How to Get Rid of Wax in Ear After Swimming

How to Get Rid of Wax in Ear After SwimmingEarwax is a natural substance that protects the skin of the ear canal against cracks and excess moisture. Wax in the ear only poses a problem when there is too much of it, or when it becomes impacted due to foreign objects being inserted into the ear or water after bathing or swimming. This built-up wax can lead to pain and hearing problems, among other symptoms. Fortunately, there are some tried and tested steps to help you safely get rid of wax in the ear after swimming.


Difficulty: Moderate

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Small medicine dropper
  • Warm olive oil
  • Commercial earwax softener
Step 1
Fill a small, clean medicine dropper (these can be found both at pharmacies and online--see Resources) with warm olive oil, and place two droplets of oil into the ear or ears impacted by wax buildup after swimming. The oil should help loosen up the wax and make it easier for the wax to come out on its own.
Step 2
Use a commercially sold earwax softener sold at pharmacies, following the directions on the package as indicated. These, too, are designed to help soften the wax so that it leaves the ear canal.
Step 3
Continue to use oil or wax softeners for three to four days, placing a couple of drops in the ear two to three times per day.
Step 4
See a health care provider who can help remove the earwax and give you helpful tips to prevent earwax buildup after swimming in the future. If needed, your doctor can remove the wax using a syringe or by washing out the ear canal.

Tips & Warnings

Prevent earwax buildup after swimming by using swim plugs, especially if swimming continually causes wax buildup. You should also soak up moisture around your ears as soon as possible after swimming with a clean, dry towel.
Do not attempt to clean out your ears using water, cotton swabs or other foreign objects, as this can further impact the earwax and worsen the problem.
Do not use earwax-softening drops if you know that you have a hole in your eardrum.

Article Written By Laura Dixon

Currently based in France, Laura Dixon has been a freelance writer since 2008. Dixon specializes in various topics including health, travel and culture. Previously, she worked as a weekly newspaper reporter in Central California. Dixon holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and international relations from the University of California.

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