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Just yesterday the outer edge if my ear started burning, and itchy and it is red and a little warm. The inside of my ear feels fine. What could it be?

Just yesterday the outer edge if my ear started burning, and itchy and it is red and a little warm. The inside of my ear feels fine. What could it be?

Perichondritis: You may have an infection of the skin or covering of the cartilage of the ear which is the structure that gives the ear its shape. It may be cellulitus beginning you should have it checked. ...Read more

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Treating Jock Itch (Checklist)

Treat affected areas with a topical antifungal cream
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See a dermatologist for resistant or widespread cases
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I have seborrheic dermatitis on my scalp & ears. I've also been having issues with dry, flaky, peeling, itchy, irritated, sometimes red and burning skin in butt crack.

I have seborrheic dermatitis on my scalp & ears. I've also been having issues with dry, flaky, peeling, itchy, irritated, sometimes red and burning skin in butt crack.

Seb derm areas: Seborrheic dermatitis can affect the scalp, face, chest, back, underarms, groin and lower abdomen, and the fold between the buttocks. Psoriasis can do the same thing. In mild cases of both treatments are similar. Care must be taken not to use steroid creams in body folds for prolonged periods of time as they can thin the skin and cause other damage. ...Read more

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I have a burning, itchy red rash behind ears. Should i be concerned?

I have a burning, itchy red rash behind ears. Should i be concerned?

Seborrhea: Usually seborrheic dermatitis, which is also the cause of dandruff. You can use Hydrocortisone 1% cream on it three times a day. Be seen if not better. ...Read more

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Treating Swimmer's Ear (Checklist)

Keep water out of ears (use earplugs or shower cap when showering)
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Use eardrops as directed
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Use Tylenol or warm compresses to minimize pain
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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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Ear gets itchy and redness. Researched and found that DermOtic ear drops is the best bet. Would you recommend it and can write a presction as it looks like prescription only?

Ear gets itchy and redness. Researched and found that DermOtic ear drops is the best bet. Would you recommend it and can write a presction as it looks like prescription only?

HealthTap Prime: That med may be helpful. The feature you would need online is the HealthTap Prime where you can get a virtual video consult, and possibly that Rx would be ordered for you. that is a service that requires a fee from you to HealthTap. Or you could see your Dr. in their office for an exam and the Rx. Good luck. ...Read more

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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
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Ask doc if TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint) is causing ear pain
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Know that middle ear fluid isn't necessarily infection
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Look for ear pain and ear drainage -- both signs of infection
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What can I apply to my itchy, burning hairline, forehead, and behind my ears? My sweat irritates me.

What can I apply to my itchy, burning hairline, forehead, and behind my ears? My sweat irritates me.

See Derm: First you need to find out what may be causing it (contact dermatitis) although I suspect that one or more of your hair products may have something to do with it. If changing products does not help, see Dermatologist. In the meanwhile, apply topical hydrocortisone. ...Read more

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