Water in the ears
Water in the ear is a common condition and can happen to anyone while swimming or taking a bath or showering when water enters the ears. The wax found in the ear canal helps in preventing fluid from getting deeper inside the ear, but sometimes the water can be trapped inside the ear. This will cause a tickling sensation felt in the ear and cause discomfort. In some cases, there is pain and loss of hearing ability.
If this condition is not properly treated, it can result to the development of cysts, inflammation of the eardrum and loss of hearing, loss of balance, vomiting or diarrhea as well as other complications. It is very important to manage water in the ears as soon as possible.
- Apply a warm compress to the outer part of the ear in order to help lessen the discomfort and release congestion in the Eustachian tube which is caused by blockage of the accumulated fluid in the Eustachian tube which prevents it from draining properly.
- Take the prescribed over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen to lessen the pain and inflammation caused by accumulation of fluid inside the ear.
- Tilt the head sideways and hold the affected ear parallel to the ground, then place the palm of the hand flat on the ear and press hard at least a few seconds. Remove the hand quickly as if to form a vacuum in helping dislodge the water in the ear. Use a cotton bud in removing the fluids coming from the ear.
- Perform the Valsalva maneuver to open the Eustachian tubes and drain out the accumulated waters in the ears. This is done by closing the mouth and using the fingers pinch the nostril until it is close, take a deep breath and gently blow out the nose in order to regulate pressure of air. If it is done properly, a slight popping sound can be heard which means the Eustachian tube are now open. Avoid blowing the nose too hard since it can cause damage to the eardrum.
- Using heat therapy helps in draining water in the ears. The heat compress also helps open the Eustachian tubes and helps with the easy drainage of the fluid. In a bowl of warm water, dip a clean washcloth and wring out excess water, then place the hot washcloth against the affected ear at least for 30 seconds. After a few minutes, repeat the procedure. Perform this procedure at least 4-6 times every day. Lie down on the side in order to help with the draining of the fluid.
- Inhaling steam is another way of draining fluid from the ears since it also helps open the Eustachian tube. Using a large bowl filled with hot water, cover the head with a towel and inhale slowly the steam at least 10 minutes and tilt the head to one side and the fluid will start to drain from the ear.