How to treat itchy ears

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Is your ear constantly itching? Does it obnoxiously keep you from concentrating on important stuff, suck out all the fun and makes you want to just rip off your ears?
It often goes from a little bit of ear itch to a humongous itch monster.
The human inner ear has an extreme sensitivity and something like a sudden change in its environment could cause itchy ears. It’s usually worse because we can’t see the inner ear and we keep probing recklessly and too invasively that it gets harmful.

How to Treat Itchy Ears

The worst thing about itchy ears is that people in a bid to quell or relieve the itches end up using unsterile objects or sharp objects like coat hangers, pins, needles (you’d be shocked), toothpicks. These insertions when used in an area as sensitive as the ear canal can end up rupturing or scraping your skin which as a consequence, becomes a free doorway for bacteria as well as lots of other foreign particles and debris to lodge deeper into the skin, paving way for a more serious infection.

Causes of Itchy Ears

Below are a few causes of itchy ears :
• Ear infections
• Allergic reactions
• Ear dryness as a result of little or no secretion of ear wax
• Insect bites
• Intrusive, compulsive ear cleaning that gets rid of natural wax and often times cause a flake buildup of dry skin as a result of the dryness.
• Earwax accumulation. In this case, the wax gets pushed further in and keeps piling up in the cavity as cleaning tools keeps probing the ear
• Water trapped in the ear
• Irritation induced by headphone or hearing aids
• Sometimes eczema, psoriasis or acne could cause itchiness
• Ear canal dermatitis
According to a study published in 2011, temporomandibular joint disorders (TJD) have lots of symptoms and one of them is an itching ear.
In 2015, a study published in Otolaryngology Online reports that there need not be an underlying bacterial or fungal infection to cause itching as evidenced by a condition called asteatosis. The study stresses the fact that it is important to consider asteatosis as one of the differential diagnosis for chronic and persistent itching when all other causes have been ruled out.

Symptoms of Itchy Ears

You already know the obvious symptom of itchy ears ;itching.

Remedies:

Gravity

If you think your itchiness came from having water in your ears maybe from a shower, bath or swimming, you can let gravity work its magic.
By letting gravity, it will help get rid whatever buildup of fluids that have occurred in the affected and itchy ear.

Here’s what you should do:

• Tilt the side of your head so that the affected are faces the ground directly
• Wash your hands thoroughly and put a clean finger in your ear.
• Now, try to create a vacuum to help dislodge the fluid.
• Using a cotton bud or a towel, clean up the discharge that comes off
• You could also simply lay down on your side with a towel under your ear.
• This remedy can also help to cope with a case of swimmer’s ear

Warm Water

Flushing your ear with warm water is one of the best ways to get rid of excess earwax that can cause itchiness in the ear. The gentle force of the water will dislodge the wax, making it easier to remove from the ear. Be sure to use only distilled water.

A 2013 study published in the Journal of Laryngology & Otology reiterates that only distilled water should be used for softening earwax. The study found distilled water to be comparatively much more effective than water mixed with sodium bicarbonate or an oil-based solution for the purpose of disintegrating earwax.

Here’s what you should do:

• Fill a rubber bulb syringe with slightly warm distilled water.
• Tilt your head upright and pull the outer ear to straighten the ear canal.
• Using a syringe, pour a few drops of water into the ear canal
• Let it sit for one minute and then drain it out by tilting your head towards the ground.
• With a clean cloth, wipe off the water and the earwax
• Repeat the process with the other ear if it also itches.

Olive) Oil

One of the most well-known home remedies to relieve an itch in the ear is olive oil.
Olive oil helps remove excess earwax and keeps your ear canal adequately lubricated. It can soften ear wax that is rigid , thus enabling easy expulsion from the ear . Also, its antiseptic properties reduce the risk of ear infection.
A 2013 study published in Practice Nursing reports that regular olive oil lubrication increased the ear canal contents. However, olive oil sprayed into the ears immediately before removing wax enabled total wax removal.

Another 2003 study published in Paediatrics found that herbal ear drops containing olive oil helped to reduce pain ensuing from an ear infection in children.

Here’s what you should do:

• Lie on your side such that the ear that is affected faces up
• Pull the outer part of your ear back gently
• Put two or three drops of lukewarm olive oil in the opening of your ear using a dropper.
• Gently massage the skin at the front of the ear to help the oil work its way in.
• Stay laid down for at least five minutes before draining your ear and wiping away whatever extra oil drips from the ear when you sit up.
• If the other ear is affected, you can repeat the process

Blow Dryer

A blow dryer? Oh, yes. It will evaporate fluids that may be trapped in the ear. The trapped fluid and dampness may be the source of your itchy ear. The air that comes from a blow dryer is warm and dry and increases the temperature of the water in the ear. That way, the water evaporates and eventually dissipates from the ear.

Here’s what you should do:

• Pull the earlobe away from the body
• Then hold the blow dryer, keeping it at least ten inches away from the ear
• Set the dryer heat to warm and air flow to low.
• Turn on the hair dryer and aim it directly into the ear canal
• Let the dryer stay blowing for at least thirty seconds
• If required, repeat again.

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