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Ear Itching

Posted by Mark Hagood, M.D. on

Ear itching is a tickling, irritating sensation accompanied by the persistent need to scratch your ear.  Redness, swelling, soreness, flaking and scarring may occur in the area of itchiness.  The medical term for itchiness is pruritus.  Although scratching may temporarily relieve your symptoms, it can cause more irritation or lead to an infection.  With most cases or itching, it is best to refrain from scratching and leave the area alone to heal.

Inner ear itching can be caused by dirt, infection, water and even earwax.  The itching can usually be treated at home, but when it is accompanied by pain and the symptoms are persistent, medical attention is necessary to rule out something more serious.  Some infectious agents, like bacteria and yeast, can cause inner ear itching, which may require medication if it doesn’t heal on its own.

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