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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Itchy Ear Lobe

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Lobe (Definition)

1. A rounded projection, especially a rounded, projecting anatomical part. (for example, the lobe of an ear) 2. A subdivision of a bodily organ or part bounded by fissures, connective tissue, or other structural boundaries. (for example, a ...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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I have very itchy ear canals. I clean my ears atleast twice a day. Could this cause the itching?

I have very itchy ear canals. I clean my ears atleast twice a day. Could this cause the itching?

Yes: Repetitive trauma to the ear canal from cleaning could cause the itching sensation, and could lead to infection of the ear canal. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have an itchy ear!?

What should I do if I have an itchy ear!?

Find out why: Itchy ears can be from allergies, problems in the ear, wax or a number other causes. An ENT can look in your ear and offer options on whether you could benefit from wax removal vs medication vs should do nothing about it. Whatever you do, please don't stick anything into the er canal to try to scratch it since you can do real harm to yourself. ...Read more

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What to do when you have an itchy ear and you can't stop itching it?

What to do when you have an itchy ear and you can't stop itching it?

Itch not to scratch.: Some itches shouldn't be scratched. Please don't stick anything in your ear! You do not want to damage your ear drum. You can have your doctor look in your ear to make sure that the external canal is free of debris and wax. If that is clear and you still have the problem, you may be suffering from allergies. Rule to follow: don't stick anything smaller than your elbow in you ear. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have an itchy ear that is sometimes moist and sometimes dry and flakey.?

I have an itchy ear that is sometimes moist and sometimes dry and flakey.?

Fungal?: I wonder if you have a fungal infection of the skin inside your ear, called Otomycosis. The other option would be more like an eczema of the ear canal but this would not often be moist. I would suggest you have your doctor take a look at it as it is difficult to diagnose without looking in your ear and that way he/she can properly treat you as well. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have an itchy ear. Sometimes it is moist. Sometimes it is dry and flaky?

I have an itchy ear. Sometimes it is moist. Sometimes it is dry and flaky?

Dermatitis: A dry itchy flaky ear canal is a manifestation of eczema of the ear canal skin. The skin of the ear canal is like skin in any other part of the external integument covering the outside of the body. There are several remedies such as 2% salicylic acid. If an ENT doctor can not be of help, consult a dermatologist, because this is simply an inflammation of the skin or a dermatitis of ear canal. ...Read more

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Should I see a dermatologist for itchy ear canals?

Itchy: A dermatologist will evaluate and treat itchy ears. Conditions such as dandruff, eczema, psoriasis, etc. May cause itchy ears. ...Read more

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What to do if curing an itchy ear canal?

What to do if curing an itchy ear canal?

Doctor can check: You could be having simple allergic reaction a heat pad on the ear and take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) from over the counter
there is special ear drop but it required a Rx from a doctor
no improvement see your doctor he can make the right diagnosis and help you with the right treatment ...Read more

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Hi! I have a swollen, hot, red, itchy ear! It sometimes hurts when I touch it but not all the time. I recently went swimming? What do you think it is?

Hi! I have a swollen, hot, red, itchy ear! It sometimes hurts when I touch it but not all the time. I recently went swimming? What do you think it is?

Otitis externa is a: Likely diagnosis with a story like that. Otitis can become quite serious relatively quickly. See your primary MD or urgent clinic for evaluation. They will determine the severity of infection and prescribe appropriate antibiotics. Some doctors here on HealthTap may be able to look at your ear with a video consult and make the diagnosis and Rx. Good luck! ...Read more

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Dizziness, headache, ear pain, itchy ear but mostly dizziness. Ps: it's getting hot where I live. What could it be?

Dizziness, headache, ear pain, itchy ear but mostly dizziness. Ps: it's getting hot where I live. What could it be?

Dizzyness, etc: You could have an allergic problem involving your sinuses, giving you a postnasal drip which involves your ears which can make you dizzy and make your ears itch ...Read more

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For a while I have had an increadibly itchy ear. I clean my ears regularly with cotton buds. Recently blood and water have appeared?

For a while I have had an increadibly itchy ear. I clean my ears regularly with cotton buds. Recently blood and water have appeared?

See your doctor: Its impossible for us to tell what's going on without a physical exam. I'd see your doctor to have a look. Amongst other things - it could be an otic infection, impaction or foreign body which has become lodged in there. I'd suggest not using the Q-Tips as this might only exacerbate any problem. Feel better & good luck! ...Read more

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I've very itchy ear. I control touching my ears at day but my fingers dance automatically at night. So there are frequent pillows or injuries. WT todo?

I've very itchy ear. I control touching my ears at day but my fingers dance automatically at night. So there are frequent pillows or injuries. WT todo?

Itchy Ears: Ear itching may have many possible causes, including allergens (agents that cause allergies), infections, autoimmune disorders, Seborrheic Dermatitis or other causes, such as Stress.
See your doctor for a diagnosis.
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Will acetic acid help with itchy ear canals? How long after using can I put my hearing aids in? Aids go behind ear and in canal.

Will acetic acid help with itchy ear canals? How long after using can I put my hearing aids in? Aids go behind ear and in canal.

