What are treatments for earaches due to water in the ear?

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When it comes to treating earaches due to water in the ear, there are a few things that you can try to safely dry it out:
  • Gently shake your head to expel water trapped in your ear after swimming or showering.
  • Use a hair dryer set on low to dry out the ear canal. Hold the dryer 10 to 12 inches away from the ear and aim the warm air into the ear canal.
  • Put 1 to 2 drops of rubbing alcohol into the ear to help the water evaporate.

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