Having swimmers ear or water in your ear is one of the most frustrating things that can happen to you. You know you have water in your ear, but you can't seem to get it out. This article focuses on the different methods of extracting water from your ear and relieving built up pressure.
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Use the palm of your hand to drain the affected ear. Place your hand on your ear with open palm, press and release. Make sure to hold the affected ear facing the ground. Similar to a suction cup, this method drains your ear and relieves pressure.
Make a mixture of alcohol and vinegar. Alcohol and vinegar when mixed in small amounts are extremely effective at evaporating water. You can use a cap to a 20 ounce bottle to mix them in. Mix no more than a half of a teaspoon of each and stir. Turn your effected ear toward the ceiling and pour the mixture in your ear. Wait 30 seconds and turn the ear toward the ground. Let the water drain into a towel or cloth.
Use ear drops. Ear drops are effective at releasing built-up water pressure. Never use more than 3 drops at a time. Hold your head upright for 30 seconds and proceed to turn your ear toward the ground. Make sure to keep your head down till all the water is completely drained.
Use cotton swabs. Oviously one cotton swab won't do the trick. You will need 5 or 6 cotton swabs. Make sure the cotton swabs are completely dry and proceed to insert deep into ear. Be careful not to go to far down as you risk injury to ear drum. You want to twist the cotton swabs multiple times until you feel the water pressure go down.
Sleep with the affected ear toward pillow. If all the methods you have tried fail, sleep on the affected ear. Make sure to sleep on a cloth or towel to keep your pillow from getting wet. This method should be used as a last resort, as it is not good to leave water in your ear for long periods of time. The longer you have water in your ear, the higher your risk for developing an ear infection.
Test for ear infection. You can buy a home test kit at your local pharmacy, that will indicate whether or not you have an ear infection. If you have an ear infection, you should not try to solve the problem yourself. You should go to a doctor for antibiotics and proper treatment.