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What to do with water in the ear
Be it in the outdoor pool, at the swimming lake or in the sea: In summer temperatures there is hardly anything better than cooling off in the water. However, it is less nice if you show up with water in your ear after jumping into the cool water. Not only is that annoying, it can also make you sick. Experts know what to do then.
Cool off in summer
In summer temperatures there is little more refreshing than a dip in the cool water. However, if you have water in your ear after bathing, it can be quite uncomfortable. Above all, the slight ear pressure and the special noise caused by the water are annoying. There is also a risk of infections. Some tips can help get the water out of your ear.
Water can collect in the S-shaped ear canal
Since our auditory canal is not only narrow, it is also S-shaped and bends, so it is not particularly surprising that water can collect in it. In addition, water can soften ear wax, which is there to protect the ear, and thus prevent it from flowing away. Then noises are only perceived as if by cotton and in between it crackles again and again. Hearing is also restricted.
Germs can lead to inflammation
The dammed water can not only affect the senses. Infections can be caused by the water. In chlorine water in particular, germs can get into the ear and lead to inflammation. In so-called bathotitis, the first symptoms range from itching to sometimes severe ear pain. Purulent or bloody secretions from the affected ear are sometimes added later. The skin of the ear canal is sometimes red, swollen, dry and flaky or moist.
If such signs appear, an ear, nose and throat doctor should be consulted. The doctor can clean the ear and treat the inflammation with drops and ointments. The symptoms usually subside after a few days.
This is how the water comes out of the ear
But it doesn't have to go that far. According to experts, anyone who has water in their ears after bathing should hold their heads at an angle and shake so that the liquid can drain out of the ear. Jumping on the spot can help. It can take a few hours for the water to be out.
A hair dryer can also help, but it must not be held too close to the ear. You can also try to drain the water by pulling your ears back or up. Furthermore, liquid can be sucked out of the ear canal with the tip of a paper handkerchief.
Do not use cotton swabs
However, you should not use cotton swabs for this. These can lead to injuries and push earwax deeper into the ear canal. If you want to prevent water from getting into your ear while swimming, you can use a special swimming protection or individually made earplugs. Swimming professionals also use it. (ad)