Water clogged ears several days after diving?

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by cek88, Aug 16, 2005.

  1. cek88

    cek88 Garibaldi

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    My BF and I got our OW cert. dives in this weekend and now he says he feels like his ears are still clogged. He's tried equalizing and put some of those "swimmer's ear" drops in his ears but nothing has helped. Is this common and is there anything he can do about them?
     
  2. captnkurt

    captnkurt Angel Fish

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    Maybe call the doctor!!??
     
  3. pipedope

    pipedope Great White

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    Lots of things can cause this.

    It is a good idea to get checked by a Dr if the problem persists more than a couple of days.

    While waiting to see the Dr go to;
    http://faculty.washington.edu/ekay/
    and watch the streaming video, "The Diver's Ear - Under Pressure"

    It wil answer a lot of questions and give you more ways to equalize and ways to prevent problems int he future.
     
  4. VaDiver

    VaDiver Angel Fish

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    This is not an uncommon problem that has been covered many times, I'm sure.

    Am in my third year of diving and it seems as if I spent my entire first year figuring out how to solve the waterlogged ear situation. My first dive trip for my OW cert resulted in clogged ears that turned into an ear infection that required a doctor's visit, some antibiotics and ear drops to knock out.

    Experienced divers turned me on to a homemade earwash made up of 1/2 distilled white vinegar and 1/2 rubbing alcohol. Use it the same way you use the Swimmer's Ear solution and it should help. Now, my procedure after every dive (while still on the boat) is to flush with Swimmer's Ear, then use the vinegar/alcohol solution when I get back to the room. Basically, I let the solution sit in each ear for a few minutes then let it drain out. Sometimes repeating the process. Might be overkill but I tend to over do things anyway and it has helped tremendously.

    The other thing you can do is take note of which head positions tend to cause your ears to fill up and try to avoid them. For example, if I do a backward roll off the side of the boat and flip completely over, my ears will fill up. So, now I make sure I don't flip completely over.

    If you are prone to ear problems you may not eliminate them completely but hopefully these ideas might help.
     
  5. rottielover

    rottielover Barracuda

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    Is it 1/2 vinegar and 1/2 rubbing alcohol ? I was always told 1 part vinegar to 2 parts alcohol ???

    Anyone have the "recipie"?
     
  6. spectrum

    spectrum Dive Bum Wannabe ScubaBoard Supporter

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    My physician advised 1/2 white vinegar and 1/2 rubbing alchohol. Lay on your side put a few drops into an ear canal until it's muffled and let it stand for a full 5 minutes, no cheating. Roll over and do the other ear.

    Some navy studies revealed the 5 minute need.

    Throwing in a drop or 2 and walking away isn't doing much more than cleaning the hair in your ears.

    The treatment will prevent swimers ear and will also help dry out residual water since alchohol will combine with water to carry it out. Much like drygas for you northerners.

    As explained by my physician the alchohol will serve to kill off nasty organisims and also provides a drying function.

    The vinegar also makes life miserable for critters in there and helps restore the natural acidic condition in the ear.

    Swimmers ear is usually not a product of the swimming water. It comes from normally occuring organisims in the ear that multiply out of contol in a wet no acid post dive ear.

    The above treatment should be done at the end of every dive (skin, scuba, swim, whatever) day. It can be quite relaxing if done spooning with your S.O.

    Pete
     
  7. Michael_Lambert

    Michael_Lambert Barracuda

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    Yup,

    I just went through this, Went swimming.. acouple of days later it felt blocked.. ignored it.. then it started to throb! went to the doctors and found i had external ear infection got some drops .. 7 days later gone
     
  8. blowin_bubbles

    blowin_bubbles Single Diver

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    Hey Spectrum - Thanks for adding the logic behind the recipe, always good to know the "why" before you start pouring a home-made conncoction into your ears (precious as they are! ) ..........

    recently i also heard a recommendation for ear candleing ..... i haven't tried it yet, but it sounds like a lot of trouble to perform on a boat unless it is a sleepy live-aboard, but maybe it would help your ears be in overall better condition PRIOR to the dive? not sure.

    ???
     
  9. shaggie

    shaggie Manta Ray

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    My (none diving) MD sugested 50/50 Hydrogenperoxide and water. It makes alot of fizzies in your ear, but I think I'll try the vinegar and water next time. Oh, those ear infections hurt!
     
