Skip to content
No ear wax but scabbing/crusting
avatar
Redvoice posted:
Hello. Does anybody know why the ear stops producing ear wax? I've had about five ear infections in the same ear in the past two years and each time was given ear drops and it cleared up. The only thing is my ear no longer produces ear wax, and instead it crusts over the entry canal. It almost looks like scabbing of some sort. The buildup gets so thing and encrusted that I remove the build-up and the area is extremely wet in the area where the scab/crust was. There is no probbing with q-tips/etc. For the most part I leave my ear completely alone, except when the ear canal is completely blocked. Has anybody heard of this? Is this something I should be concerned about? Thanks.
Reply
 
avatar
Rod_Moser_PA_PhD responded:
The ear canal is lined with skin, and some skin can become dry for a variety of reasons. If you are having scabbing or crusting in your ear canal, you may have atopic dermatitis (eczema) or even a skin infection such as impetigo. You will need to see your medical provider -- someone that has the ability to examine you first-hand -- so you can have this problem properly diagnosed...and treated.
 
avatar
annedean responded:
I've had this for many years. An antibiotic clears it up, but it keeps coming back. Right----q-tip scratching makes it worse or even brings it on. A dermatologist helped me---said it was the same fungus as that which causes dandruff---serrabem (sp?---cannot remember name). He prescribed 2 medications: an antibiotic and an anti-inflammatory agent. They do work. I haven't had all that crust for a year (since I've been using these two medications). The dr. said that it is incurable, but these medications keep it manageable. Sometimes it may feel that flakes are forming again w/itching. But, they go away quickly if you follow the med.instruction. Best bet: a dermatologist, not ENT.
 
avatar
rachel1964 responded:
Hi, I have the same exact thing, I will clean my ear with a q tip and several hours later, a crust is there when I put the q tip in my ear, it's like blocking my inner ear, I want to get it out but I cant, I tried but if I dig real hard it hurts so bad I hit the ceiling, I want this crust out of my ear, and I want to know what it looks like and why it's there.


Helpful Tips

Sharp pain in left ear lob cartiliage
After the last 24 hours of excruciating pain and having tried Tylenol Regular and Sinus and heating pads, this morning I took Aleve as a ... More
Was this Helpful?
0 of 0 found this helpful

Expert Blog

Focus on Flu

Find answers to your questions about seasonal flu issues and answers to your concerns about the flu season and H1N1...Read More

Related News

There was an error with this newsfeed

Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.