How to Treat Flaky Ears

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Skin flaking off the outer ears can be caused by a number of things. The condition may be caused simply by dry skin resulting from a lack of moisture in the area, or it may be a result of a more serious condition, such as eczema. Other symptoms associated with flaky ears often include burning or itching. These symptoms may be treatable with a cortisone cream, but if the problem persists, you should consult a doctor to determine the underlying cause of the flaking.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft cloth
  • Cortisone cream
  • Face cleanser
  • Petroleum jelly

Rub the area of the ears where flaking is occurring with a soft cloth only if the flaking is not accompanied by itching or burning. In some cases, the problem may be only that there is a buildup of dead skin cells on the ear that needs to be sloughed off.

Wash your ears with a gentle face cleanser. Rinse and pat gently dry.

Apply a cortisone cream to the affected area, according to package directions. Cortisone cream can be purchased over the counter. Apply the cream once daily for up to two weeks.

Consult a doctor if the cortisone cream worsens the condition, or if the condition fails to improve after two weeks.

Tips & Warnings

  • Coat the ears with petroleum jelly any time the ears will come in contact with water, such as during showering or swimming.
  • Do not use a cotton swab in the ears, as this can force dirt and wax further into the ear canal, which can worsen any present infection that may be causing the flaking.

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