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Vented plugs helped me out a lot when I first started diving. My ears seemed to get swollen feeling and tender, plus I would often still get water draining from my ears a few days after diving. When I started using plugs I was much happier. I haven't used them in years (kind of forgot about them), but I'm diving this weekend, and I think I'll try them out again.
1) I usually put the plugs in my mouth to lubricate them so they slide into place easier. Is that a bad idea? Should I be using bottled water instead?
2) On the subject of lubricating/moisturizing ears, is mineral oil the only option? I find mineral oil irritating. Is there another option? Could I add a drop of vitamin e/c facial serum to my ears? ( Vitamin C Facial Serum ) I use this on my face, and find it is gently moisturizing and very calming to inflamed skin. Anything in there that might annoy my ears?