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why are my ears dry and flaky

A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
13 years experience Family Medicine
Flaky ears: Ketoconazole is an antifungal medication - and while putting it on dry areas of skin could likely help it (b/c it's in a cream form), a more appropria ... Read More

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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Miller
9 years experience Family Medicine
More than dandruff: This sounds like it might be seborrheic dermatitis, which is like serious dandruff. There are specific treatments for this. See your doc and together ... Read More
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A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Luis Villaplana
34 years experience Internal Medicine
DRY EAR SKIN?: Simple moisturizers may help but the constant wetness needs evaluated in order to eradicate it.
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jaiprakash thakor Jairam
Specializes in Healthcare Professional
Dry ears: Hi.The use of the cotton bud may/probably caused excessive drying out of your external ear in first place,which led to current problem.Suggest stop.Pe ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Birnbaum
43 years experience Internal Medicine
Depends on cause: Some of the more common causes of dry flaky skin in the ears include a condition called seborrhea dermatitis as well as a skin allergy or skin yeast i ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
27 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Plugs and jelly: There are ear plugs you can purchase, either molded to your ear shape or made of malleable silicone similar to "silly putty." another option is a cott ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
26 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Skin and wax: You may have some eczema of the ear canal. The ear canal is lined with the same lining as the rest of your body... Any skin condition that can affect ... Read More
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A 66-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
35 years experience Podiatry
Moisturizing lotions: I like water-based moisturizing lotions. My favorites are dml lotion and dml forte cream. These are water based, and don't have any fragrences or col ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonathan Owens
33 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Infection: The water carries bacteria from the ear canal skin with it and can cause infection of the cholesteatoma. Such an infection would lead to increased pa ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
44 years experience General Surgery
Probably trauma: or injury, but could be infection. This is abnormal. See a doctor for proper treatment.

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