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Guys,

I need some help from the wealth of experience. I'm on day one of a dive holiday and came up from my second dive of the day with water trapped in my ear. Too painful to dive the third dive! What can I do to clear it prompto! Bearing in mind that I'm in a hotel in the UAE and don't have ready access to any funny 'treatments'. I was thinking a little drop of vodka in lieu of iso-alcohol?

All help really appreciated so I can dive tomorrow!

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Can't imagine vodka would be much different to Swim Ear or similar alcohol based products. (Of course I'm not an ENT).

Careful it's not a reverse block - you don't want to force it and cause damage.
 

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OK lets get clear on what we're talking about here:
Water in the outer ear and stuff you can clean out is nothing to do with diving ear pains.
Discomfort on the descent is just take your time and do the ear clearing things, pain on the ascent is stop diving and get it checked.
Pain after the dive that isn't a hang-over from pain on the dive is probably an infection. Treat like a big, sore boil.
Vodka should only be taken internally.
 

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I would not put anything in your ears, I had the same problem and the specialist told me 15-20 minutes before use otradine nasal spray (decongestant) and with a different way of clearing my ears it seems to work. I would not think is trapped water, if is painful and you can hear only muffled sounds you may have some damage in the middle ear (baurotrama). This is only my personal experience, and the only way to cure it is not to dive for about 8 weeks.
 

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I would not put anything in your ears, I had the same problem and the specialist told me 15-20 minutes before use otradine nasal spray (decongestant) and with a different way of clearing my ears it seems to work.
He wasn't a diving specialist I take it, that is some bad advice you were given....

My wife gets this on diving holidays sometimes, usually on the first day so always takes some ear drops and swim ear for use, the results vary.

Best advice, miss a couple of dives now rather than balls up the rest of the holiday entirely, let your ear clear... do not go diving...

Find a chemist, they have some great ear drops and/or other medicinals out in the middle east, no fuss with 'scripts like back here...
 

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He wasn't a diving specialist I take it, that is some bad advice you were given....

My wife gets this on diving holidays sometimes, usually on the first day so always takes some ear drops and swim ear for use, the results vary.

Best advice, miss a couple of dives now rather than balls up the rest of the holiday entirely, let your ear clear... do not go diving...

Find a chemist, they have some great ear drops and/or other medicinals out in the middle east, no fuss with 'scripts like back here...
Sorry I did not make myself clear, i have problems equalising and on one dive this happened to me, suffered a baurotrama as i did not quite equlize. went to see a diving doctor he arranged for me to see a nose, ear specialist and was told by the specialist "dont dive or try otradine" as i have a narrow tube I was never given anything to take orally or put in the ears.
 

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The probability is, from this limited history, that the OP has a barotrauma. It is unlikely from two dives over one day he has an external ear canal infection, it takes longer than that. Therefore any ear drops in the external canal are irrelevant. ALL DIVERS SHOULD LEARN SOME BASIC ANATOMY OF THE EAR.
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The OP almost certainly has sustained a moderate middle ear barotrauma, the only correct advice that should be given in this circumstance is Do Not dive again until your ear has been examined by a competent ENT specialist and advice given. Anything else may risk more severe ear damage.
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Chap, get along to an ent doctor, I am guessing you are abroad, should your ear turn nasty, you could end up not being able to fly home for weeks. Or worse, risking the journey and being in agony for hours in a pressurised plane!
It really is not worth the risk of damage or endangering yourself for an hour or two of diving, get it checked properly, I never think the net is the place for anything resembling good advice with such things as this.
 
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