Why do my Ears Itch?

An itchy ear happens to people of all ages. How you can get relief is dependent on what is making the ear itchy in the first place. There are 7 causes of itchy ears:
  1. Ear Wax Wax is your body’s way of cleaning dead skin cells and dirt out of your ears, but too much of it can make your ears itch. Moreover, too little earwax can cause your ears to itch because the ears are too dry.
  2. Ear Infection Itchy ears can be a sign of an ear infection. To stop the itch, you must consult your family physician to treat the infection.
  3. Skin Allergies The skin inside your ears can itch because of an allergic reaction. A beauty product like hairspray or shampoo can be the culprit. So can products that have nickel, plastic, metal, or rubber. To get relief, you will need to figure out what you are allergic to, Until then, your doctor can prescribe a steroid cream to stop the urge of scratching.
  4. Eczema or Psoriasis You may be prone to itchy ears if you have eczema or psoriasis, Again, the doctor can prescribe a steroid cream.
  5. Cleaning your ears Putting q-tips in your ears can inflame your ear canal and make it itchy. Bobby pins, paper clips, and your fingers can also scratch the skin inside your ears for bacteria to enter and cause an infection. We advise getting your ears cleaned out by a professional.
  6. Food Allergies If you have hay fever or are allergic to pollen, your ears may itch when you eat certain fruits, tree nuts or certain vegetables.
  7. Hearing Aids Very rarely do people get an allergic reaction while wearing hearing aids. The ears may get itchy because of their plastic coating or because of water being trapped behind the hearing aid. With each cause there is a solution to the itchiness. Please consult your hearing professional to get relief of your itchy ears.

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