Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin disease that can appear in any part of the body, including the ears. In particular, it can affect one or both ears, the lobe, the eardrum or even in the ear canal, becoming particularly annoying. In people with hearing loss, wearing hearing aids can also become very difficult when experiencing psoriasis.
Psoriasis is a skin disease that falls into the macro-category of dermatitis. It manifests itself as erythematous and roundish plaques covered with white flaky patches. In some cases, these lesions can cause itching and become very annoying. Psoriasis in the ears is often an extension of scalp psoriasis and classically affects the ear canal, as well as the pinna and behind the ears. Its complications are similar to earwax plug formation.
There are several forms of psoriasis, the most common being:
If psoriasis develops in the ear, it is important not to underestimate the problem precisely because it is very delicate area. Ear Psoriasis has both genetic and external causes.
Genetic factors: psoriasis is an autoimmune disease determined by a malfunction of the immune system. It has a genetic basis, as it has been found that many people with psoriasis also have cases in their families.
External factors: stress could be a risk factor, but physical traumas such as burns, scars or accidental blows can also influence it. It can also be caused by certain medications such as antimalarials or beta blockers. In addition, alcohol abuse and smoking also trigger the appearance of this condition.
There are several natural remedies that can treat ear psoriasis, Aloe vera, for example, has an anti-inflammatory and soothing action. Tea tree oil is also excellent due to its moisturizing effect, useful when the skin is flaky and peeling and as it is able to sooth the sensation of irritation. It is also possible to mix two teaspoons of baking soda with some water in order to create a real compress, to be applied locally for few minutes. However, we recommend that you consult an expert before opting for DIY skin remedies.
Because of the skin flakiness caused by this condition, people with hearing aid are likely to experience some discomfort. In fact, when the patches are located near the ear canal, people may experience reduced hearing similar to when a wax plug forms. If you're having trouble with your hearing aids due to psoriasis, contact our Amplifon experts so that we can work together to find the best solution for you.
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