Itchy ear canal

An itchy ear canal can be the result of an inflamed or flaky skin condition develops when the skin inside the ear is damaged, infected with bacteria or fungus and waterlogged. This condition is also known as otitis externa. This condition causes itching sensation, dry flaky skin, pain, soreness and a watery discharge with an odor.

Scratching of the affected area can cause inflammation of the skin found inside the ear which makes the itchiness worse as well as damage the eardrum due to rupture or accumulation of earwax.

Causes

  • Skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis that can spread to the ear canal.
  • Fungal infections in other areas of the body such as in the feet or in the groin area. There is a possibility that it can spread to the ear canal.
  • Swimmers have a high risk of developing an itchy ear.
  • Using Q-tip or cotton buds in cleaning the ears that can cause damage inside.
  • Warm temperatures can also cause itchiness of the ears.
  • Residue of hair products such as hairspray, shampoo, bubble bath, shower gel and hair dye can accidentally enter the ear while taking a bath or shower and cause irritation and itchiness.
    Itchy ear canal

    Skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis that can spread to the ear canal.

  • Allergies such as dust, pets, pollen and some food products.

Treatment

  • Use an ear drop that contains hydrocortisone to lessen itching and swelling and also antibiotics that helps in eliminating bacteria that cause the infection.
  • Make homemade drops using mineral oil or vegetable oil. Warm the oil by placing the jar into a warm glass of water for at least 30 minutes or less. Test the oil before applying to the ear that it is not too hot in order to prevent burning the skin.
  • Itchiness of the ear canal can also be minimized by squirting the area with a mixture of alcohol and water. Use an ear syringe or bulb syringe when using the mixture to the affected ear. The mixture also helps in flushing out debris and eliminates any elements inside the ears. Just make sure that the water is drained out of the ears using a syringe.
  • If itching is caused by accumulation of earwax, avoid inserting anything inside the ears. Lie on one side with the affected ear facing the roof and then place a warm washcloth or warm water bottle over the ear. Heat helps soften the ear wax. Use a cotton tipped swab to eliminate the softened ear wax.
  • Another method of treating ear canal itchiness is by mixing equal amounts of rubbing alcohol and white vinegar. Use a dipper, pipette or a teaspoon and let the solution drip inside the ear by tilting the head to the side. Keep the solution inside the ear for a few seconds at least once or twice every day.

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