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Hi, I'm Doctor Robert, a Medical Internist (MD) who deals with diseases of all organ systems. All my education has been completed in the US.
Itching of the ear is due to a couple of things;
1. irritated ear drum
2. foreign body
3. wax buildup (fancy term: cerumen deposit)
4. some medications
5. loud noises
6. liver disease
7. hearing loss
9. swimmer's ear
Most of these can be easily distinguished with an exam with that otoscope tool docs shove in the ear.
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But most likey? Ear wax. But do NOT stick anything in there! You'll cause more harm thatn good. Please do NOT stick pencils, paper clips, hangers, etc. into the ear canal. It's VERy dangerous.
Your primary care physician (PCP) will take one minute to look in and give you a reason. Believe it or not, this is NOT uncommon and I saw this in primary care quite often. And most time? Simple ear wax.
You can try Debrox which is available over the counter (OTC) at the pharmacy. VERy safe and easy to use. Just follow the instructions exactly.
I just had wax cleaned in ears in May 2012.
And it still itches?
Keep in mind the ear is CONSTANTL Y making wax, so unless it was done within the last week, that is not helpful.
It is the ear's defense against infection.
It never itched before....this is a new symptom.
You could have any of the other problems I listed.
That's why you should be seen.
Try the Debrox, as it helps a lOT of people with this complaint.
It's very safe and inexensive.
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I am a fan of natural remedies, does that stuff qualify?
Yes, it is a natural ingredient that dissolves wax. And it is NOT absorbed into the body at all.
It does the work of a Q-tip, just in a liquid form.
that's great, I will try it. Thank you.
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