Having an itch in your ear can be very annoying. Knowing the cause can help in finding a remedy. This is a guide about causes for ear itching.
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What's wrong with me if my ears itch?
By Barbara Pope11/07/2009
You could possibly have an infection in there. It's not like an inner ear infection where you have to take antibiotics for 10 days. I used to get infections a lot when I was a kid. For me, it was caused by bacteria in the public pool that I went to a lot during the summer. See your doc.
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.
By Guest (Guest Post)11/05/2008
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.
By Maggie (Guest Post)09/23/2006
My doctor said that pain or itching in ears is sometimes caused by teeth problems. See a dentist.
I have been having this problem over the years. My ears are very itching especially when wet. I can't stop scratching it with my finger or with the cotton puds. I need help please, it's annoying me all of the time.
By Sal from Australia
By Frugal Sunnie04/20/2013
First thing to do is see a doctor. You write that your ears itch more when wet and that is usually a sign of either fungus, chronic infection or impacted ear wax.
If it's a fungus or chronic infection, antibiotics will clear it up, and your GP will also give you information on keeping the condition from recurring. And if it's ear wax, your GP can safely remove excess wax with equipment in his/her office. Btw, if it is ear wax, the cotton buds are only making it worse by pushing the wax deeper into the ear canal.
If the GP visit doesn't solve it (and it more than likely will), try using a non-sulfate shampoo. You'll have to read a lot of labels to find the ones that don't have any ingredients containing the word sulfate (example: sodium laurel sulfate).
Long story short I suffered incredibly itchy ears and scalp for decades-GP couldn't figure it out, sent me to all manner of specialists but nothing helped. That was in the US and they all called it eczema but after moving to the UK my new GP said to try non-sulfate shampoo and body wash. My ears never itched again from the first use. My scalp is clear too.
I was diagnosed with swimmers ear on Friday, and ever since I started taking the antibiotics my ears have been itching like crazy, to the extent where it's kept me up all night. Could I be allergic to the medicine? I've had swimmers ear before and usually it's a relief to out in the drops, but now it makes them feel worse.
By An T.08/26/2013
Try the Hyland's earache drop it also calm the ears for cold and flu, swimmer's ear, and allergy. Also it soothes itchy ears.
I already had tympanoplasty surgery in my right ear, but it failed for some reason. Now in my right ear dry itching comes very often and to stop that I am using ear buds. I want to know what may be the reasons for this itchiness in my right ear and how can I stop that?
By An T.08/26/2013
Hi I'm 17 who also had hearing aids. Yes my ears do itch too. It is not cause of your ear buds, it could be the wax in the middle of your ear canal that made your ear itch. I recommend go to an ENT to get it out they use a special ear vac to suck the ear wax out. If still itch try to drop baby oil with a dropper in your ears let them in for overnight and flush then with the blue tube thing that they have in the ears wax drop box and flush the wax out in the morning.
I have had itchy ears for some time now and the last time I visited an ENT I was given antibiotics and it stop for almost a year and now it has started again. Please what might be the cause of it? Thank you.
By Jenny from Accra, Ghana
By Frugal Sunnie07/30/2013
If the antibiotics stopped the itch for a year, it sounds as though what ever conditions caused the itch in the first place have caused it again.
You live in Ghana which is a tropical country, is it possible the environmental conditions there have exposed you to a fungus? Tropical countries are wonderful places to live but unfortunately come with lots of fungal infection conducive conditions.
For example, I lived in Guatemala for 2.5 years and on my return to the USA it took my doctor several years to figure out I had picked up a fungal infection whilst in Central America. The antibiotics would clear it up enough to stop the horrible itch but then as soon as it got warm and humid (I was living in the US Deep South) the fungal infection would flare up and I would be back in the doctor's office.
He thought I had recurring ear infections and didn't think to test me for a tropical fungus until I read something in a travel magazine and took the article to him. Once the test results came back I was put on the right medication and while I had to take the meds for close to two years, the fungus was cleared and I'm fine now.
Perhaps you might ask your doctor to test you for a fungus. The test is painless: the doctor gently scrapes the area where the itch is worse to gather several samples of dead skin cells. He/she then either cultures the samples in the clinic lab or sends the samples to a centralised lab for culturing and a diagnosis. The results take about two weeks to come back.
The proper medication to completely clear the fungus may need to be taken for as long as 6-12 months but is very much worth it!
Bed time for me is a time for ringing noises and itching ears. What could be the cause? One thing I have and suffer from is that my ear builds up lots of wax, which means I get my ears cleaned every year. I never had the disco and dancers in my ear until this year.
By King from Dublin, Ireland
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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 out.
Debbie52 from IL
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)
By Kim H.
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)
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)
By Terry T.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.