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A 32-year-old member asked:

After swimming, i have water in my ear. been there for 3 days. tried sleeping with concerned ear facing down. it doesn't hurt. should i do something?

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Dr. Vance Harris
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Get wax out: If you still feel water or hear it slosh then you probably have an ear full of wax holding the water behind it. Get some ear wax drops and use them for 3 days or till cleared. If it isn't better see your doctor.
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Dr. Pamela Asseff
Dentistry 29 years experience
Alcohol: Try soaking a cotton ball in alcohol, then squeeze excess in ear. This alcohol should dry up the water. Stagnant water can creat an environment that encourages swimmers ear to develop. The alcohol should prevent the swimmers ear from developing.
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Dr. Michael Jaindl
undefined 38 years experience
You may have a wax debris build up in the canal that absorbed some of the water and blocked your canal. If you are sure that there is no hole in the eardrum you can try OTC ear wax removers such as Debrox and Ceruminex.
Oct 21, 2013
Last updated Nov 28, 2017


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