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I can't sleep because my ear itches! Could this be related to stress?

I can't sleep because my ear itches! Could this be related to stress?

Unlikley: You can try some mineral oil in the ear before you sleep (assuming there is no hole in the ear drum). There is also a nice prescription medication for itchy ears called dermotic oil. Your primary care could prescribe or your local ent. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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Stressful day. On left side neck, ear, scalp have intense itching. Arms & calves itch. Nothing visible. Could anxiety/stress cause this?

Stressful day. On left side neck, ear, scalp have intense itching. Arms & calves itch. Nothing visible. Could anxiety/stress cause this?

Itch with no rash: Yes, you can have severe itching from stress. However, you also need to rule out other medical problems. You should see a dermatologist to help calm down the itchng, look for other causes and rule out other diseases. Certain diseases such as kidney and liver problems can cause itching with no rash. Also, lymphoma can make you itch and not have a rah. These are a few things that need to be ruled out. ...Read more

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My ear itches, what to do?

My ear itches, what to do?

Many possibilities: There are many types and causes of skin rashes. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause rashes on the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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What does it mean when inside your ear always itches?

What does it mean when inside your ear always itches?

Many possibilities: There are many types and causes of skin rashes. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause rashes on the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when your inner ear itches?

What exactly does it mean when your inner ear itches?

Probably infection: Probably means an infection of some sort, possibly of your ear, but also possibly an early sore throat. Try sipping very hot water or thin hot tea and take some vit c. If that doesn't work see your physician. ...Read more

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My ear itches so much. Is this normal? Is it okay to scratch it?

My ear itches so much. Is this normal? Is it okay to scratch it?

Dry skin: This could be related to eczema of the outer ear. Dry itchy skin of the ear canal is pretty common. There is a prescription ear drop called dermotic ear drops that can be pretty effective. Do not scrtach the ear canal. The skin is a natural barrier to infection. Scratching can lead to an outer ear infection. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my ear itches deep inside and out of reach?

What does it mean if my ear itches deep inside and out of reach?

Skin or foreign body: This may be from a skin condition such as eczema, or fungus in the ear. It may be ear wax that is irritating the ear canal. It may be something that is caught in the ear such as a bug or piece of something that is deep in the ear canal. An examination by medical personnel may tell which it is. ...Read more

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Please explain why does my ear itch deep inside and out of reach?

Please explain why does my ear itch deep inside and out of reach?

Many possibilities: There are many types and causes of skin rashes. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause rashes on the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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What does it mean when yout ear makes a cracklinh sound and itches?

What does it mean when yout ear makes a cracklinh sound and itches?

Ear issues: Might mean fluid behind the ears and probably indicates an allergy since that causes fluid behind the ear drums and itchy ears. Consider seeing an allergist for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What are possible reasons that my ears itches and turns red when I wear earrings?

What are possible reasons that my ears itches and turns red when I wear earrings?

A few possibilities: You may be allergic to the material of the ear rings. Do all ear rings cause the same trouble. Or just certain ear rings? Other possibility is that you may have developed mild chronic infection at the piercing sites. I believe it would be worthwhile to make a trip to a dermatologist. ...Read more

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I'm worried because my ears (inside) itches, what do you suggest?

I'm worried because my ears (inside) itches, what do you suggest?

Cerumen impaction: Most common cause is ear wax build up you would likely benefit from a cleaning called an ear lavage which can be performed by your family doctor if not and ENT specialist can use a suction apparatus. ...Read more

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What does it mean if the inside of my ear itches?

Dermatitis: You can get a dermatitis in your inner ear canal just as easy as on another part of your body. Certainly, these types of irriations can be more annoying, becasue they are hard to get to. Certainly do not try to itch your ear with a q-tip or bobby pin, etc. See a dr. And there are some good ear drops which can help you. Best wishes. ...Read more

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For about a month now, every so often I wake up and the inside of my ear itches/hurts. What cause this?

For about a month now, every so often I wake up and the inside of my ear itches/hurts. What cause this?

Infection or rash: You might have an inner ear infection or eczema or contact dermatitis. You need to see a doctor for proper evaluation and exam. An infection may be serious and needs to be treated. ...Read more

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Ear itches but 4 weeks I had an ear drop called kencomb ... can I have it again because it had worked ?

Ear itches but 4 weeks I had an ear drop called kencomb ... can I have it again because it had worked ?

Yes, however...: I think you mean you were prescribed kenacomb 4 weeks ago which worked?Hopefully you have not been using them constantly for 4 weeks. You could get a prescription, however, in many cases this will settle with Vosol drops (acetic acid) which you can buy without a prescription. 4 x daily for 1 week. It is important to keep your ear(s) dry [cotton wool for shower + hair dryer after, no swimming] ...Read more

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My right ear itches like crazy, almost feels as though something is crawling around under my skin. What is causing this please help me.

