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Doctor insights on: Itchy Swollen Ear Canal Symptoms

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Dr. Peri Suzan Gunay Dr. Gunay
Pediatrics
31 years in practice
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
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Ear canal swollen and same ear and eye on left side bumps all over and itchiness. Could there be something in ear or just allergic reaction.?

Ear canal swollen and same ear and eye on left side bumps all over and itchiness. Could there be something in ear or just allergic reaction.?

Allergic reaction: The itchy bumps imply an allergic reaction and should respond to some over the counter cortisone cream, but swelling of the ear canal usually means an outer ear infection (such as "swimmer's ear") and usually ear drops would be prescribed. Occasionally white vinegar or hydrogen peroxide can be used for mild swimmer's ear.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Very sore throat that feels "itchy" (best word I can think to describe the scratchy pain). Same feeling deep in ear canal. Swollen glands under chin.

Very sore throat that feels "itchy" (best word I can think to describe the scratchy pain). Same feeling deep in ear canal. Swollen glands under chin.

Please get a strep: Throat culture/ test. Antibiotics are imperative for strep throat. Try saltwater gargles. Mix tsp of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle w this several times/day. You can gargle w aloe vera juice a couple of times per day. A mix of chamomile tea w honey ; a small amt of lemon juice helps.

Dr. Louis Gallia Dr. Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
41 years in practice
University of Washington School of Medicine
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Dr. M. Hytham Beck Dr. Beck
Surgery
39 years in practice
University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine
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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

Dr. James Burns Dr. Burns
Emergency Medicine
33 years in practice
Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
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I have slight redness in ear canal, itchy in ear canal, slight dulled earing, slight pain in canal, blocks up with fluid when I wake up in the morning?

I have slight redness in ear canal, itchy in ear canal, slight dulled earing, slight pain in canal, blocks up with fluid when I wake up in the morning?

You have: Just described eustachian tube dysfunction fairly well. If otc antihistamines and decongestants, and smoking cessation don't improve your symptoms within a few days consult your doctor. Don't put anything in your ear canal unless instructed by your doctor.

Dr. Parag Parikh Dr. Parikh
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
18 years in practice
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I have really itchy outer ear canal?

I have really itchy outer ear canal?

Itchy ears,: Commonest is from dry canal skin, like dandruff, either from lack of wax, psoriasis, shampoo settling and drying in your canal, avoiding Q tips, not letting in soap or shampoo, cover the ears when having your hair done, and, seek help, in way of ear drops,

Dr. Babak Larian Dr. Larian
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
21 years in practice
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
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Dr. David Krulak Dr. Krulak
Family Medicine
19 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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What does it mean when ear canal is itchy and ear wax smells?

What does it mean when ear canal is itchy and ear wax smells?

Ear canal: The above symptoms may indicate an infection of the exteral auditory canal. This is best definitively diagnosed by a doctor examining the ear, and is treated with antibiotic ear drops.

Dr. Michael Fisher Dr. Fisher
Dermatology
28 years in practice
Morehouse School of Medicine
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My two ears feel very itchy deep inside the ear canal, which I could also feel by the side of my neck. What is going on?

My two ears feel very itchy deep inside the ear canal, which I could also feel by the side of my neck. What is going on?

Itchy Ears: You have a skin condition called seborrheic dermatitis. Treatment can be with Elidel (pimecrolimus) cream or a mild topical steroid like desonide cream used twice a day for two weeks then rest one week and use again if needed.

Dr. Louis Gallia Dr. Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
41 years in practice
University of Washington School of Medicine
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Recently my right ear canal has been really itchy. I also have TMJ on that same side. Is there a connection? If so, what type of remedy do you suggest

Recently my right ear canal has been really itchy. I also have TMJ on that same side. Is there a connection? If so, what type of remedy do you suggest

External otitis: Itching of the ear strongly suggests external otitis or "swimmers ear". Keep your ear dry. No q-tips. Use ear drops devised for this problem from a pharmacy.

