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Ears itch on outside and in the beginning of the ear canal

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My ears are itchy. It is on the outside and in the beginning of the ear canal. My ears are clean and I have tried over the counter cortizone.

Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Uzair replied 6 years ago.


Welcome to JustAnswer. I shall try my best to assist you while you are corresponding with me.

Q. How long have they been itchy for?

Q. Do you have dandruff?

Q. Do you have flakes of skin coming out from the ear?

Q. Any discharge from the ear or hearing loss?

Q. Are you on any long term medication?

Q. Any previously diagnosed medical conditions?

Customer: replied 6 years ago.

How long? A few months

Dandruff? No

Flakes coming out of ear? No

Discharge or hearing loss? No

Long tern medication? No

Previous medical conditions? No

Expert:  Dr Uzair replied 6 years ago.

Thanks for the details.

Itchiness in the external auditory meatus and around the ear has a few causes.

In some individuals it is due to compulsive cleaning of the ear and removing all the ear wax which causes dryness in the ear canal causing itching. This can be alleviated by putting a drop or two of vegetable oil in the ear occasionally and to avoid compulsive cleaning of the ear.

Otomycosis - This is a fungal infection of the outer ear canal (external auditory meatus). This can cause intense itching and sometimes, discharge as well in severe cases.

This should be explored in your case especially because cortisone did not help with the itch. If found to be infected with fungus, topical anti fungal agents will have to be used and oral antifungals can also be used to relieve this. You will need to see an ENT specialist for this and a swab test will be required along with examination with an Otoscope. If seeing an ENT doctor is not possible at this point in time then:

Use white vinegar thrice daily.

Use Cetrizine oral tablets (OTC) twice daily.

Avoid entry of water in the ears.

Use oil soaked cotton swabs.

Hope this helps.

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