I get this terrible itching
and tickling going on inside my ear, mostly in my right ear and every now and then in the
other ear as well. It just drives me nuts. I know I should just go see my Dr., but I thought
I'd ask here first. It doesn't appear that I have wax in my ear, although, it could be way
inside. I did try putting some hydrogen peroxide, but that didn't do anything, nothing came
Debbie52 from IL
I had something similar, I swore there was a bug in my ear, but the Dr. said it was an
infection. I hate the feeling of wetness in my ears after a shower and washing my hair so used
swabs to dry them, a no-no. That caused my infection. Now I use a a liquid dryer made
especially for ears. (04/26/2006)
I had that, and sometimes with just a little clear watery discharge when sleeping. The Dr.
diagnosed my problem as eczema, probably allergy induced. I was prescribed an anti-
inflammatory and anti-itch ointment that I apply as needed,which is only once or twice a week for
An Audiologist once told me that if a person uses Q-tip swabs all the time to clean his ears
(the wax was meant to lubricate the ear canal) and removes all the wax, the canal will dry out
and cause terrible itching. Then, they'll keep using the Q-tips to scratch the ear canal,
which might cause an irritation. The Q-tips will also compact the wax at the end of the canal
against the ear drum. Infection is usually in the inner ear, not the canal, although you can
get "swimmer's ear" which is a fungal problem in the canal. Peroxide will soften wax in the
canal. You'll know if some is there cause it will fizz a lot.
If you continue to have problems, I'd say to see a doctor, but most have few audiology
classes. Do you have a college near-by that has a Speech-Language pathology department? If so,
make an appointment to see their Audiologist. The cost at these schools is minimal since
they're teaching schools. If you need a referral or medication, they can usually take care of
that cheap too. (04/27/2006)
Allergies will cause ears to itch. See your doctor. (04/27/2006)
I had the same problem. Went to the Dr. and I had a single strand of hair sitting on my ear
drum. He took it right out and it was instant relief. (04/29/2006)
By Kim H.
Several years ago, I complained to my doctor about the itchy ear. He said I probably have
swimmer's ear and suggested two things. The first thing was to use a blue syringe (the ones
the hospital gives you to clean out baby's noses after delivering a baby) and fill it with
warm water and spray the water in your ears. I spray each ear twice at the end of my shower.
The second thing is to put rubbing alcohol (75% strength) in my ear to dry up the water or any
liquid in my ear.
I have been doing this for many years regularly, and I have had a minimal number of
problems. I realize that if you have allergies, this idea won't help. But for those who have
swimmer's ear, it will help. (05/23/2006)
My doctor said that pain or itching in ears is sometimes caused by teeth problems. See a
I have lots of allergies and also get a terrible itch inside my ears, on my palate, and behind
my nose. It's definitely allergies in my case, usually caused by stress, exposure to
cats/dogs, and using a Q-tip to clean out the wax. I have found that gargling with Listerine,
full strength (any flavor), a few times a day really helps. Sometimes the relief is instant.
The alcohol must do something to the mucous membranes. (11/07/2006)
I've always found relief for itchy ears by using one or the other of the following OTC stuff:
1% hydrocortisone cream; tea tree oil (fights fungus but smells bad!);
jojoba oil (a good, natural moisturizer); and a concoction I got off the Internet that
combines hydrocortisone, aloe vera and tea tree oil. I think it's called Ear Itch Relief cream
from medpure.com. (02/19/2007)
I've suffered with itchy ears almost all my life, (since 8). I've been to ENT thinking it was
an allergy. He prescribed a medication that helped, but no real relief. Later I had my primary
care doc give me an allergen test. I tested negative. What a shocker, I'm not allergic to
This year I went to the dermatologist for the severe dandruff problem that I've suffered
with. To make a long story short. The itching in my ears is caused by ear dandruff. (Sounds
crazy I know.) My ears are extremely dry inside and to my surprise, your ears can develop
dandruff just like my scalp. The Dermatologist gave me samples for an ear drop called DermOtic
Oil, it works. It stops the itch almost instantly. I go back on Thursday 10/18/2007, I will
ask for a prescription. If interested, here's the web site for the product hillderm.com (10/16/2007)
I suffer from itchy right ear ans some times in the left ear. Whatever happens you mustn't use
a cotton bud, the wax in your ear is a good thing, when it builds up it actuality stops the
itchiness. If you take out th wax your ear becomes dry and the itchiness will get worse. Let
the wax build up and your itchy will reduce. (01/17/2008)
By Terry T.
I went to a new dermatologist for the itchy ear problem. I've used Dermotic drops for the past
year, and some other ointment prior to that. The new dermatologist suggested using a dandruff
shampoo on a Q-tip and putting that in the ear canal every couple of days. I have to say
within a couple of days I had a lot of relief. My right ear has been fine and my left ear only
needs the Dermotic oil once in awhile. He did warn that too much use of the Dermotic or other
ointments could thin the membranes in the ear.