  10. offroaddiver

    offroaddiver Manta Ray

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    My father gets swimmer's ear really bad. If you rinse with a solution of isoprophyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) and distilled white vinegar before you get in the water is appears to help. If your ears don't "feel" dry put the solution in each ear for several minutes. Usually it's 5 minutes on each side once but when he had a sinus infection he did it 3 times each side. Sometimes if it's really bad he would use a weaker mix of around 50% total alcohol.
    A friend uses a 2:1 alcohol and vinegar was before goin into salt water. All this does for him is to help clear the wax out and his ears drain better for him. My doctor doesn't want me to dive since "it's a dangerous sport". Allegedly his good friend died on his 3rd dive ever when his lungs over expanded. I just tell him to think of me as a skateboarder that wears knee pads then.
     
  11. spstar

    spstar Scuba Instructor

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    I have been using the 60/40 alcohol and vinegar for about a year now after every dive.
    I did a search on swimmers ear and came across the recipe on a web site it works great for getting the water out. I use an old childrens Tylenol bottle with a eye dropper built in the lid. Made a label with my label maker and keep it in my Plano accessory box with all my other supplies
     
  12. shaggie

    shaggie Manta Ray

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    I've heard Bacardi 151 and a match works to!
     
  13. RonFrank

    RonFrank Orca

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    My ears felt water logged, and that lasted for many days afterward. I even went an purchased some docs proplugs. I've never used them, and have never had issues since. That was 30+ dives ago as deep as 117fsw.

    I had a lot of problems equalizing in my OW classes, and I believe it was because I was basically trying to do so to late. Now I generally equalize the entire decent. During my Key Largo dives, I was the boat spotter for our little team (my cuz stayed down) and my decents were head down as fast as I could swim equalizing all the way. The key, equalize early, and often, just like PADI or whomever will tell you, but maybe most don't take that to heart.

    I've had zero issues since OW, and while if this condition persists see a doctor, your mate may have just had a case of what I had which was EQ problems that resulted in issues with the ears that can be prevented by good EQ for future dives.
     
  14. ScubaSarus

    ScubaSarus Loggerhead Turtle

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    What does the vinegar do in the ear solution ? I know alcohol helps to dry things.
     
  15. m3830431

    m3830431 Great White

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    Stand on one leg and vigorously shake the other. It helps to hold on to something. ;)
     
  16. scubatoys

    scubatoys ScubaBoard Business Sponsor ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

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    Vinegar is 5% acetic acid solution. The ocean is very "base" (opposite of acid) so getting acid back in helps. You will see some commercial ear washes use alcohol and boric acid, and some will toss in some glycerin just to soften up the mix.

    But the vinegar alcohol in any mix is probably one of the best. Handy to keep the vinegar around too incase you get stung by anything. Jellies, fire coral, etc... soak with vinegar. You'll smell like a salad... but it will stop most ocean stings.
     
  17. ScubaSarus

    ScubaSarus Loggerhead Turtle

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    I actually put a drop of peroxide in the ear especially when clogged with fresh water. No harm done so far and enjoy the fizzling sensation.
     
  18. Santa

    Santa Scuba Instructor

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    recently i also heard a recommendation for ear candleing ..... i haven't tried it yet, but it sounds like a lot of trouble to perform on a boat unless it is a sleepy live-aboard, but maybe it would help your ears be in overall better condition PRIOR to the dive? not sure.

    ???[/QUOTE]

    Uhm ... whats candling?

    Regards
     
  19. ScubaSarus

    ScubaSarus Loggerhead Turtle

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    Just a note on ear candeling (ear conning). Take a wax cone place it in ear light on fire creating vaccuum that supposed to suck up stuff out of the ear.

    Following is from a discussion board:

    : Has anyone ever tried candleing their ears with ear cones or candles? I have problems with ears being plugged due to fluid in the middle ear. I have had tubes. They have fallen out now. I also have ringing in the left ear and it has been there for over a year. It changes pitches. Have you ever heard of that? I have heard of ear candleing and thought I might give it a try. Any suggestions?

    My husband has seen ear candling at work and has several co-workers who use it often. He tried it at home with some success. It will not help with ear fluid though I can tell you that. Only tubes and/or antibiotics can help with that and if that doesn't work you will probably wind up with permanent hearing loss. I say this from personal expierence. I had fluid post measles as a child and they tried everything to get rid of it but nothing worked. I would suggest you see your ENT doctor and let him prescribe the best type of treatment for you ear problems. Fluid in the ears is not something you want to try to handle on your own since you risk permanent hearing loss. Good luck.
     
  20. SteveFass

    SteveFass Barracuda

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    ce28 - I get the same thing every time I go diving. The ear solutions don't do anything for me. I'm water logged and lasts for at least a week every time. Last time I dove I tried a decongestant pill for a day or so and that seemed to do the trick. Or it went away by itself again.
     

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