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San Angelo, TX
A 29-year-old female asked:

Severe inner itching of both ears for more than 6mos. antibiotic drops, wax rem. no go. doc said no infections but inflamed. itching and pain. cause?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Pediatrics 31 years experience
? eczema: If you have a history of eczema, allergic rhinitis or asthma, I'd ask your physician about DermOtic. You can have eczema in your ear canals, and this could help. Of course, don't put Q-tips or ear plugs in.
Dr. Devin Cunning
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Otitis externa: Otitis externa may be infectious due to virus (shingles), bacteria or fungi, or inflammatory as in eczema or psoriasis. Without an obvious bacterial cause, steroid for inflammation such as DermOtic or steroid/acetic acid such as VosolHC may be appropriate. Definitely NO cotton swab use in the ear canal. Do not over irrigate the ear canal with wax softeners.
Dr. Joyce Pastore
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Also avoid swimmimg until resolved. Avoid getting water in the ears when showering.
Aug 9, 2014

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