Doctors, otolaryngologists, there is such a term in everyday life, as "swimmer's ear." This expression is called external otitis, which often arises from the ingress of water into the auricle. This phenomenon is rightly considered a "summer disease", because it is difficult to surprise anyone in the summer, when many people start the bathing season, got into the ear of water. Unfortunately, very often very young children suffer from water in the ear, since up to 4 years the ear canal in the child is very wide and does not interfere with the ingress of moisture inside. What should I do if water gets into my ears?
This happens very often when diving. It seems to float, swim, went ashore - and in the ear gurgles. Sensation, frankly, not from the pleasant. In principle, if you do not suffer from any chronic ear diseases, watch the hygiene of the auricle and do not get into drafts, the harm from getting water in your ears will not be. Sometimes it is enough to shake your head in the direction of that ear where the water has poured. You can also give the head a horizontal position - lie on its side with the injured ear to the bottom. Under the influence of gravity, the water will pour out.
What should I do if water gets into my ears and has not poured out for several hours? This is worse, because under the influence of water, the accumulation of sulfur in the ear can swell and create a dead plug that will later provoke inflammation. If you returned from the beach home, try to drip into the ear alcohol-containing liquid: lotion, vodka, diluted with water, boric alcohol. Literally two or three drops can help to get out of the liquid. If there is no alcohol at hand, it can be replaced with a solution of vinegar or hydrogen peroxide.
But what should not be done categorically, especially for children, is to try and dry your ear with a hair dryer. Instead of pouring out water, you can get burned skin and a decreased hearing due to loud buzzing of the device. And the water will still remain inside, because the ear is a very complex organ, consisting of curls, and water gets into a labyrinth, that is, the heat from the hair dryer here will be ineffective.
What if the water got into your ears and caused pain? Most likely, you have formed a sulfur plug and has already swelled. Do not try to extract it yourself - there is a high probability that you will damage the eardrum during extraction. Address to the doctor-otolaryngologist. The specialist will be able to ease your suffering and find the right medicine to relieve pain.
Another good way
Well, the most useful advice on what to do if water got into your ears - do not let it happen. No wonder they say: warned, then armed. When bathing, use special rubber caps that protect the ear canal. You can also purchase special earplugs. If you do not want to use these accessories on the beach, then just try to keep your head above the surface of the water, do not overcool when diving, and follow your ear hygiene before going to the beach. Let your ears be healthy and not turn into "the swimmer's ear."