Ears are one of the sensitive parts of the body, and any ear problems should be paid attention closely and be treated immediately with right techniques. One of these is having itchy ears, which is not only uncomfortable but irritating as well.
There are several reasons that could cause itchiness. One of them is the wax build up, which acts as a barrier from dust and foreign dirt as well as lubricant in the ear canal. Excessive and too little amount of wax can cause itchiness in the ear. Excess ear wax can cause hearing loss and the feeling of ear fullness. Another reason that can cause itchiness in the ear is skin problems such as eczema, seborrheic dermatitis and psoriasis. Such skin problems may lead to severe scratching of the ear that will make the ear susceptible to infections like otitis externa or inflammation of the outer part. Itchy problems can also occur inside the ear canal that is caused by fungal infections due to extreme exposure to water. Swimmers usually experience this type of ear problem since they are exposed to water most of the time. Other itchy problems can also be caused by hypersensitivity to shampoos and hairsprays, and even a bug that got stuck in the ear canal.
An itchy ear can be treated with home remedy techniques. A few drops of olive oil, mineral oil and vegetable oil will soothe and relieve the itchiness in your ear. You may also use olive oil along with a few cloves of garlic. Boil the mixture and let it cool for a while, then you can place a few drops into your ear to get rid of the itchiness.
Meanwhile, you can take antihistamine medications when the itchiness in your ear was caused by allergies. However, it is always advisable to consult with your doctor first before taking any medications. If the itchiness was caused by constant exposure to water or even after bath, it is important to keep your ears dry and apply anti-fungal topical medication if there are any present fungal infections. You can also place a heating pad over the ears after a period of exposure to water.
You should be reminded all the time that scratching your ear will just cause further ear infection, and can even get itchier. You are not recommended to insert any object into your ear for scratching since you might damage your eardrum. Even after using the home remedy techniques mentioned, it is still best to consult your doctor about your condition.