Why Does My Ear Itch?

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Itching in the ears can be a result of a number of causes, with the most common being overuse of Q-tips that removes wax meant to protect the ear canal. Learn about skin conditions that can cause an itchy ear, such as eczema or fungal infections, with help from a neurologist and otologist in this free video on ear problems and hearing.

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Hello, my name is Dr. Jack Shohet, and I'm here to talk about why the ears itch. Itching in the ears can have many causes. Probably the most common I see, is from Q-tip overuse. By using Q-tips frequently, you're removing wax that protects the ear canal, normally. Furthermore, the Q-tips can scratch the ear canal, and cause itching in that way, so avoid Q-tips. Skin conditions can also affect the ear canal, such as eczema, and chronic dermatologic conditions, and also fungal infections, and bacterial infections, can cause some itching in the ear canals. The treatment would be directed towards those underlying causes, and your physician, your ENT physician, should be able to help you differentiate the different causes.

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