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Question : My daughter went swimming – and 4 days later – her ear is still clogged. How can I help her relieve this? How can she prevent this from happening in the future?
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David M. Vernick, M.D. is assistant professor of otology and laryngology at Harvard Medical School and chief of the Division of Otology and Laryngology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

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September 22, 2011
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Getting water in the ear can clog it in two ways:

1. Water can get trapped in the ear canal just because of its narrow, irregular shape. The water usually drains out in minutes to hours. But it can take longer.

2. Water can mix with wax in the canal, soften it and form a seal of the canal. This can take days to clear, and you may need to see your doctor to have it treated.

If the ear is not clear in 4 days, your daughter’s doctor should examine the ear o clear whatever is blocking it before infection sets in.

Trying 4-5 drops of isopropyl alcohol in the ear after swimming will clear out any trapped water.

To avoid problem #2, keep the ears cleaned of wax. When your daughter gets her yearly physical, her doctor can check her ears for wax and clean them, if necessary.

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