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How can you safely get water out of your ears?

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If you have water in your ears, take these steps to get it out safely.

  • Dry your outer ear with a soft towel or cloth. Don’t stick the cloth into the canal.
  • Tip your head to one side to help water drain. Gently pull on your earlobe. This will straighten your ear canal and help the water flow.
  • Turn your blow dryer on the lowest setting and blow it toward your ear. Hold it at least a foot away.
  • Try over-the-counter drying drops.
  • To make drying drops at home, mix 1 part white vinegar to 1 part rubbing alcohol. Pour 1 teaspoon of the solution into each ear; tilt your head and let it drain out.

From: How to Get Water Out of Your Ears WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: Swimmer’s Ear: Overview,” “Swimmer’s Ear: Self-management,” “Swimmer’s Ear: Symptoms and Causes,” “Swimmer’s Ear: Treatment.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: “Swimmer's Ear.”

Nemours KidsHealth: “Infections: Swimmer’s Ear.”

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: “Swimmer's Ear (Otitis Externa).”

Cleveland Clinic: “How to Keep Swimmer’s Ear From Ruining Your Summer.”

Children’s Hospital St. Louis: “Swimmer’s Ear vs. Ear Infection: What’s the Difference?

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on September 20, 2017

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: Swimmer’s Ear: Overview,” “Swimmer’s Ear: Self-management,” “Swimmer’s Ear: Symptoms and Causes,” “Swimmer’s Ear: Treatment.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: “Swimmer's Ear.”

Nemours KidsHealth: “Infections: Swimmer’s Ear.”

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: “Swimmer's Ear (Otitis Externa).”

Cleveland Clinic: “How to Keep Swimmer’s Ear From Ruining Your Summer.”

Children’s Hospital St. Louis: “Swimmer’s Ear vs. Ear Infection: What’s the Difference?

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on September 20, 2017

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