Ear eczema

Last update on Sep, 15, 2020

Itchy ears: what if it's eczema?

Itchy ears is a feeling of irritation accompanied by an immediate need to scratch the affected area. If it is caused by eczema, it can be easily recognized by a reddish and rash-like appearance. Whatever the cause may be, it is advised to avoid scratching the itchy area as itchy ears often heal on their own. However, if the symptoms worsen or persist for a long period of time, do not hesitate to contact your doctor.

How does ear eczema appear?

Itchy ears can often be a symptom of an ear infection. Otitis externa, known to athletes as "swimmer's ear," is among the most common types of ear infections. Otitis most often occurs after water accumulates in the ear canal after swimming. Other possible infections include chicken pox, ringworm and strep. 

Insect bites and food allergies are sometimes the cause of itchy ears, usually accompanied by difficulty in breathing, swelling, possible fainting and ear trauma. The use of cosmetics and detergents, as well as contact with particular metals, such as those found in jewelry, can also cause itchy ears.

Ear eczema treatment

The most common treatment for ear eczema can vary depending on triggered it. As there are different types of rashes, the treatment often involves the application of a capsaicin-based cream, a substance capable of numbing the nerve endings, or a moisturizing cream, especially those based on starch glycerol. In case of an allergic reaction, it is contact your doctor who, after a careful analysis, can prescribe the most suitable antihistamine drug treatment

Nature also offers remedies to alleviate ear eczema or repair damaged hearing, a few drops of olive oil or aloe vera can restore the natural pH of the ear and provide a pleasant feeling of relaxation. Please remember that it is important to see a doctor if you are suffering from an ear infection.

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