-02-2009, 03:33 PM
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Help getting water out of my ear.

Ever since swimming this morning, water has been stuck in my ear and no matter what I try I can't get it out. I tried hopping, more water in the ear, cotton swabs. Any tips?

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06-02-2009, 03:36 PM
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Are you sure it's water? Sometimes if you use Q-tips it actually pushes the wax into your ear and can give a similar sensation to having water in your ear. The best thing to do is go to a drug store and buy a product that cleans your ears out, you put some drops in your ears, then essentially ****** it out with warm water.

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What I used to do was tilt my head and cup my hand over my ear and push in and out ... sort of like a suction cup or mini plunger. Always worked for me ...

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Try using a hairdryer on your ears

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a little rubbing alcohol for a little but then tilt your head to get the rubbing alcohol out. i did this when i was swimming competitively throughout my younger years.

they have a thing called swimmers ear which is basically rubbing alcohol in a bottle to get water out.

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Pressure washer is probably the best answer


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06-02-2009, 03:59 PM
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Doctors have a really awesome low-pressure sprayer that loosens earwax pretty much instantly. If you've never experienced that, it's pretty much an ear orgasm. You can buy a sprayer like that, but I don't know where.

I've never tried an ear cleaning product, but a good option is spraying (or pouring) warm water into your ear. I do this every time I shower, as recommended by multiple doctors. Low pressure shower head is the best.
Dry the water out of your ears with wadded up tissue because it's more absorbent than swabs and it's also a lot harder to accidentally get the tissue dangerously deep. It's possible if you use this method, you could make contact with a small surface of water that's mostly trapped and absorb it outwards. Combine that with careful swabbing and that's your best hope.

If nothing else, lay down on the affected side and/or on your back. Your ears drain towards your eardrum from inside and out of your ear canal outside when you're on your back. That's why when you're congested, it's best to sleep on your stomach to avoid drainage towards your eardrums, which causes/encourages ear infection.

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Jump up and down with your head tilted to that side. However, avoid doing this on an airplane.

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2nd to the rubbing alcohol...pour a half cap-full into your ear with your head tilted...then tilt your head the opposite direction to dump out the alcohol and the water will be gone.

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I just had a lecture on physical examination of the ear in med school today.

It was mentioned that hydrogen peroxide, not rubbing alcohol, is best for loosening excessive wax. Any time you irrigate the ear canal with anything, make sure it is at room temperature for your comfort. Cold liquid can cause some minor side effects like vertigo.

As for getting water out, there was really no mention, but from my knowledge of anatomy, I would tend to agree with the poster above suggesting laying on your side or back to use gravity to your advantage.

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Are you sure it's water? Sometimes if you use Q-tips it actually pushes the wax into your ear and can give a similar sensation to having water in your ear. The best thing to do is go to a drug store and buy a product that cleans your ears out, you put some drops in your ears, then essentially ****** it out with warm water.
This is most likely the case and funnily enough it happened to me about a week ago. I don't remember what brand I used but it worked wonders.

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This is most likely the case and funnily enough it happened to me about a week ago. I don't remember what brand I used but it worked wonders.
Yea it happened to me, and after not being able to hear for about a day I did it and it was disgusting. You see it coming out.

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Jump up and down with your head tilted to that side. However, avoid doing this on an airplane.
Well done ... you deserve praise.

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My sister is a competitive swimmer and her trick was to pull down on your ear lobe and hop on the opposite leg (can't remember 100% if you do the same leg or the opposite, but try both). I did it once and worked like a charm.

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Try putting comet in it.

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Pressure washer is probably the best answer

Nice idea, but you're thinking too small. One of these should do the trick:


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I had this issue some years back and tried one of those suction deals that they use to clean snot out of a babies nose with. Worked like a charm though I still have no idea why we had one in the house in the package.

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have your buddy blow into your other ear with a straw.

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I'm half deaf because of water related problems under water. Something bad happened and now I can barely hear out of one ear...but when Darren helm scored in game 5 of wcf i heard that call loud and clear, haha, just kidding. Seriously though, if you feel the water still in there after a while see a doctor.

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