It may: Acetic acid is probably helpful for itchy ear canals but is more appropriately used as a first drug for otitis externa or infection of the ear canal skin. My recommendation for itchy ears, which usually indicates dryness and if you are a Q tip user, please stop forever, is MINERAL OIL. This medication lubricates the skin of the canal and I have had few complaints after patients use it. ...Read more

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Very itchy ear canal after having having same ear irrigated and slightly dulled hearing, what could it be causing this? What treatment is available?

Very itchy ear canal after having having same ear irrigated and slightly dulled hearing, what could it be causing this? What treatment is available?

Ear itch: Itcing usually suggest allergy. Dullness of hearing could be ear wax. However, the combination suggest possible nerve irritation or damage......Contact an ear speicalist for a complete exam. ...Read more

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Hello, I happened to have a very itchy ear. So, I took a Q-tip and I think I went too far with it. I felt pain for a couple of seconds, followed by some blood on the tip of the cotton. I do hear fine, but now I feel a slight ache. What do I do?

Hello, I happened to have a very itchy ear. So, I took a Q-tip and I think I went too far with it. I felt pain for a couple of seconds, followed by some blood on the tip of the cotton. I do hear fine, but now I feel a slight ache. What do I do?

Exam needed: Itching of ear canal combined with some discharge is consistent with otitis externa, treated with ear drops containing antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory ingredients (cortisone type) such as cortisporin otic. However since you drew blood and have earache, an examination of the external and middle ear via an otoscope is recommended to look for significant trauma to the ear canal and drum ...Read more

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Itchy ear, red sore tonsil on the lft side. What to do. Took benedryl, and zantac (ranitidine).

Itchy ear, red sore tonsil on the lft side. What to do. Took benedryl, and zantac (ranitidine).

Swollen tonsil: The ear symptoms may be caused by the inflammation in the tonsil. Whenever you have a persistent enlarged/swollen tonsil on one side needs to get checked and possibly biopsied. ...Read more

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In bed, turned head & got a burning sensation from outer ear to throat. Soapy taste in mouth. Itchy ear & burning feeling in throat. What is this?

In bed, turned head & got a burning sensation from outer ear to throat. Soapy taste in mouth. Itchy ear & burning feeling in throat. What is this?

Go to emergency room: If the symptoms are all on one side of your head/neck, ask them to evaluate you for a carotid dissection. It's an injury to a blood vessel in the neck that can cause the symptoms you describe. They'll do imaging of the blood vessels. If they find a carotid dissection, they'll start a medicine to thin your blood while the injury heals. If you have any questions, I'm available for a virtual consult. ...Read more

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I'm abroad & previously lost voice& stronger allergy meds helped. Now have sore throat, chest congestion, and itchy ear. Do I have allergies or a cold?

I'm abroad & previously lost voice& stronger allergy meds helped. Now have sore throat, chest congestion, and itchy ear. Do I have allergies or a cold?

? Both: Allergies can be superimposed by infections, especially viral infections, can give same symptoms as having colds, trust there are drug stores where you currently are, saline nasal washes, salt water gargles, plenty of fluids and rest as much as you can will definitely help, allergy meds with decongestants, unless hypertensive, taken regularly would help too, antibiotics later if those measures fail ...Read more

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Hi, 8weeks pregnant, hav had sore throat & nasty cough for 2 weeks which has got a bit better but now I've got really itchy ear and feels like leaking?

Hi, 8weeks pregnant, hav had sore throat & nasty cough for 2 weeks which has got a bit better but now I've got really itchy ear and feels like leaking?

Ear infection: You may have ear infection, so it is important for you to get checked up by your doc. If you don't have any infection and are recovering from your cold, just make sure to push fluids and stay hydrated. ...Read more

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I have a stuffy nose, sore throat, dry mouth and itchy ear canal. What could this be?

I have a stuffy nose, sore throat, dry mouth and itchy ear canal. What could this be?

Call doctor: Best to call doctor to have entire head checked, then appropriate treatment can be started to get you back to health. ...Read more

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My son is 15, he broke out on cheeks, underneath neck, ear lobe and back of next in very small bumps, itchy and hot to the touch.?

My son is 15, he broke out on cheeks, underneath neck, ear lobe and back of next in very small bumps, itchy and hot to the touch.?

? contact reaction: Sounds like he may be having a contact dermatitis. This is an irritant or allergic reaction to something put on the skin. Does he shave? Any new products on the face? Have him try a soothing lotion like aveeno (oatmeal) and some Hydrocortisone lotion. If the rash increases or swelling develops, have it checked by the doctor. ...Read more

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Dry rash behind ears and lobes face down to side of my neck just itchy no red bumps WBC was 11.92 could it be infection?

Dry rash behind ears and lobes face down to side of my neck just itchy no red bumps WBC was 11.92 could it be infection?

? ECZEMA: This appears to be eczema. Did you use a new soap, facial cream or lotion. If you did stop using it. Take oral benadryll. You can try an over the counter steroid cream--if not better see your doctor. ...Read more

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Sometimes I get itchy inside my ears, what causes this?

Sometimes I get itchy inside my ears, what causes this?

Itchy ears.: Could be wax, could be allergies, could be skin inflammation, a la eczema, could be too much use of Q-tips. ...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 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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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