While swimming or bathing in the shower, the water can get into the ear. This is a common occurrence and can happen to anyone. And cause discomfort. It can also be accompanied by pain and reduced hearing ability.
If not treated immediately, then the incoming fluid and trapped in the ear can cause hearing loss, the formation of cysts, inflammation of the eardrum, and other complications.
Things you should do first is, you need to find out whether the liquid that goes into your ear accumulates in the outer ear or inner ear.
Accumulation of fluid in the inner ear is certainly recommended to consult ENT specialist, it is intended to get a better handling. While the accumulation of fluid in the outer ear or middle part can be treated at home.
The important thing is, you do not need to fear and panic unnecessarily, because there are some techniques or a simple and easy way but has a tremendous effect to remove fluid that goes into your ear.
And here are some techniques to remove water or liquid that goes into your ear:
- Gravity technique
Tilt your head to the side in accordance with the ears take in water, for example, your right ear that take in water, then you have to tilt your head to the right to the face to the ground.
Place the palm of your hand to your ear problematic to cover the ear canal. Press your palms toward the ear such as pumping. Hold for a few seconds, and then release the palm of your hand.
In addition, yawning or chewing movements can also help remove water from the ear canal to create pressure in the middle ear and stretch the ear canal.
Note: Do not apply pressure quickly and repeatedly at a time.
- Valsalva Maneuver Technique
Valsalva maneuver will help your ears open the eustachian tube and push the water out of your ears.
Take a deep breath, then close your mouth and your nose hole with two fingers of your hand. Blow air out of your nose to regulate air pressure. If done correctly, you will hear a slight popping sound which means the Eustachian tubes open again.
Note: Do not blow your nose too hard as it may cause damage to the eardrum.
- Using Hair Dryer
Hair dryer can also be used to accelerate the evaporation of the liquid is trapped in the ear. Because of warm, dry air will convert water into steam and eventually help remove the water out of your ears.
Pull your ears away from your body. Hold the hair dryer about 10 to 12 inches from your ear. Arrange a hot hair dryer to warm.
Navigate directly into your ear canal or holes that take in water. Hold the hair dryer in the position for about 30 seconds. If necessary, repeat again.
Note: Do not do this for more than a few minutes at a time.
- Massage With Alcohol And Vinegar
Alcohol and vinegar is an ancient treatment method to get rid of the fluid in the ear. Anti-bacterial properties of vinegar will help kill germs in the ear, while alcohol may help drain water into the ear.
Mix one teaspoon each of alcohol and vinegar. By using a pipette, drop 2 to 3 drops of this solution into the ear that the penetration of water.
Massage with directional rotating ear canal gently with your finger (in a clean state), and do about 30 seconds. Afterwards, tilt your head so that fluid can easily flow out.
- Heat Therapy Techniques
Heat therapy can help relieve your ears from the incoming fluid quickly. Hot compress will help open the eustachian tube (where fluid accumulates usually), so that the liquid can come out easily.
Dip a clean cloth or towel into a bowl of hot water, then do not forget to be squeezed. Attach the hot towel earlier to the outer part of the ear canal for 30 seconds. Wait a minute and then repeat.
Do this four or five times in a row. Lie on your side to help fluid drain out.