Itching ears are a common issue that can be irritating but generally not harmful. Typically occurring in the ear canal (the tube connecting the outer ear to the eardrum), it affects people of all ages. Alleviating the itchiness depends on the underlying cause prompting you to scratch. It is advised against inserting any objects into your ears, as this could harm the ear canal, eardrum, or delicate hearing bones. Keep in mind that a healthy ear naturally cleans itself and does not typically need manual or invasive cleaning methods.
The ears produce earwax naturally to maintain cleanliness and protect against infection. However, excessive earwax can cause itching.
Attempting to remove the buildup using cotton swabs or other objects can further irritate the ear and push the wax deeper, potentially leading to blockage and infection. Instead, commercially available ear drops can be used to break up the wax, or a doctor can safely remove the buildup with a specialized tool.
Itchy ears can be associated with underlying skin conditions. Some individuals may also notice inflamed, scaly patches around or on the ears. Skin conditions that may cause itching include psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema. Treating the underlying condition can help alleviate the itching.
You can typically address these issues by using topical medications or ear drops. In more severe instances, steroid pills may be necessary.
Using ear candles is not recommended. Studies have shown that they are ineffective and can even cause harm. These candles are hollow and are inserted into the ear canal before being lit at the exposed end. However, they can cause burns and potentially pierce the inside of the ear.
Itching symptoms can be worse at night for several reasons:
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