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Ear Trouble

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Jason Billows

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Sep 17, 2002
Hi there,

I've been having a little ear trouble and am hoping that some of you may have suggestions on how I can clear things up.

Last week I got an ear infection. Not the first time and probably not the last, but this one came on fast and strong. A trip to the doctor ended up with me on both oral antibiotics and ear drops.

Good news is that the infection cleared up rather quickly. The bad news is that I still have quite a bit of water trapped in my ear. So much that I can't hear properly out of it (everything is muffled) and the pressure inside is quite uncomfortable, even painful at times. Initially there was water following my dive (a couple of late equalizations), but it seems like there is even more in the ear now than before.

Anyway, I returned to the doctor to talk about the water in my ear and she said there is nothing I can do but wait it out. She seemed pretty disinterested in my situation. In the meantime, she told me to keep it dry and stay out of the water. I have a flight this Thursday and the doctor said it would likely be painful to equalize, but "probably" wouldn't burst my eardrum. Probably! Instills quite a bit of confidence doesn't it.

So, here's my question... Does anyone know of a way to speed up this process and get the water out of my ear ASAP. I'd love to have it gone by the time I fly this Thursday, but I'm most concerned that I won't be able to train and/or compete for the upcoming Eastern Regional Competiton in Ottawa, June 18 - 20.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


I think I would listen to the doc if I where you. To hurry things now could lead to other problems such as delay in healing futher infection; missing one competition isnt the end of the world, there'll be another along soon :)
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