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No ear wax but scabbing/crusting
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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.
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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.
 
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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.


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