Water in the ear – or something else?

Water in the ear again! When the cotton swab gently dries, then the same thing again. More annoying than anything. What is the reason for this and what can be done?

The expert is responsible for:

WATER can only enter the ear canal from outside the body, for example when swimming or showering.

Without an external cause, the moist secretion that appears in the ear canal is usually due to inflammation.

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The first step is to find out what causes the ear canal moisture.

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The general practitioner or ear doctor can assess the condition of the ear canal and tympanic membrane and, if necessary, take samples.

Inflammation-related moisture is treated with ear drops prescribed by a doctor.

But first you need to find out if it is a bacterial or a fungal infection.

The skin in the ear canal is thin and sensitive. It is irritating if you replace the dig or rub with a cotton swab or other object that can fit in the ear canal.

Excessive build-up can be treated with over-the-counter softening drops or sprays available from a pharmacy.

When swimming or showering, the accumulation of water in the ear canal can be prevented by using a swimming cap or tight-fitting earplugs for bathing.

Source: Hyvä Terveys by www.hyvaterveys.fi.

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