Eczema: The Hidden Cause of Itchy Ears

Unravelling the mystery of ear eczema.

Eczema, a common skin condition, is often overlooked as a cause of itchy ears. In the first instance it is important to understand what eczema is: it is a condition where patches of skin become inflamed, itchy, and rough. Sometimes, blisters may occur.

What is ear eczema?

A type of eczema that affects the ears, involving both the external ear canal (ear meatus) and the auricle (pinna). It can cause dryness, flaking, redness, and intense itching. It can be particularly troublesome due to the sensitive nature of the ear tissues and the difficulty in applying topical treatments.

Causes and symptoms.

The exact cause is unknown, but it’s believed to be linked to an overactive response by the body’s immune system to an irritant. It can be triggered by allergens or irritants, such as dust mites or certain foods. Symptoms include itching, redness, and a feeling of fullness in the ear.


Treatment options.

Treatment is usually focused on relieving the symptoms. This can be achieved through a combination of over-the-counter treatments (moisturizers), prescription medications (e.g. corticosteroids), and lifestyle changes. More information
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Living with ear eczema.

Living with ear eczema can be challenging, but with the right treatment and management, it can be controlled. It is important to avoid triggers and keep the ears clean and moisturized.

Remember, if you’re dealing with itchy ears, don’t overlook eczema as a potential cause. Consult with a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

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