My right ear itches like crazy, almost feels as though something is crawling around under my skin. What is causing this please help me.

EAR ITCH: IS THIS ITCHING INSIDE THE EAR OR OUTSIDE ON YOUR EAR?
I CANNOT TEL WITHOUT LOOKING AND SEEING.
MANY YEARS AGO I MADE A HOUSE CALL ON A WOMAN WITH SEVERE ITCHING IN -- IN -- THE EAR.
I LOOKED IN HER EAR WITH MY OTOSCOPE AND I FOUND A MOTH TRYING TO CRAWL OUT.
COULD ANYTHING, ANY INSECT HAVE FLOWN IN OR CRAWLED INTO YOUR EAR?
GO TO AN URGENT CARE CENTER, OR YOUR PCP, AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. ...Read more

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Root of helix on ear itches from time to time nd when pressed on/itched a liquid comes out. Has been happenin since I was little. What is this?

Root of helix on ear itches from time to time nd when pressed on/itched a liquid comes out.  Has been happenin since I was little. What is this?

Cyst: Sounds like a developmental cyst of some type. You will likely need a simple surgical procedure likely as an outpatient. See an otolaryngologist or ear, nose, and throat surgeon. ...Read more

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I have a patch with minor bumps between my jawline and ear, it sometimes itches like mad and not, it some times look clearer and some times darker?

I have a patch with minor bumps between my jawline and ear, it sometimes itches like mad and not, it some times look clearer and some times darker?

Contact dermatitis: Your symptoms suggest contact dermatitis. Have you recently applied a new skin or shaving product? If that is the case, a short course (5-7 days, and as directed on the package) of over the counter steroid preparation should help. ...Read more

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I have a red mole behind my ear that sticks up and itches should i be concerned?

I have a red mole behind my ear that sticks up and itches should i be concerned?

See a dermatologist: If you have moles, you should examine your body once a month. Moles with irregular edges are always cause for concern. See your dermatologist for consultation. ...Read more

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Yellow liquid coming out of left ear, itches a little, no pain?

Yellow liquid coming out of left ear, itches a little, no pain?

Can't say for sure.: Please get checked. You may have a perforated ear drum and an infection, which could require antibiotics. The only way to tell is by looking at it. We can't tell by a written description. ...Read more

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I'm worried because my ear itches so bad that I'm bout to cry, and also my throats itches to, what do you suggest?

I'm worried because my ear itches so bad that I'm bout to cry, and also my throats itches to, what do you suggest?

Itchy throat: Ear itch could be drying ears, need moisteur lotion, could be too much wax & needs irrigation...itchy throat could be post nasal draining from allergies like ragweed pollen. ...Read more

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Good evening. I have a small white bump inside my ear. It huets when touched and itches at times. Should i be worried?

Good evening. I have a small white bump inside my ear. It huets when touched and itches at times. Should i be worried?

Otitis externa: It could be "swimmer's ear". That tiny little bump can cause pain that is out of proportion to it's appearance or severity but this usually doesn't progress. You can get OTC acetic acid ear drops. Sometimes antibiotic drops are required so see your doctor if it gets bad. ...Read more

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My ear is driving me nuts! It itches way down deep and has been for 3 days. People say allergies but those aren't bothering me. What's the deal?

My ear is driving me nuts! It itches way down deep and has been for 3 days. People say allergies but those aren't bothering me. What's the deal?

Ear itch: Ask a doctor to look in your ear first of all to make sure there is nothing in there. It could still be allergies since itchy ears is another part of allergic rhinitis. ...Read more

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My ear lobe itches and its really dry it's been going on for about two months. Petroleum jelly makes it itch less and semi heals but doesn't go away.?

My ear lobe itches and its really dry it's been going on for about two months. Petroleum jelly makes it itch less and semi heals but doesn't go away.?

Needs evaluation: Depending on the cause, different treatments might work. For eczema, hydrocortisone or stronger steroids may help. For a fungal infection there are specific antifungal treatments. Sometimes a better skin moisturizer is all it takes. Ask your doctor for help. ...Read more

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I'm worried because my inner throat and ear itches, what do you suggest?

I'm worried because my inner throat and ear itches, what do you suggest?

See your doctor: You may be infected or having allergies. Your doctor can diagnose and treat the problem appropriately. ...Read more

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I've tried hydrocortisone ointment for my ears, but my ears still itches. What can I do?

I've tried hydrocortisone ointment for my ears, but my ears still itches. What can I do?

Vinegar/peroxide: Mix white vinegar and peroxide equal parts and use a bit to clean the ears. The white vinegar is a natural antibiotic and anti fungal. Avoid q-tips! If the symptoms persist, see your ENT for evaluation. You could have a chronic infection which is easy to treat, but may require prescription medications. Best wishes. ...Read more

Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Itch (Definition)

An itch is an irritating sensation that causes one to have the urge ...Read more