9 months ago
Last edited at 10:46AM on 8/2/2012
Getting water trapped in your ear after swimming is definitely annoying, and can even cause ear infections. To get rid of water in your ear, first you should dry your ear with a towel, and then tilt your head so your ear is by your shoulder. Then pull gently on your earlobe so that the water can drain out. If that doesn't work, you can actually put 5 or 6 drops of rubbing alcohol inside your ear, the alcohol dries up the water on contact, and doesn't hurt your ear. Afterwards, tilt your head to the side and allow the excess rubbing alcohol to drain out onto a towel or tissue. Good luck!
I suffer from swimmer's ear every time I wash my hair and get water in my ear. The doctor I saw who specializes in ENT (ear, nose and throat) recommended a 50/50 mix of rubbing alcohol and apple cider vinegar (the brown stuff). The alcohol breaks the surface tension of the water trapped in your ear and helps remove it; the cider vinegar restores the ph balance to the tissue that has been exposed to the alcohol. Place a few drops of the mix in the ear, then work the ear a little by pressing the front of the ear to close the canal and move your jaw up and down a few times as if chewing. Tip you head over a towel to drain the ear, gently tugging at the ear lobe to help it drain.
There is a bottled solution available at local pharmacies/markets, mine is labeled Auro-Dri but different stores probably have other brands. A few drops in affected ear should alleviate the problem. Solution is 95 percent isopropyl alcohol and 5 percent anhydrous glycerin
You can try putting a little rubbing alcohol in your ear with a cotton ball in at the end and let it sit there for a while then just tilt your head and let the alcohol and water run out of your ear onto the cotton ball or if that doesn't work, once we used a beeswax ear candle to get it out.. you should be able to find one at a local health food store. Hope this helps!(: