Water stuck in your ear? How to get rid of this summer nuisance.

You’re making a left turn and when the arrow turns green, someone isn’t paying attention, and too much time passes before the light turns red again, and you weren’t able to make the light.

You’re watching something, and it’s slow to load so it plays for a few seconds and then it stops and then it plays again and then it stops.

Being human can be a very irritating existence. But there are few things more annoying than having water stuck in your ear.

Summer is full of fun water sports, but nothing rains on your parade like having water stuck in your ear. So how do you get it out? We found out.

How do you get water out of your ear naturally?

We spoke with Mayo Clinic – Arizona physicians Dr. Jesse Bracamonte, a family medicine doctor, and Dr. Nicholas Deep, an otolaryngologist (an ears, nose, and throat physician) to find out what you need to know about getting water stuck in your ears.

For home remedies, they suggested:

Bracamonte says that this mixture can help evaporate the water and prevent the growth of bacteria or fungi. Deep adds that this mixture can change the ear canal’s pH which aids in the evaporation process. However, he cautions, “This method should be avoided if there’s a risk of a perforated eardrum, ear tubes or a severe infection. Cotton swabs are discouraged as they may damage the sensitive skin of the ear canal, potentially leading to an infection.”

Will water come out of the ear naturally?

The good news is that most of the time, the water will evaporate naturally. You may need to see a physician if the problem persists because you may have developed an infection known as “swimmer’s ear.”

Swimmer’s ear, or otitis externa, is an infection of the ear canal, and is usually the result of getting water stuck in the ear. Symptoms of swimmer’s ear include:

  • Pain or “fullness” in the ear

  • Itchiness

  • Ear drainage

  • Muffled hearing

  • Fever

  • Intense, radiating, pain that can spread across your face, neck and head

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Swimmer’s ear can be prevented by practicing good eye hygiene. Bracamonte says, “Keep the ear dry and if swimming in water that has potentially high bacteria such as a lake, use the alcohol preparation with white vinegar to help the water dry uneventfully and prevent the growth of bacteria. It is cheap, easy, and a safe and effective home remedy.”

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: How to get water out of ear: Natural, easy home remedies from experts

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