here’s what it means and home remedies to treat itchy ears

Most people have experienced itching of the ears in some form – and know just how irritating it can be.

Dry, itchy ears can affect anyone, regardless of age. Unfortunately, though, a good scratch from time to time won’t really help, with the aggravation probably doing more harm than realised. Let’s discuss the cause for itchy ears, and then we will delve into some remedies!

What can cause itchy ears?

Many people will believe in old wives’ tales that says itchy ears are not caused by someone talking bad about you. However, your ears are actually full of neurological fibers. If your ear fibers are particularly sensitive, you’re likely to experience more itchiness than the average person.

Other common causes of itchy ears include dry skin, ear canal dermatitis (allergic reaction), ear infection, psoriasis or use of a hearing aid.

Itchiness can also be caused by too much water in the ear (such as after a swimming session). Most cases of itchy ears are nothing to worry about and easy to treat.

If you notice bleeding, draining or hearing loss with the itchiness, talk to your doctor.

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Treatments and home remedies for itchy ears

Inserting objects into your ear to reach the scratch (like a cotton swab or a bobby pin) is unsafe because you risk puncturing your eardrum or causing other damage. To reduce inflammation and pain, doctors will recommend or prescribe any of the following:

– Baby oil, which softens the skin
– A steroid ointment or cream
– Eardrops

Sometimes, home remedies can help soothe the itching sensation. These include:

1. Warm oil

Warm your favorite natural oil (olive, tea tree, coconut or garlic) to a comfortable temperature and add a few drops to your ear.

2. Aloe vera

Try three to five drops of gel from an aloe vera plant, which can restore pH levels and provide anti-inflammation benefits.

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3. Alcohol and vinegar

Mix one part rubbing alcohol with one part white vinegar. Use a small spoon or dropper to drip a little of the mixture into your ear. Tilt your head sideways and let the solution set for a few seconds, and then tilt your head the other way and drain. This method can dry out your ear, so keep it to a minimum.


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