Itchy Ear (Otitis Externa)

Itching in the Ear?

The itchy ear canal is a common symptom, using q tips or earbuds may give temporary relief but it is the worst thing you can do with the ear canal.

Itchy ear is often because of inflamed skin because of damage to skin or waterlogged inside, a condition known as otitis externa

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Causes of Itchy Ear/Itching in the Ear

  • Wax
  • Dryness of Ear skin
  • Chronic skin conditions
  • Allergy
  • Fungal infection of the ear more common in swimmers, hot humid environment and people cleaning ear too much causing abrasions.

Treatment of Itchy Ear Canal

  • Stopping use of earbuds
  • Thorough cleaning of ear for wax/fungal debris
  • Ear drops /antifungal ear drops if fungal infection

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