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A 31-year-old female asked:

I went swimming today and i got water in my ear how can i get the water out?

2 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 46 years experience
Lie down on : Side with affected side down until water comes out under gravity. Do not insert anything in there. If it doesn't come out after you sleep on side tonight, go see a doctor.
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Alcohol drops: You can take rubbing alcohol and place it in a dropper bottle.Most ear canals have a 1 ml volume, so placing 1 ml of rubbing alcohol in the affected ear while you lay down on the good side, will displace the water.The alcohol evaporates readily at body temperature and has an additional drying effect on the canal tissue as it does.Some add vinegar to suppress fungal growth.
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Dr. Thomas Fiala
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Dive shops also sell these drops commercially.
Aug 13, 2013

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A 18-year-old female asked:

Water got into my ear and i can't get it out ! what must I do ?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 29 years experience
Anatomy: This is impossible. But, it sure feels like this is what is going on. This symptom usually represents an ear infection. I would advise a visit to your family doctor..
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Last updated Aug 14, 2013

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