Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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What's Causing My Ears to Itch?

Friday, 14 Sep 2012 03:07 PM


Question: I have extreme itchiness on the inside of my ears to the point where I scratch them raw if I’m not careful. What could be causing this and is there a treatment?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
Inflammation and itching of the external ear canal can be a horribly persistent and troublesome condition. It is often associated with waterlogged ears and frequently occurs in swimmers. Wet ears are prone to fungal and bacterial infections that can cause a troublesome itch.
Your doctor will be able to inspect the ear canal and advise whether you require an antibiotic or antifungal medication. Allergies can also cause itchy ears. In addition, common skin conditions such as eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, and psoriasis can affect the ear canals. Severe eczema or seborrheic dermatitis of the ear canals may require use of steroid cream or drop to relieve the itching and irritation.
The condition can usually be kept in check simply by keeping the ears dry and treating any infection promptly.
Visit your doctor and have your external ear canal examined to determine the exact cause of your problem.

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