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Dr. Edward Burney Dr. Burney
Ophthalmology
39 years in practice
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
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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?

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.

Dr. Bernard Seif Dr. Seif
Clinical Psychology
36 years in practice
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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Just got hearing aids. They sit behind ear with speaker in ear canal. The seem to make my itchy ears itchier. What can I do?

Just got hearing aids. They sit behind ear with speaker in ear canal. The seem to make my itchy ears itchier. What can I do?

Shea butter is: A natural product that can be applied lightly to the skin to reduce itching and dryness. The new hearing aids are calling more mental attention to your ears. Your brain will habituate to this quickly the way we don't think about a watch or ring we may wear. Peace and good health.

Dr. William Culviner Dr. Culviner
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
26 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Itchy tender ear canal. Hydrogen peroxide burns it. Have this problem often, but worse this time. Never use cotton swabs or swim. How do I fix this?

Itchy tender ear canal. Hydrogen peroxide burns it. Have this problem often, but worse this time. Never use cotton swabs or swim. How do I fix this?

Otitis externa: It could be infected and may need antibiotic ear drops. In many cases, chronic otitis externa is an eczematous condition that responds to other ear drops that can be prescribed. See ENT.

Dr. John Chiu Dr. Chiu
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
53 years in practice
University of Vermont College of Medicine
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What can I do about a crusty, itchy rash (?) in my ear canal? I read somewhere that the bacteria inside the ear is different than outside on your body.

What can I do about a crusty, itchy rash (?) in my ear canal? I read somewhere that the bacteria inside the ear is different than outside on your body.

Dry skin: Like the rest of the body surface, the skin in the ear canals can get dry, crusty and intensely itchy. I often recommend putting a drop of vegetable oil into the canals about 2x/wk to moisturize the skin. I agree that an infection may also be possible but it would not respond to the application of oil in the ear canals.

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi Dr. Saghafi
Neurology
29 years in practice
Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine
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I had my ear irrigated, then the ear canal became itchy, then I got a middle ear infection, now the infection has gone its itchy again? What will help

I had my ear irrigated, then the ear canal became itchy, then I got a middle ear infection, now the infection has gone its itchy again? What will help

Tincture of time: And try not to submit to scratching the itch too much. This is likely self limited. Ask your doctor if there is some type of moisturizing or anti-itch cream you could put on (very small amounts) but I would not recommend applying it with anything like a q-tip or anything. Remember, nothing should go in your ear except your elbow! Lol! Hear! Hear!

Dr. David Kam Dr. Kam
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
32 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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Dr. Natalie Sieb Dr. Sieb
Family Medicine
10 years in practice
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Sore and itchy throat, one of my inner ear canal hurting and itching, sneezing, coughing, and watery eyes.

Sore and itchy throat, one of my inner ear canal hurting and itching, sneezing, coughing, and watery eyes.

Allergies vs Cold: It sounds like you could have one of two things going on- a cold or allergies. Your symptoms are consistent with seasonal allergies, hitting you all at once, which is no fun. You might try an over the counter med like claritin, (loratadine) zyrtec, or Allegra to see if this helps. You may also need prescription medications to help control your symptoms. If it continues past 1-2 weeks, see your doctor.

Dr. Joel Doyon Dr. Doyon
Dentistry - Cosmetic
32 years in practice
Georgetown University School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Coyle Connolly Dr. Connolly
Dermatology
25 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
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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.

Dr. William Lewis Dr. Lewis
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
47 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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Constantly itchy ear canals. Now gone, but it still really itches and also everytime I chew gum my ear canals itch like crazy! Any ideas as to why!?

Constantly itchy ear canals. Now gone, but it still really itches and also everytime I chew gum my ear canals itch like crazy! Any ideas as to why!?

Eczema: Could be due to wax in the ear canal or eczema of the ear canals with dry skin. Best to see your otolaryngologist for an exam and appropriate treatment.