If you are a surfer, or anyone that spends a significant amount of time in the water, it is important to know hot to identify water trapped your ear. When water gets trapped in your ear it can lead to all sorts of problems, most commonly an ear infection. These problems are confounded if the water trapped in your ear is polluted in any way.
- Tingling: The first way to identify water trapped in your ear is to feel for any itching or tingling sensations in the ear canal. Itching sensations are a sure sign of water and are often an early sign of infection.
- Hearing loss: If sounds become muffled or it is difficult to hear it is often a sign of water trapped in your ear. Trouble hearing after a surf session or swim is one of the surest ways to identify water trapped in your ear.
- Pain: Any pain in the ear canal, especially pain when moving the head, is often indicative of water trapped in your ear; the more severe the pain, the higher the likelihood of infection.
- Discharge: A yellowish, foul smelling, discharge from the ear canal is a sure sign of an ear infection. Water in the ear is one of the most common causes of ear infections. If you suspected water in your ear, and suddenly discover this discharge, go to a doctor immediately.
Treatment: Sleeping on the side of your head that the water is trapped in or shaking your head can often clear out some of the water. Ear infections usually show up a few days after the water becomes trapped. Most of the time simple home remedies will do the trick, but if an infection persists for more than a few days or becomes severely painful it is imperative to seek medical attention.