Last Modified on Nov 24, 2014
Symptoms, Causes and Treatment of Itchy Ears
Frequently the minutest symptoms are the most perplexing and frustrating. Itchy ears constitute an example of a minute problem than can cause extreme discomfort and even inner ear pain. Nonetheless, itchy ears are relatively common and can arise as the result of several factors. Identifying the exact cause of the issue is important to be able to effectively treat the issue.
While the associated symptoms of itchy ears may vary by individual, several common symptoms usually present in any individual. Common symptoms include constant or persistent itch inside or surround the ear canal, inner ear pain or discomfort and discharge from the ear. Some more severe cases may also involve inflammation of the ear and an adverse effect on the individual’s hearing.
It can sometimes be difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of itchy ears; however, many common causes have been identified. The five most common causes of itchy ears include abnormal wax production, allergies, fungal infection, skin conditions and bugs. Both the overproduction and underproduction of wax can cause itchy ears. Likewise, seasonal allergies can cause itchy ear canals much the same way as a histamine release causes irritated, watery eyes. Fungal infections typically occur in individuals who are swimmers or who frequently expose their ears to water while skin conditions can affect anyone who is prone to recurrent skin irritation.
Itchy Ear Remedies
Most issues will clear up without medical intervention. Nonetheless, treatment of itchy ears often hinges on curing the underlying cause of the issue. Many itchy ear issues can be cleared using hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol or vinegar. Additional options include garlic-infused olive oil as an antibiotic drop, tea tree oil or even olive oil applied to the site of irritation. Keep reading below to discover what home remedies Earth Clinic readers have used to cure itchy ears!
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[YEA] Have had itchy ears for a long time and though all the usual natural rememdies seemed to work for a few hours, none was long lasting.
Finally, in frustration I added about 10 drops of bleach (sodium hypochlorate) to a 250 ml wine glass of water and swabbed my ears with a cotton bud moistened with the solution. Eureka! At last I have had no itch for days on end.
Because I have no idea if sodium hypochlorate can have side problems I kept the solution weak and did not insert drops of the liquid into my ear. Maybe you should try 5 drops per 250 ml first, and increase drop by drop until you get an effect. Don't be tempted to use a very high strength until we have an opinion on any side effects. By the way... Don't forget that bleach bleaches! Leaks may bleach your favourite black satin pillow or your shirt. I suggest you plug your ears with cotton balls until the remedy dries.
[YEA] Lifeguards/water people who always have wet ears are very prome to ear infections both, bacterial & fungal; so to keep our "chronically wet" ears dried out properly, we (lifeguards, swim teams, surfers, etc) use a 50/50 water/alcohol solution between swims to remove excess water from the ear canal by prompting evaporation & drying. BUT this regime is too "drying" for most people, who's ears are not chroniclly wet/damp.
Instead, a cap full of hydrogen peroxide (in each ear) on a weekly/monthly basis is much better; it melts away excess ear wax, and cleans/debrids the ear, without removing the thin protective layer of ear wax.
[YEA] Peroxide works great! For some reason my right ear often itches and the peroxide goes deeper into the ear so it's better than using alcohol and a Q-tip because that will only push the wax further back while the peroxide drains it out.