Itchy Ear Syndrome

March 4, 2011

I and my family are afflicted with itchy ears. I’m not talking about occasional dryness I’m talking about everyday itchiness that can drive you to distraction.

Here are my findings on controlling this condition.

There are two major ways to reduce itchiness:

1. Coverage: I use a product called Lansinoh. This is actually found in the maternity section of your local drug or big box stores. This product is 100% Lanolin and very effective for reducing that itchy feeling.

2. Reduction of the histamine response. Daily ingestion of Clairiton or occasional children’s Benadryl prior to going to sleep will greatly reduce this problem. Now that generic Allegra is on the market this is also a good choice I find it more effective then Clairiton but more expensive.

Occasionally your constant ear mining will cause tissue damage usually minor abrasions of the ear canal. This can lead to what is called “gunk ear”. Typically a build of of fluid (not blood but possibly other liquid from the capillaries lining this area). I find simple vinegar or in some extreme cases isopropyl alcohol will reduce this symptom. You can purchase a product for simmers ear (simply alcohol in an easy to use dropper) which works great for short term use. Overuse of alcohol will dry out your ear leading to sever dryness and scaring.

You may also get a prescription for a fluorinated topical steroid for short term use. Long term use of a steroid can cause permanent tissue damage. If the inching is bad enough I think a perscription can be justified.

There is also a prescription called Ciprofloxacin-hydrocortisone otic which can be effective for extreme cases. Although it is VERY expensive, almost $200 per 10ml bottle! A cheaper alternative is Neomycin and Polymyxin B sulfate and Hydrocortisone Otic for about $15 I find this just as effective.

This has been a life long issue for me and others and I’ll post this in case others are looking for help.

A great link is also included below:

One Response to Itchy Ear Syndrome

  1. patti on August 8, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    I drop contact leaning solution in my ear. The only thing I have found that stops the itchiness which leads me to believe mine is related to bacteria similar to that which can also cause eye irritation.