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Michael Heather
April 25th, 2013, 10:31 AM
It only took me 50 years to figure out how to get excess water out of my ears after a workout without doing the "one legged-banging-head-with-palm" dance. Paper towels, napkins, or even newsprint will work. Don't use polished or bond paper, it is way too tough on the flesh and doesn't absorb very well.

Through the magic of capillary action, you can remove 94% of the offending water simply by putting your finger in a paper towel and sticking it into your ear. No need to wiggle it around or push hard. As long as the paper touches water, it will drain most moisture out of a healthy ear. Amazing but true. I don't know why my towel cannot do this, but have had remarkable success over the last 6 months since I gave it a try.

Cheers and good drainage!

Fishy
April 26th, 2013, 04:21 AM
Have you tried using earplugs (speedo, arena)?

I myself had to shake my head all the time during lap swimming. It was bothering me so much. Now I just plug my ear and the problem is solved. Also it is good if your pool is noisy (mine is). You can relax and focus more on your technics or your thought with the less distraction.

Michael Heather
May 1st, 2013, 11:00 AM
I have not issues with water in my ears while swimming, just the sloshy feel afterwards.

adsollm
October 17th, 2013, 01:16 PM
for the first time in my life i have experienced pain while swimming due to water in my ears. the last 2 times i have tried to swim, theres been some strangeness. outside of the pool (after removing the water) they have felt just fine. has anyone else ever had this suddenly pop up after 20 years of being in the water without ever having any real trouble before?

sunruh
October 17th, 2013, 01:51 PM
a few drops of 90% isopropyl works.

and no need for the "expensive" swimear (tm) stuff

50/50 isopropyl and white vinegar and NO ear aches ever. and will kill any you do have.

__steve__
October 17th, 2013, 03:02 PM
I just let the water stay in there. It gets changed every time I swim

orca1946
October 18th, 2013, 12:50 PM
Why the white vinegar?

ElaineK
October 18th, 2013, 04:22 PM
Why the white vinegar?

The white vinegar is a disinfectant.

Sojerz
October 18th, 2013, 10:13 PM
The white vinegar is a disinfectant.

The iso alcohol dries moisture through increased evaporation, while the white vinegar is a "disinfectant" in that it is acetic acid, thus drops the pH, and provides a low pH environment where bacteria won't thrive.

ElaineK
October 20th, 2013, 01:56 PM
The iso alcohol dries moisture through increased evaporation, while the white vinegar is a "disinfectant" in that it is acetic acid, thus drops the pH, and provides a low pH environment where bacteria won't thrive.

Thanks 'jerz! Your explanation was much more thorough than mine. :agree:

Swimspire
October 20th, 2013, 03:43 PM
You can get custom-made earplugs, such as the Aqua Not by Westone (http://www.westone.com/defendear/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&layout=item&id=7&Itemid=112).

Getting custom-made earplugs ensures that they fit your ears perfectly and keep out the water as much as possible!

Sojerz
October 21st, 2013, 01:56 PM
Thanks 'jerz! Your explanation was much more thorough than mine. :agree:

Environmental Engineers are either trying to grow those little guys [bacteria that is] so they'll eat wastes, or kill them so they won't proliferate in our drinking and swimming water and infect us.

Mike137
October 21st, 2013, 04:53 PM
The iso alcohol dries moisture through increased evaporation, while the white vinegar is a "disinfectant" in that it is acetic acid, thus drops the pH, and provides a low pH environment where bacteria won't thrive.

The way it works is that the alcohol changes the surface tension of the liquid so that it drains from the ears.

I prefer a mixture of 4 part cheap gin and 1 part white vinegar myself. :)

__steve__
October 23rd, 2013, 05:08 PM
I just let the water stay in there. It gets changed every time I swimThis smart aleck comment just led me to an ear infection. Dr. prescribed ciprofloxacin for a week with no swimming. Shoulder needs a break anyways.

sunruh
October 24th, 2013, 01:23 PM
a week?

btw, nice name!

50/50 alky and vinegar and you can swim saturday with no pain. just douse it good....use mike's gin for added "i dont care" management in the tummy. :D

__steve__
October 24th, 2013, 01:43 PM
a week?

btw, nice name!

50/50 alky and vinegar and you can swim saturday with no pain. just douse it good....use mike's gin for added "i dont care" management in the tummy. :DThanks Steve, though Gin is a little pricey, I might try it (depending on the co-pay)

sunruh
October 24th, 2013, 02:23 PM
when it comes to shoulder...i know a lot about those too....unfortunately! ice, more ice, 800mg ibuprofin (or in my case 6x a day) and put off the surgery for a while in the false hopes rehab works. hmmm when written like that it dont sound too good does it?

ears? eh you dont even need them to swim.
btw you can add 1 or 2 drops of mineral oil to the 50/50 mix to keep your ear from drying out too much.

hopefully everyone knows about the milk or sweet cream in the eyes to remove chlorine burn.