He gave me a sample of Loprox shampoo (a prescription), but said that Head and Shoulders or
any other dandruff shampoo may work as well. So far so good. This is the most relief I have
had in probably eight years. Hope this can help someone. My first dermatologist never
mentioned any of this to me. (01/19/2008)
I was having the itching ear as well as sinus infections quite frequently. Was referred to a
product from Now Foods called Candida Clear. Not expensive, one or two capsules a day has made
a world of difference in both problems. (06/11/2008)
I am so glad I into this website. I live in Denver and has always been healthy. I'm 36. About
a year ago I started having this ear itch. I went to my regular Dr. who told me it was eczema
and he gave me triamcinolone acetonide. It did not cure my problem. I went to a ENT Dr. he was
no help. He said to try vinegar or baby oil. The only way I get relief is to use hydocortison
2.5 lotion mixed with baby oil. (09/03/2008)
By looking at all the feedback, its seems like this is problem for a lot of
people. I have always had problems with my left ear growing up. I was constantly having ear
aches and had my eardrum rupture a couple of times. Now I am 29 and went to an ENT because of
mild hearing loss and a mild itching sensation. It turns out there was accumulation of fluid
in my inner ear. (This could be a possible reason why some of you have the same itching
sensation). What the ENT conducted to relieve my problems was the Politzer Manuever, pretty
much popping your ears. Doing this every morning helped with the itchiness in my ears and
could help many of you. If you do have problems popping your own ears, there a device out
there called the Earpopper. (09/09/2008)
I use Similisan earache relief drops when my ears itch inside like crazy. It really gives me
relief from the itching. relief.cfm">similasanusa.com (10/12/2008)
You probably have a fungal infection, it's like athlete's foot of the ear. You can go to CVS
and get over the counter anti-fungal drops active ingredient 1% Clotrimazole and put 4 drops
in your itchy ear each day. It may get warm in your ear, this is OK. Fungal infections take a
long time to heal but be patient. Hope this helps you out. (10/23/2008)
I have had numerous ear problems my whole life with chronic ear infections being the root
cause of my problem. Ear and fungal infections can both cause itchiness in the ear. It is
important that you see an ENT to diagnose what you have because treatment is different for ear
infections and fungal infections. Ciprodex can help if you have an ear infection. However, I
had used Ciprodex on a fungal infection and it made my ear very wet and itchy and much worse.
It was eventually cured with a violet (purple-ish) liquid that an ENT can put in your ear with
a special swab. It requires about 3-4 applications. I suggest you speak to your ENT about
this. It is important to know what you have before treating it. (11/05/2008)
I have just gone to an ENT for that specific problem. He said it is dryness and to "not" use
peroxide, as it is drying. Use a drop or two of sweet oil or olive oil. It works. Do not
use cotton buds or anything in the ear as you can experience an injury very easily. I know.
I've been using Elocon cream once a week for 20 years now. Works like a charm. (02/04/2009)
I've been suffering from itchy ears for 2 years now. It is worse at night time and once in a
while I have clear discharges. The medications that the doctors prescribed did not work. I am
tired of being awake. I use Q-tips in the morning and at bedtime to scratch my itchy ears
daily. I've been using ear plugs when I take shower and my ears still itches. Then just the
other day, I finally decided to mix 2 tbsp warm vinegar and 2 tbsp isoprophyl alcohol and
pour 10 drops to my ears. My ears felt funny for 12 hrs (imagine the fluid in your ears) then
after 12 hrs my ears got better and haven't touched anymore Q-tips. No more itchy ears for me.
I've had the same problems discussed here for about 15 months--itching and irritation of my
left ear. After an MRI, a hearing test, two different ear, nose and throat specialists and a
dermatologist couldn't figure it out to my satisfaction, I finally decided to go to Johns
Hopkins University to see another ENT. He looked in my ears, told me my troublesome ear had
no wax in it, so it had no protections to fight off bacteria, bugs, itching, etc. and that
earwax was not a waste product to be removed or messed with via fingers, oils, Q-tips, creams,
ointments, etc. He said nothing should go in your ear, even water, for 8 weeks til the wax
re-forms. I'm working on week 3 and it occasionally itches bad, but I'm confident this will
finally work. Hope this helps. (04/27/2009)
My elderly mom uses "Miracell Calm Ear" and so I tried it, and it works great. buymiracell.com (06/12/2009)
I have had this itchy ear problem for almost a year. With allergy season here it it has been
worse than ever. My doctor tells me to take Claritin as it is all related to sinus issues.
That doesn't help this incessant itch that is waking me up at night.
Here is what I have found to help. Mix half Lotrimin cream with half over the counter
hydrocortisone cream and using a Q-tip gently deposit the mixture into the car canal 3-4 times
a day. So far this is the only thing that given me any relief.
Why can't doctors come up with something to rid us of this annoying problem? (09/11/2009)
I suffered with this kind of thing for years. I would have allergies that started with itchy
ear drums and inner ears. I tried Zyrtec and would keep symptoms down with Benadryl.
But eventually I discovered that my body had changed, and the problem was that I wasn't
getting enough water. I've been fine for a year now; as long as I stay hydrated (Drink even
when I'm not really thirsty) the problems are gone. If I go to bed without a drink though,
you can be sure I'll wake up in the night. (09/12/2009)
I also suffer from itchy canals. I just wanted to add that my ears don't develop much wax
since I went through a full course of Acutane for acne. At first my ears itched, so I lubed
them with Vaseline. Then a physician or pharmacist told me it will trap bacteria, so he
recommended Bacitracin ointment USP. RX told me that bacteria will not grow in that
environment. Used it for 20 plus years.
Somehow I picked up the itch and I wore ear plugs for work everyday and rotated out the
dirty plugs. If its fungal, I will find out soon. I've been using benadryl cream and
benadryl tablets because I have some food dye allergies.
One more thing. I found out my ear ringing was from an irritated eliocecal [sp] valve that
connects large and small intestine. I gave up the frito lay chips and in two weeks my ears
stopped ringing. The E valve remains open for too long and will cause the ears to ring. It
can be massaged with hand pressure lower right below the belly button but don't use a lot of
pressure or you could tear the facia lining under your skin. Coffee and other roughage can
cause it too.
Good luck. (09/24/2009)
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