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    Eczema inside ears plugging eardrum
    angandbcd posted:
    I have been seeing an ENT doc for chronic ear eczema. He usually suctions out a buildup of sloughed skin or gets it out with a tool. Recently he told me that it would be too painful to take the debris off of my eardrum. So I now have a blockage (stuffy ear with loss of hearing). He told me to use the Elocon he had prescribed. My question is as follows: Does Elocon eventually loosen that skin and cause it to come out on its own. I am about to go bonkers with the discomfort and lack of hearing. About to seek a new doc. Not sure why he would suction sometimes and other times not. Any advice or knowledge would be greatly appreciated.
    Mohiba K Tareen, MD responded:
    It may just be a matter of style/ preference but my favorite prescription for ear canal/ inner ear eczema is a specific ear oil called Derm-Otic. I find that it helps quell the inflammation and reduce the debris.

    You may want to get a second opinion from a dermatologist.

    I hope that helps
    Dr. Mohiba Tareen
    Tareen Dermatology, Roseville, Minn
    Castle Connoly's America's Top Cosmetic Dermatologists
    Adjunct Assistant Professor Univ of MN Dept of Dermatology
    angandbcd replied to Mohiba K Tareen, MD's response:
    Thank you very much for your reply, Dr. Tareen. I finally did see a 2nd doc, who flushed the ears with a liquid partly composed of mecurochrome. He also painted them with gentian violet. He said to use no meds for a while. I do have some Derm-Otic - was using per first doc 1 drop of Dermotic daily (for yeast prevention he said) and 2 drops of Elocon nightly. Since I am now using both of these only occasionally I may try to switch to the Dermotic. The flush treatment seems to have helped a lot. The second doc said sometimes people go overboard and to just back off for a while and see if wax comes back. Anyway, I really appreciate your response! Angela
    Mohiba K Tareen, MD replied to angandbcd's response:
    So happy Angela! Thanks for keeping us updated
    Dr. Mohiba Tareen
    Tareen Dermatology, Roseville, Minn
    Castle Connoly's America's Top Cosmetic Dermatologists
    Adjunct Assistant Professor Univ of MN Dept of Dermatology
    An_251277 responded:
    I cured myself with a thyroid medicine and an elimination diet.
    I had severe eczema in my ear canals. I would scratch at it and get ear infections. I thought I would eventually become deaf. I was very afraid. So I researched all of it.
    I had almost no ear wax. I also had dry skin, low morning body temp, intolerance of heat/cold, very slow hair & nail growth, and other signs of low thyroid. But my thyroid blood test results showed only a bit low, but still in the normal range.
    To increase ear wax production and restore normal oily skin, I took a thyroid medicine Cynoplus, which is a T4/T3 combination. I now have some ear wax and oily (not dry)skin. Before all this, I was trying all kinds of natural soaps and shampoos, body lotions, etc as the solution. Now I can use any soap or shampoo and don't need skin lotion.
    I also try to have more healthy oils in my diet -- olive oil, real butter, peanut butter, etc.
    Also, to fully stop eczema flare-ups, I did an elimation diet of the most common food allergens (corn, wheat, tree nuts, coffee, alcohol, gluten, etc). I found that whenever I ate the smallest amount of corn (in any form, including high fructose corn syrup [found in MANY foods and drinks>, corn starch, popcorn, etc) the eczema would start within 1-2 days. This happened even after I increased my ear wax by boosting my thyroid, but the eczema was very minor -- it didn't spread to the ear canal, just at the opening and went away quickly.
    I have been free of ear eczema for three months now and also feel much better overall. The Cynoplus thyroid hormone T4/T3 also cured my chronic fatigue, brain fog, frequent depression, and slow wound healing.
    Research/Google elimination diet and also the symptoms of low thyroid (hypothyroidism) -- and cure yourself permanently.
    If you can't afford many doctor visits or expensive U.S. medicines, or you have a doctor who is unwilling to let you try thyroid hormones, you can try another doctor -- or order online inexpensive Cynoplus from a Mexican pharmacy and start at the lowest dose. You can also order U.S. blood tests via the Internet (without a local doctor), with blood taking labs in almost every U.S. city; the test results are emailed to you.
    If you can afford it, it is best to see a doctor, ask for a hard copy of blood test results, and get a prescription for U.S. medicines. Remember that even if blood tests show normal levels of thyroid hormones, but you still have many of the low thyroid symptoms, you may need to insist that your doctor let you try thyroid hormone pills -- especially if you have serious problems like eczema in you ear canal and resulting, dangerous ear infections. See if T4/T3, or T4 alone, increases ear wax production. You will know in one week if it works.
    angandbcd replied to An_251277's response:
    Thank you for this information An_25!! - I really appreciate the time you took to pass this on. It was all very interesting and I will look into trying these remedies. I like the information about the relief you got for your low thyroid symptoms. Tx again. Angela

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