Ear fluid or discharge from the ears should not be ignored. Ear fluid could be watery or a thick yellow pus. Ignoring this symptom could lead to serious ear damage and hearing. The discharge may also cause complications to body parts like the nose, throat and could also be an indicator of some other condition.
How Fluid Enters Our Ear
Most often, water enters the ear while swimming, bathing or while you are taking shower. Normally, the ear wax present in the ear canal prevents the fluid from going further inside the ear. Ear wax becomes a protective barrier, but in some cases water makes its way through the ear wax and enters the inner ear and gets trapped in the ear canal. Water usually dries up after some period, but if it takes too long and fails to dry, there are chances of an ear infection due to persistent dampness. Bacteria thrives in damp surroundings. In medical parlance, this condition is known as Otorrhea or Otitis Media. In the beginning there is a watery discharge and itching along with pain in the ear.
Tips to Prevent Fluid Getting Into Ears
- While swimming, ensure that the water is hygienic and that the pool is cleaned on a regular basis.
- Proper fitting ear plugs are most important while you swim or take shower. It prevents the water from entering the ear canal.
- Dry your ears properly after bathing and do not use ear drops when your ears are wet.
- Do not use blow dryer to dry the ear fluid if the ear drum is perforated. This may blow dust particles and other material and cause an ear infection.
Home Remedies To Remove Fluid From Ears
Here are some home remedies and tips telling you how to remove fluid from the ears and prevent ear infection:
- To dislodge the ear fluid or water from the ear, tilt your head parallel to the ground and shake your head. Due to gravity, the water will get dislodged and will come out through the ear canal.
- If your eardrum is not perforated, you can use a hair dryer. Blow warm air in the ear canal to evaporate the trapped water.
- A natural vacuum created by pressing your palm against the ear and releasing it after few minutes will draw out the trapped fluid. Tilt your head while doing this so the ear fluid can drain out easily.
- Put a few drops of garlic juice in the ear canal. Garlic has anti-bacterial properties. It helps remove ear fluid as well as prevent infection.
- Leaves of Holy Basil are considered an effective home remedy for pain caused due to fluid accumulation in the ear. Extract juice of Basil leaves and put a few drops in the ear canal to relieve pain.
- You can also put few drops of Hydrogen Peroxide in the affected ear. Hydrogen Peroxide, due to its effervescent property, removes the trapped fluid as well as ear wax and debris from the ear canal. However, use of hydrogen peroxide is contraindicated if your ear drum is perforated.
- Almond oil or Olive oil is also a useful home remedy to remove ear fluid naturally. Put a few drops of Almond oil into the ear canal. It will prevent infection and facilitate the ear fluid to trickle out.
- Vinegar and Rubbing Alcohol: It is an age old effective home remedy. Mix Vinegar and Rubbing Alcohol in equal proportion to prepare ear drops. Insert 2 to 3 drops in the ear at least once a weak. Due to its antibacterial properties, Vinegar kills germs present in your ears and rubbing alcohol keeps your ear dry.
- Include Vitamin C in your diet. It helps fight infection and boosts the immune system. Eat citrus fruits and green leafy vegetables that are rich in Vitamin C.