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Dr. Louis Gallia
Board Certified, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
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My outer ear itched really badly, and then I scratched it and it scabbed. A small sore is left, healing. Can it be eczema? Bug bite? Difference?

Dr. Louis Gallia
Board Certified, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
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My outer ear itched really badly, and then I scratched it and it scabbed. A small sore is left, healing. Can it be eczema? Bug bite? Difference?

Healing: Likely still healing. Give it time. See MD if persists beyond another 10 days. ...Read more

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Itch (Definition)

Itch is also known as Itching. Itches are a clinical finding in which a person's skin has a sensation of non-painful irritation ...Read more


Dr. Sharon Ann Clark
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
36 years in practice
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If you can get shingles in ear what dose it feel or look like swelling an itching as maybe water is under skin when you touch the swelling thats how it feels on the outer ear?

Dr. Sharon Ann Clark
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
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If you can get shingles in ear what dose it feel or look like swelling an itching as maybe water is under skin when you touch the swelling thats how it feels on the outer ear?

Shingles has pain: Shingles usually is associated with severe pain. The swelling and itching sounds more like an inflammation. It would be a good idea to see a physician. It is possible that it needs to be drained or treated with a steroid cream or with an antibiotic topically or orally or otic drops into the ear. This problem needs to be evaluated so that it does not get more serious. ...Read more

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Dr. Keshab Paudel
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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Rash on top of outer ear and behind. - redness -swelling -warm to touch -burning -itching -pain -small bumps large knot slightly under lobe?

Dr. Keshab Paudel
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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Rash on top of outer ear and behind. - redness -swelling -warm to touch -burning -itching -pain  -small bumps large knot slightly under lobe?

Cellulitis: This could be an infection, possibly cellulitis or abscess. It's prudent to see a doctor asap. ...Read more

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Dr. Deepti Saxena
Board Certified, Holistic Medicine
21 years in practice
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My right ear itches on the outer cartilage and is red and warm to the touch. It has been like this for 2 weeks now.

Dr. Deepti Saxena
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My right ear itches on the outer cartilage and is red and warm to the touch. It has been like this for 2 weeks now.

Allergy: Please get it checked by a physician to rule out allergies. ...Read more

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Dr. Vicken Poochikian
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Dr. Patrick Melder
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
22 years in practice
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My ear itches so much. Is this normal? Is it okay to scratch it?

Dr. Patrick Melder
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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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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Dr. Payam Rafat
Board Certified, Podiatry
17 years in practice
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Please explain why does my ear itches deep inside and out of reach?

Dr. Payam Rafat
Board Certified, Podiatry
17 years in practice
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Please explain why does my ear itches 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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Dr. Payam Rafat
Board Certified, Podiatry
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My ear itches, what to do?

Dr. Payam Rafat
Board Certified, Podiatry
17 years in practice
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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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Dr. Payam Rafat
Board Certified, Podiatry
17 years in practice
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What does it mean when inside your ear always itches?

Dr. Payam Rafat
Board Certified, Podiatry
17 years in practice
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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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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
12 years in practice
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What does it mean when yout ear makes a cracklinh sound and itches?

Dr. Jack Mutnick
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
12 years in practice
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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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Dr. Richard Davidson
Board Certified, Periodontics
46 years in practice
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What exactly does it mean when your inner ear itches?

Dr. Richard Davidson
Board Certified, Periodontics
46 years in practice
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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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