How Do I Avoid Getting Water in My Ear When Swimming?

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I took up swimming, and always get water stuck in my ears. I’ve been using cotton swabs, but I know those can make things worse. Any advice?

I hear you! After my last Ironman race, my ears were plugged for a week. I wish I had known then this simple trick from the Cleveland Clinic: Soak a cotton ball with hydrogen peroxide, turn your head sideways, and drip the solution into your ear canal. Let it soak a few moments, then turn your head to let it drain out. This helps clean out wax that’s trapping water in your ear. To prevent water from getting in there in the first place, I always wear moldable earplugs and pull my swim cap over my ears.

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