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Is it safe to use hydrocortisone in the ear for inner ear itching?

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Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: Best not use Q-tips

Hydrocortisone is a medication with adverse consequences if not used appropriately.
Most people have ear itching from chronic q-tip use, effectively stripping the ear canal of lubricating properties of ear wax. I recommend olive oil or mineral oil to my patients and tell them to stop using q-tips. See your doctor or ENT for exam and recommendations.

In brief: Best not use Q-tips

Hydrocortisone is a medication with adverse consequences if not used appropriately.
Most people have ear itching from chronic q-tip use, effectively stripping the ear canal of lubricating properties of ear wax. I recommend olive oil or mineral oil to my patients and tell them to stop using q-tips. See your doctor or ENT for exam and recommendations.
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