My Itchy Ears Are Driving Me Nuts

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Have you ever had an itch that you just couldn’t scratch?

Okay, there are two ways to consider it: The first thing you might think about is that bucket list item you just never seem to get to. Or, if you’re a bit less of a romantic, you consider that spot on your back that you just can’t quite scratch.

That’s so frustrating! Having that itch and being desperate to scratch that spot on your back. That’s why we created back-scratchers.

Sadly, there’s no such device that can get rid of itching inside of your ears. That itchy feeling is coming from inside your ear canal, somewhere that you physically can’t reach (no matter how hard you try). It’s worse than that spot on your back, and it’s not shocking that itchy ears are most likely driving you crazy.

Itchy ears can impact your daily life

It may sound like a minor problem, superficially. Itchy ears? It could be worse, right? At least your ears aren’t in pain or burning or on fire.

Here’s something to consider: Your ear is itchy, and you can’t get any relief. If it occurs from time to time, sure, it’s not that big of a problem. But if your ears are itchy all the time? You might find yourself, and your quality of life, substantially impacted.

Perhaps you stay home and stop socializing with friends. Or perhaps you attempt to overpower the sensation by listening to overly loud music.

It’s not at all fun. But there are solutions and treatments. Understanding what’s causing your itchy ears is the first step to finding a suitable treatment.

So what causes your ears to itch?

So why are your ears itching? And what’s the solution? Depending on the root cause, itchy ears will have different solutions. Your ears could be being impacted by many underlying causes, as with most medical conditions. Among the most common are the following:

  • Allergies: Allergies can frequently cause itching. You can sometimes decrease your symptoms by taking an over-the-counter allergy medication, like an antihistamine. It’s frequently hard to identify exactly what you’re having an allergic reaction to. But a great many allergens, including pollen, can cause your ears to itch. Itchy ears could quickly come from your spring hay fever. If the itching continues, you should talk to an allergist about finding a solution (and relief).
  • You have an earwax blockage: Look, it’s perfectly normal for your ears to produce a copious amount of wax. You may be surprised to learn that wax is actually cleaning your ears. But there are several reasons why blockages can form. One reason is because of the use of cotton swabs to “clean” your ears, so if that’s happening, you should stop immediately. At any rate, we should be able to clear up most earwax blockages. So you will get some relief by making an appointment with us.
  • Improper hearing aid fitting: Hearing aids are made to fit snugly in your ears. This will yield the best returns and the best sound. But when your hearing aids don’t fit properly, this snugness can quickly turn into irritation and itchiness. This, in turn, can cause you to stop wearing your hearing aids as frequently, and that can be detrimental to your hearing. Schedule an appointment with us for a proper fitting is the solution. In some cases, hearing aids may even be custom molded to custom fit your ears.
  • Ear infections: That’s right, the source of your itchy ears can be a regular ear infection. Ear infections can arise at any age but happen more frequently when you’re younger. And when they do, fluid can build up in your ears. Along with accumulation of fluid, inflammation of the tissue can occur. Together, this can result in trapped fluid, irritated tissue, and really itchy ears. Treating the infection with the help of your doctor is the solution. Your ears will normally stop itching when the infection clears up.
  • Skin disorders: Certain skin disorders can, occasionally, cause itching that’s difficult to get at. You can even find yourself with something called ear dandruff. You should talk to your doctor about what your solutions are. putting moisturizer in your ear isn’t a practical or safe option, after all. Once again, your doctor will be the best person to help you treat skin conditions that trigger itchy ears!

Getting relief for your itchy ears

Just about every activity becomes less enjoyable with itchy ears. Your life can actually be changed by finding relief with the proper treatment. If you attempt to simply wait it out, you will most likely extend your suffering because it’s not likely that the itching will go away on its own.

Stop paying attention to your itchy ears and go back to enjoying your life. Give us a call for a consultation.

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.

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