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White Flaky Ear Wax
Ear wax in the ear canal is a mixture of secretions from oil and sweat glands in the canal's skin. Shedded skin cells are also a major ingredient of ear wax. There are two genetically determined types of ear wax: the wet type and the dry type. While Asians and Native Americans are more likely to have the dry type (crumbly, flaky), Africans and Europeans are more likely to have the ...Read more
Skin and wax gland: Cerumen or ear wax is a product of sloughed off dead skin and the compound produced by your cerumen glands in your outer ear canal. The consistency can range from moist to dry and flaky. It depends on the relative oil content of the cerumen gland product and amount of sloughed off skin. ...Read more
It can: In general I am not a fan of home remedies to remove wax. In almost all cases your trying to remove wax will make your ears worse. If your ears are clogged and your hearing impaired you can try irrigating with murine. If they get worse you need to see an ENT to get them cleared out with suction. ...Read more
Have scalp dermatitis in ear; outer ear canal transient numbness/"sensations"1-2 x/day/1-2 minTreatment?
Ear dermatitis /numb: Is it just dermatitis (eczema) or psoriasis? and though not the usual rash make sure with numbness it is not lyme disease. Sometimes get scalp dermatitis from food allergies , so may do elimination diet off dairy x 14 days then off gluten x 14 and see if a difference. Would follow up with dermatologist ...Read more
Does this sound like impacted ear wax-ringing&'bubbling' fluid sound in ears, reduced hearing, brown discharge; habit of sticking cotton buds down deep?
Yes it does: But other more serious conditions such as infection is likely. You should go see a doctor to make sure that this just is simple cerumen impaction. ...Read more
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
Seborrheic dermatiti: Dry flaky skin behind the ears is more likely due to seborrheic dermatitis, a condition that is cause by excessive colonization of a common yeast called pityrosporum ovale (or malassesia furfur). Treatment typically involves reduced colonization, such as the use of head and shoulder, Nizoral (ketoconazole) or selsun blue shampoos. Lather and leave in for 5min then wash off. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See an ENT: The best treatment for swimmer's ear, before any medications, is a professional cleaning to remove the infected wax. For prevention, an acidified alcohol solution may be used after swimming. A bloody ear could be a perforation. See a specialist first. Do not use any home remedies if you may have a perforation. ...Read more
Use moisturizer: Despite using it there is flaking and dry skin; you can try OTC cortisone cream for a week after taking shower daily. Do you war Glasses? or that part of skin comes in contact with something regularly? May be you have what is called Contact Dermatitis. OTC cortisone helps and avoiding allergic agent would also eli. ...Read more
I get this white, flakey crumbly stuff on my ears and around & just inside the opening to the ear canal. Clobetasol helps. Seborrheic dermatitis?
Probably: It probably is seborrheic dermatitis especially if you get flaking on the sides of your nose your eyebrows and your scalp or chest areas. However clobetasol is too strong for that area. Have it checked out by a dermatologist to determine the best and safest treatment plan. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
possibly have Seborrheic, red raised skin blotchy patches & white scale or dandruff flaking in eye brows face ears. looking for natural cures?
Scrub: Suggest you wash face with ivory soap and abrade skin gently with a facial scrub pad. ...Read more
Vernix: This is the creamy film that babies have all over their bodies during fetal life. It's protective - made of skin oil and sloughed off skin cells. This looks like a thick, white, cheesy substance and is completely normal. Carefully take a wet (not soaking), warm washcloth to wipe it off. ...Read more