How to Get Water Out of Your Ear

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Entering of water in the ears is a very common thing, this can happen while you are swimming or taking a bath. However, if this water remains in your ears for a long time, then it can lead to an infection and also cause damage to the eardrums. Water in the ears can also result in pain. Here are some tips that can help you get water out of your ear.

The first thing that you should make sure of is that before taking any steps is whether there is water in your ears or not. This can be done easily by tapping your temples (sides of the forehead) with the wrists. If you feel uneasy, then there is water in your ear. You can try standing on one foot and tilt the head so that the affected ear faces the floor. Now hop on one foot until the water drains out of the ear. You can also place a finger in your ear and create vacuum by quickly pushing in and pulling out your finger rapidly. Doing this should get the water out of the ear rapidly.

You can pour some water into a dropper. Keep the affected ear facing upwards and add a few drops of water into the affected ear. Now, immediately turn the head so that the affected ear faces the floor now. Repeat this step until all the water empties from the affected ear. You can also prepare a mixture of half vinegar and half isopropyl alcohol. Put a few drops of this mixture into the affected ear and wait. This mixture will dry up the water in the ear within a few minutes. The mixture also breaks down wax in the ear that might be holding some water.

Sleep with the affected ear facing the pillow. The water should come out of the affected ear in a short while because of the force of gravity. You can also use a hair dryer to dry the water in the ear. Keep the dryer setting on low and do not hold it too close to the ear. You can also make use of antiseptic eardrops that are available over the counter. Pour 2 to 3 drops of the antiseptic in the affected ear and let it face downwards. The water should come out along with the eardrops.

Act as if you are gnawing on food and tilt your head to the side that is not affected, and then quickly tilt it to the side that is affected. This should get the water out of your ear. You can also face the affected ear downwards and push your palm in and out until water starts to come out. If none of these steps work and you are still uncomfortable, then it is better to contact a medical practitioner as soon as possible. If the water remains inside the ear for a long time, it can cause serious infections and also damage the eardrum.

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  • This worked great. The one that worked for me was putting my palms to my temples, tilting my head and jumping, and when I stood up straight I felt it start to drain so I tilted and let it come out. Thanks so much!

  • This really worked fast as soon as I read that you hit your temple with ur wrist within seconds and I made the attempt the water came out 🙂

  • My arms just hurt when I put my wrists up to my ears I can't hear out of my right ear that well is it water or am I deaf out that ear?

  • Thank you so much! I have ear problems and water in their is a NO NO lol, plus it bugs me ALOT I did the first to steps (hopping on one foot and using the finger vacuum) and POOF gone! haha ty!

  • This is a great article. I went swimming and got a ton of water in my ear but when I read your article none of the reasons worked for me. I still have the water in my ear after I tried half of the ideas but I still have some more to go. Hope I get it out. Wish me luck!

  • I've tried all of these except the drops, and nothing has worked yet. I'm also a bit annoyed that you say several times that water should not be left inside the ear "for a long time". A long time? Is that a few hours? A few days? A few weeks? It's way too ambiguous.

  • The hopping on one foot worked, even though I had to do it for a few min and was being laughed at the whole time 🙂 Thank you so much for the help my ear has finally stopped hurting!

  • I was swimming and now both my ears are with water. I can get the water out of one ear but not the other. I tried everything you said and it doesn't work!

  • I tried hopping but it doesent come out and when I eat my jaw hurts……….:(boo and my mom has it too because we bought a pool and we we went in there for 3 days and it hurts bad :(….

  • Thanks, this is awesome, this is the only thing that worked. Hopping on the foot worked, I've been struggling all day, thanks again!

  • Ok you have no idea how grateful I am. I’ve had water in my ears for hours, so for hours I’ve been tilting my head and shaking. What I did not try, though, was the standing on one foot and jumping w my head tilted. That did the trick. Thank you sm!!!

  • I get excruciating pain when I get even a drop of water in my ear. I can’t go swimming, I can’t take a bath. When I take a shower I have to cover my ears. When I get water in my ear, it immediately hurts. It makes me cry, the pain is unbearable. Why???

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