Water in ear: how to do?

Muffled ear: How to get water out of your ears without risks?

Explain that the feeling of having water in the ears is common to everyone, (after showering, the sea, the pool for example). Explain that in the page you will find tips on how to remove it properly.

Muffled sounds and symptoms of water in the ear

The sensation of a muffled ear caused by the presence of water in the ears is common. It is characterized by a rustling noise through the ear canal and gurgling sounds on the eardrum. Noises in the ears can be annoying and can lead to ailments such as insomnia. Normally, the ear should reopen after a short time so that the water can drain, often just shaking or tilting the head is enough.

How to remove water or other liquids from the ear?

Try to remove the water in your ear by shaking or tilting your head. You can also Try to get the water absorbed by gently inserting the tip of a tissue into the ear canal.

  • If You should notice that the water does not come out of the ear and gets stuck then You need to be careful. Any use of objects that is not suitable for its leakage could cause severe and persistent ear pain.
  • Using a hair dryer can also help dry the ear canal properly and get rid of the water inside the ears. However, some precautions are necessary such as a sufficient distance of the hair dryer from the ear and setting the lowest heat level to avoid burns and other related problems.
  • If the above steps are ineffective and the muffled ear sensation does not go away after a few days, it is likely that a plug of wax has formed inside the ear. This cap is possibly treatable with ear drops or sprays.
  • ear candles, are not suitable as a definitive treatment for a plug of ear wax, and therefore should not be used to remove water from the ears either.
  • water in the ear not only creates unpleasant ear pain but it can also be dangerous If it remains stuck for longer. If ear inflammation has already occurred, it is strongly recommended to make an appointment with your GP or otolaryngologist.
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Risks of water in the ear

If the sensation of muffled ear persists for several days, it is likely that the earwax inside the ear canal has absorbed some of the water, enlarging and occluding the ear. If ear pain does not go away within a couple of days, this can be a wake-up call for an ear canal infection.

Pain and itching in the ear can indicate an ear infection caused by germs in the water. In this case, the otolaryngologist can prescribe an antibiotic if necessary and remove the remaining water from the ear. Failure to treat these warning signs can, in the worst case, lead to hearing loss.

Water in babies ear: how to do?

In babies and children, ear inflammation caused by water entry can develop more rapidly because their Eustachian tube is shorter and narrower and their immune systems are not yet as strong as that of an adult. So, if water containing germs flows into the baby's ear from the outside and keeps the ear canal moist, otitis media can quickly develop. 

Tympanic effusion, on the other hand, is wheb a liquid forms inside the ear and collects behind the eardrum. Most of the time, an effusion from the tympanic cavity causes pain in the affected person. Tympanic effusions are more common in young children and should be treated quickly in any case as they can lead to pain and decreased hearing.

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