Swimmer’s ear — that discomfort you get after swimming that includes echoing, itching or clogging — is a common problem in the summer months. Thankfully, according to the Wall Street Journal, it’s not hard to take care of.
Swimmer’s ear is an inflammation of the skin inside the ear canal that happens when water is trapped in there. The Wall Street Journal has a few quick fixes that should help most of us:
If there is no pain — just annoying water stuck in the inch-long ear canal — Dr. Rosenfeld recommends putting about five drops of rubbing alcohol in the ear canal, using an eye dropper. “The alcohol will allow the water to evaporate — but don’t attempt this if you have a hole in your ear drum or an ear tube.”
Other tricks: cupping your ear with the palm of your hand and pumping inward, jumping on one leg with the water-filled ear tilted to the ground or just chewing gum. “These actions may create a pressure change and draw the water out,” he says. A blow dryer on a low setting will also dry out the water.
If those quick fixes don’t work, you might need to visit a doctor to keep away an infection. If the symptoms don’t improve on their own, schedule a visit. Oh, and don’t try excavating any wax with a cotton bud since you’ll be pushing it deeper into your ear canal. That just makes it worse.
Best Swimmer’s Ear Fixes [The Wall Street Journal]