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I have itchy and hot earlobes. Could this be eczema tht should

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I have itchy and hot earlobes. Could this be eczema tht should be treated by dermatologist instead of ENT?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr.Sawhney replied 3 years ago.
Hello

Do you have any lesions on the ear lobes?
Any swelling or inflammation?
Any redness?
Since how long?

Thanks
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
No swelling or redness or lesions on ear lobes. Problem started about 4 weeks ago with itchy and warm / hot bottom of ears. Goes back and forth between the ears. Have been to urgent care 3 times. They said my ears are clear but initially tried drops and Loratadine in case I had water behind the ears. I then went again to urgent care a week later and they said ears are clear but maybe slight redness in middle ear so they gave me antibiotic which I took for 7 days. Didn't help. I then went to ENT doctor last Thursday who said ears are clear but I have swimmer's ear and I can't get water in my ears. Since I had my ears rinsed out about 2 months ago at the urgent care for wax she felt this was the problem. She gave me acetic acid drops to take. I have been taking them but ears continue to have same problem. Don't know if I should try my dermatologist. Can't get an appointment with my ENT doctor until next week so I am not sure what to do?
Expert:  Dr.Sawhney replied 3 years ago.
Thanks for the reply.

If no lesions are present on ear lobes and if no lesions have been observed by your ENT doctor in the external canal it is unlikely that you would have eczema but still it would be better to have a dermatologist look at it as ENT has been unable to find anything significant in the area.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Sawhney,

 

I had my wife look at my ears and she sees nothing related to redness or inflamation either. Just wondering if you had any other ideas on what may be the problem given the itchy and burning type of symtoms?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Also, can you tell me if taking acetic acid 2% otic solution more than the recommended on the label 4 drops twice a day is a concern. It seems to help but I can't tell yet. So I thought if I increase the dosage to 4 drops 3 times a day I could find out faster if it is helping my problem. Is this OK do you think?
Expert:  Dr.Sawhney replied 3 years ago.
Sorry for the delay.Had been offline and was unable to see your reply.
Other thing which may be responsible for symptoms may be a disturbed autonomic control of blood circulation in the ear lobes.
Like in other peripheral areas of body ( e.g. nose) blood flowing through ear lobes is controlled by our autonomic system.The autonomic system may be having some problem controlling the blood flow causing the symptoms.This is a hypothesis which should be considered as no other reason seems to be evident.
Using 4 drops 3 times a day of otic 2% solution should not cause any problem and it is okay
to do so.
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