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Effective Remedies for Water in the Ear

Pragya T Nov 20, 2018
Those who love to swim often suffer from water in ear problems, widely known as the swimmer's ear. Using ear plugs does prevent this, but you may lose ear plugs while diving into the pool. Keep reading, if you suffer from the same ailment and are looking for an effective remedy.
One often gets water in their ears, while swimming or bathing. Water inside the ear due to bathing can be easily gotten rid of. But, water inside ear from swimming is more painful, because water in a swimming pool contains chemicals and germs. Such a situation calls for a suitable water in ear remedy.

Remedies to Get Rid of Water in Ear

Wiggling the Ear

Tilt your head to one side, put your index finger in the ear and wiggle the finger. This will allow the unnecessary water to come out. Repeat the same for the other ear.

Tilting the Head and Jumping

This is a very effective remedy for water in ear, especially if you have got it in your ears recently. You would have seen many people use this remedy at swimming pools. Stand-up on your right leg and tilt your head to the right side. Jump 8 times. The gravity and the jumping, will push out the water from the ear. Repeat similarly for the left side.

Suction Bulbs

You can buy suction bulbs at any medical store. These bulbs are generally used for babies or children. However, they can help you get rid of water from the ears too. Just tilt the head to one side, and on the tilted side insert the bulb and suck out the water. Do not insert the tip of the bulb too deep.

Hair Dryer

Take a hair dryer and set it at the lowest temperature. Check the heat of the air on your wrist. Hold it at an arm's length and blow on the affected ear for 30 seconds.

Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing some alcohol inside the affected ear can help. Alcohol causes the unnecessary water in the ear to evaporate, and kills the germs causing the infection.


Put two drops of vinegar in the affected ears. Repeat this remedy every two hours, till your ears get better.

Alcohol and Vinegar

Many people tend to mix rubbing alcohol and vinegar in equal portions and tend to create a mix. You can put two drops of this mix in the affected ear to get rid of infection and water. This mix can also be used for prevention of ear infections. So, put two drops in each ear before you go inside the pool, to prevent such problems.

Salt Water Solution

Make a salt and water solution with 1 cup water and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Make sure that the solution is at body temperature. Flush out the affected ear, with this saline solution, using a bulb syringe.

Ear Drops

There are many ear drops over-the-counter available for swimmer's ears. Read the label for instructions and use the ear drops accordingly. Such ear drops greatly help to reduce the infection.

Garlic and Olive Oil

Take a few cloves of garlic and crush them. In a small pan, take the garlic and add some olive oil. Warm this mixture, but ensure that you do not boil it. Strain the mixture and let it cool. Put several drops of the mixture in the ear. With garlic's antibiotic property and olive oil's healing ability, this home remedy works very well.

Heating Pads

Fold a hand towel and place it between your ear and the heating pad. Do not use the heating pad for long, as this might burn the ear. Also, avoid using these pads for children.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Make a solution with 1 spoon water and 1 spoon apple cider vinegar. Put 3 drops of this solution in the ears. You can also use this solution before you go swimming, to prevent infection.


Take some painkillers like ibuprofen or aspirin, for ear pain relief. Do not have consume too many painkillers. If you suffer from ear pain for several days, visiting an ENT specialist is the advice.
Water in ear can be easily treated by using any of the mentioned remedies. Consult a medical practitioner if you experience severe symptoms. These symptoms may include extreme ear pain, milky or yellow discharge from the ears, chills and fever. The doctor might use a suction device to remove water from the ear. This suction treatment is very effective.
Do not use a ear bud, as this might push the water further inside and increase the infection. If you ever had ear surgery or have had a ruptured eardrum, consult your doctor before using any of the above remedies. If you often suffer from ear problems due to water, pour baby oil in the ear, before you go swimming or use good quality ear plugs.
There are different types of swimming ear plugs available. They are very affordable and you can buy them at any sport store or at online store for a dollar or two. If you tend to lose your ear plugs often then just buy decent quality ones which come for cheap.
Keep an extra pair of plugs in your swimming gear bag, so that in case you lose one pair, you will have another one at your disposal. If you take necessary precautions, you can reduce the discomfort caused by water inside ear. And if the condition persists, you can always resort to the above-mentioned remedies.