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itchy ears
marliesue posted:
My ear canals itch, driving me crazy. I know not to insert anything in there, I just put my knuckle at os and shake vigorously. Probably d/t seasonal allergies, altho mine seem to be year round. Maybe dry skin? Any suggestions? Some substance I could put in there to keep it moist? Thanks
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Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
The cure for itchy ears isn't to scratch them. A cure is dependent on the cause; not something that I can blindly determine over the Internet. Unless you know the underlying reason, it may be very difficult to solve this problem.

Dry skin? The most common cause of this would be eczema (atopic dermatitis), very common in people with allergies. This is made worse by using Q-tips, so don't deny using them! The more you strip off the protective wax coating, the more they will itch. Antihistamines, like Claritin or Zyrtec can help itching, but they may not fix the underlying cause. A mild steroid ear drop (prescription) is often used, unless of course, the cause is fungus.

Fungus? This is very possible. Yeast and fungi love to grow in warm, dark places and the ear canal fits the bill. If you have an underlying fungal infection, you will most likely need a prescription for the proper antifungal drops, so a visit to your medical provider is required.

Infections? Chronic skin infections can itch, too. A hand-on examination would be required to determine if this is a reason.
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