There are several reasons that you can have excess fluid in your ear that you need to get rid of. This happens most commonly to people who spend a lot of time in water like swimmers and surfers – water in their ears kind of become something that goes with the job, and everyone who has ever ended up with water in their ears by accident will know how uncomfortable and even painful it can be when it happens to you: Luckily there are a couple of tricks that have been tried by professional swimmers and other water-lovers for years – all of which will manage to get rid of the water trapped in your ears. If you suspect that you have an ear infection instead, then you should go through this list with a lot of caution – the fluid in your ears is not water and care has to be taken so that infection will not spread. Here are 10 ways to get rid of fluid in your ears:
1. Wait it Out…Sometimes
Sometimes if you have just a little bit of fluid trapped in your ear then all you have to do is wait it out and it will go away by itself: This is most likely to be true if you have just gone swimming or taken a shower and a little bit of water has trapped itself in the ear canal.
You will immediately notice that you have gone deaf in one or two ears, and you might experience a little bit of pressure in the ear that goes along with it at the same time. Your best option, in this case, is just to wait it out until it goes away – the water will eventually move out of the ear canal by itself and you won’t have to do much to make it happen. If the feeling still persists for several hours then you should move on to the rest of this list.
2. Angling the Head
This is one trick that professional swimmers and people who love competing in sports on the water will know well – and this is something that you can do on the move, and then go on with whatever you were busy with on the water.
First, this is what you should do if you have already followed step one and found that it didn’t release in your ear canal – and it’s so simple to do that it’s almost laughable. Just angle your head.
First to the one side and then to the other – if the fluid isn’t trapped too deep into the ear canal, then this is all you should be able to do to get the water to release: The water will run out naturally thanks to gravity, and you might feel an accompanying “pop” along with it as the fluid releases the pressure that has built up in your ears.
3. Drinking Something
If you have a little bit of fluid trapped in your ear after coming back from a shower or the swimming pool, you should consider drinking something – the swallowing reflex is sometimes enough to open up the ear canal enough to release the pressure and let the water drain out naturally.
Remember that if you have been in a swimming pool or in the ocean then you should never consider drinking the water that’s around you – the odds are that it is probably not safe to drink and only likely to make you sick: Water from the ocean contains salt and we really don’t have to tell you what people do in most swimming pools. Take a break and have a glass of water, then try repeating the first two steps that we have talked about before this to see if you can release the pressure in the ear canal.
4. Pulling on the Earlobe
We’ve talked a lot about the build-up of fluid in the ear canal – usually, water that enters the ear canal through an external source, like when you are going swimming or washing your hair. To make you understand this image better, look up an examination of an ear canal on YouTube – we’ll wait for you to get back.
In the meantime, you might be able to see just how fluid enters the ear canal in the first place – and just what you can do to get it out. You’ll see why angling the head helps, and you’ll understand why drinking something and the swallowing reflex might help: But here’s another trick that a lot of sailors and swimmers both know. If you have a little bit of fluid stuck in your ear canal, then you could always simply pull on your earlobe – this opens up the ear canal and again releases the pressure.
5. Blowing the Nose
You should understand by now that the nose, ears, and throat are all connected to each other – that’s why there are the nose, throat, and ear doctors: Have you ever thought about just why they work with all three at the same time? If you have a little bit of fluid that has entered your ear, then you might try releasing pressure on the ear canal through obvious ways we’ve already mentioned, like pulling on the earlobes or activating the swallowing reflex by drinking something.
You can also try another way – like blowing the nose. This has the same effect on the ear canal, and often makes the ears “pop” and releases the water – be sure to combine this with angling your head. Some people also hold their noses and then engage in a “blowing motion” the same way they would blow their noses to increase the “popping effect” in their ears.
6. Heat on the Ear
Have you read up until this part in the list and tried everything we’ve mentioned before but none of it worked? Then it is time to consider one of two possibilities – either the water is trapped so deeply in your ear that you will need some extra work to remove it, potentially a doctor’s visit and assistance to help you, or the water that you think is trapped in your ear right now is not water at all – but instead the build-up of fluid from an ear infection.
Some ear infections might go away on their own without much fussing, but there are some ear infections that would mean you should go to a doctor immediately to avoid further infection or the potential of developing hearing loss as a symptom. One of the things that can bring relief if you are struggling with an ear infection is putting heat onto your ear – in the form of a mild, only slightly hot water bottle – not too hot or you will burn.
7. Steam Treatment
Heat on the ear is a treatment that can bring you some relief from the symptoms if you are struggling from an ear infection, and in case that it is just water trapped in your ears then the simple application of heat on the ear is enough to get the fluid to drain by itself: But as we’ve just said, there are infections that mean the treatments we’ve gone through already in this article will not help – and you have to make an appointment with your doctor and go to the next step, which might not fix the problem but will give you some relief from the symptoms.
Application of heat to the ear helps as we’ve just said, but for when this is not enough you might want to consider placing your head over some hot water with a towel over you and letting steam run into your ear – this is enough to relieve some of the pain and pressure from both mild ear infections and fluid trapped in the ear.
8. Smoke in Ear
Have you already tried everything on this list with no success? Then you might have to try something from the books of natural health instead – and this is something that has been recommended as a treatment for years, and not just by advocates of natural health – this is a treatment that doctors know of very well and some will still recommend relieving the pain that comes along with a mild ear infection.
You can blow smoke into your ears if you want to relieve the pressure and pain associated with an ear infection – but usually this is recommended to be untreated tobacco smoke and not anything else which could make the symptoms of an ear infection even worse. And we should mention that you should never undertake a treatment like this without going to have it examined by your doctor first, just in case you are causing damage to the ear canal when something else is wrong.
Have you tried all of the symptoms on this list without success and still have some fluid or water trapped in your ear? We know how painful and uncomfortable it can be: Especially if you have already tried several things and had none of them work up until now. Then, your best bet might be to proceed to the next step and visit your nearest drug store for medication that can take care of your problem – these usually just involve a talk with your pharmacist and they are available over the counter.
Some of the over the counter medication that you can take for a potential ear infection and fluid in the ears are ear drops specifically made for this purpose, or you might be given some type of decongestant along with it if your fluid buildup is related to your nose – or you have, for example, a bad case of the flu.
10. Doctor’s Appointment
If all of the treatments that we have discussed on this list have not worked for you and you are still experiencing the symptoms of pressure and fluid buildup in your ears, then we would recommend that you make an immediate appointment with your doctor. Mention to your doctor what you have tried so far and tell them of anything that you suspect might be the underlying cause of your problem.
Especially if your problem is one that keeps occurring over time. Also mention if you have followed the previous steps and taken any over the counter medication that might have helped or made the problem worse. It’s likely that your doctor will prescribe you medication that will take care of the cause, and/or manually drain the fluid that has built up in your ear. If you’ve already tried everything else without success, then you’ll want to go to a doctor instead.