-marina-
October 24th, 2013, 02:33 PM
Hi,
(I'm new) There is lots of good advice here, thanks. It is so interesting how everybody has very different approaches. I came across this site http://www.wikihow.com/Remove-Fluid-in-Ears The pictures made me laugh. Even more so as I have seen people doing most of these outside the lockers.

Mike137
October 25th, 2013, 05:44 PM
Thanks Steve, though Gin is a little pricey, I might try it (depending on the co-pay)

I priced cheap gin while at Total Wine today. “American Pride” gin cost about $6.50 per fifth. A fifth should make enough ear drops to last a decade. If there is a remote chance that someone would actually drink some of it, I would suggest getting a better brand booze.:D

ekw
October 27th, 2013, 03:37 PM
Hi,
(I'm new) There is lots of good advice here, thanks. It is so interesting how everybody has very different approaches. I came across this site http://www.wikihow.com/Remove-Fluid-in-Ears The pictures made me laugh. Even more so as I have seen people doing most of these outside the lockers.

Those pictures are hilarious. :lmao:

renie
November 1st, 2013, 07:58 PM
hmm, I've been using equal parts peroxide/white vinegar. Does peroxide do the same thing as alcohol?

Gina4444
November 2nd, 2013, 06:20 AM
I always use a mixture of 1/2 alcohol and 1/2 vinegar in my ears after I swim...a few drops in and turn my head to get it out.

Mike137
November 3rd, 2013, 05:13 PM
hmm, I've been using equal parts peroxide/white vinegar. Does peroxide do the same thing as alcohol?

Nope. Hydrogen peroxide does not do the same thing as alcohol. A mixture of peroxide and vinegar will form peracetic acid. It is not something you should put in your ear.

Sojerz
November 3rd, 2013, 06:46 PM
You can use peroxide to loosen and float out waxy ear buildup; we used it for this purpose as kids to minimize the potential for ear infections. Peroxide is powerful oxidant (like chlorine). The peroxide fizzes when you put in your ear, loosens the waxy stuff and once loose it floats up, and then dump the spent peroxide and waxy stuff out of your ear. I don't know if adults with full grown ear canals would really benefit from this (I don't need it).

Don't mix the peroxide with vinegar. Probably not a good idea to use peroxide in your ear if you have any feelings of ear infection as the peroxide breaks down to water and does not dry out your ear like the alcohol/vinegar mix.

mjtyson
November 8th, 2013, 10:11 AM
OK, for the medically-challenged: Iso alcohol is something you get at a pharmacy? You guys put the 50/50 mix in a small dropper? A couple drops AFTER swimming (not before?) and the water comes out? Does the 50/50 mix also come out?

Sorry, these are serious questions. I'm one of the 1 legged hopping dorks and I'd like to stop doing that.

sunruh
November 8th, 2013, 10:33 AM
any grocery store/wallgreens/cvs/riteaid has it usually $2 for nice sized bottle
you can get 50%, 70% and 90%

ekw
November 8th, 2013, 11:06 AM
I bought a bottle of the commercial water in ear removal stuff (Auro-Dri, I think - runs about $3 and I found it at Target in their pharmacy section) essentially to get the bottle. When I finished that I put in the 50/50 mixture of isopropyl alcohol (find in the first aid section at any pharmacy or grocery store - very cheap) and white vinegar. Put a few drops of that in each ear after you swim - let it sit for a second or two, then turn your head over onto your towel and the solution comes out with the water.

Any bottle along those lines or something with a dropper would work.

Three Rivers
November 8th, 2013, 11:53 AM
I'll tell you what works for me. At the end of my workout, I stuff the earbuds from my mp3 player into my ears, hop on the subway, blast metallica and then pull them out to show the security officer my ID as I enter my building (in case he wants to trip me up with a question like "What's your name?).

Of course, the ID usually gets splashed with the backwash so the guard gets to have some pool water too.

ElaineK
November 8th, 2013, 03:39 PM
I bought a bottle of the commercial water in ear removal stuff (Auro-Dri, I think - runs about $3 and I found it at Target in their pharmacy section) essentially to get the bottle. When I finished that I put in the 50/50 mixture of isopropyl alcohol (find in the first aid section at any pharmacy or grocery store - very cheap) and white vinegar. Put a few drops of that in each ear after you swim - let it sit for a second or two, then turn your head over onto your towel and the solution comes out with the water.

Any bottle along those lines or something with a dropper would work.

Two like minds, ekw! :banana: I did EXACTLY the same thing, because Auro-Dri came in a refillable bottle that was nice and small. I used to keep the solution in a Tupperware and use an ear syringe when I came home from the pool; however, that didn't work for those times I didn't come straight home. I wanted to use something more convenient and keep it in my swim bag. I even got mine at Target, too. :agree: