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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Ear Pruritus

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Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Itch (Definition)

Itches are a clinical finding in which a person's skin has a sensation of non-painful irritation ...Read more


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I have itchy and flaky ears. This has been going on for about a year. What could be the cause?

I have itchy and flaky ears. This has been going on for about a year. What could be the cause?

Itching ears: Itching and flaking ears could be some type of contact dermatitis such as creams or perfumes or something called seborrhea. Don, t get anything on you and get Hydrocortisone cream to put on your ears three times a day. If this does not get better then see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have very itchy ears (inside). What could that be caused from. Extremely itchy!

I have very itchy ears (inside).  What could that be caused from.  Extremely itchy!

Dry skin: Pruritis without pain is generally manifested by dry skin or retained soap products. If itching becomes intense or starts to become painful then likely otitis externa see physician for evaluation. ...Read more

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My wife has burning itchy sensation all over her body in her ear and down by her crouch area for the past week. What's the cause and some solutions?

My wife has burning itchy sensation all over  her body in her ear and down by her crouch area for the past week. What's the cause and some solutions?

Doctor can evaluate: Itching all over can be due to an allergic or irritant reaction to some medicine, food, virus, soap, etc... A primary care doctor can evaluate. Sometimes, the doctor will order some blood tests to check the liver, kidneys, and other organs, if there is unexplained itching. Uncommon, but possible, is overall itching due to getting parasites, such as after foreign travel. ...Read more

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What causes itchy white bumps behind ear lobes? I can pop them and the white stuff comes out.

What causes itchy white bumps behind ear lobes? I can pop them and the white stuff comes out.

Sebaceous cysts: Many people have these cysts, which develop in the earlobes and behind the ears. They are oily, containing sebum, and sometimes can get infected. If you're able to express and drain them on your own, I would not be too concerned. If you develop a large one or it becomes infected, then sometimes surgical removal is necessary. ...Read more

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Can dry itchy (irritation?) ear skin causes lymph node behind ear to swell? Kind of hard and ever so slightly movable.

Can dry itchy (irritation?) ear skin causes lymph node behind ear to swell? Kind of hard and ever so slightly movable.

Post auricular LN: Your rash in that location could be psoriasis The lymph nodes could be related to that. your physician can help clarify this or have you see the appropriate physician consultants ...Read more

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My ears are really dry on the outer part and they are really itchy and when i scratch them they burn really bad. What would cause that?

My ears are really dry on the outer part and they are really itchy and when i scratch them they burn really bad. What would cause that?

Maybe it is eczema: It is difficult to tell exactly what you have, but likely it is eczema--which is quite common. Itching typically causes scratching and excessive cleaning which often makes it worse. Fungal infection can also cause itching. If you have rashes elsewhere such as elbows/knees etc...Then more likely eczema. Try some otc cortisone cream, and minimize excessive cleaning/drying. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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