We’ve all had that itch that seemed impossible to reach.
You may think about this in a couple of different ways: First, you think about something you always wanted to do in life but so far you haven’t got around to (skydiving, for example). Or, that itchy spot on your back that you just can’t manage to reach might come to mind.
That’s sort of a terrible experience, right? Desperately attempting to scratch that itchy spot on your back. It’s why back-scratchers exist.
Unfortunately, there’s no such device that can alleviate itching inside of your ears. No matter how hard you try, you just can’t reach up inside your ear canal where it’s itching. If you’re ear itches in this way, it’s even more frustrating than that spot on your back.
Your everyday life can be impacted by itchy ears
It might sound like a small problem, superficially. Itchy ears? It could be worse, right? At least your ears aren’t in pain or burning or on fire.
Here’s something to think about: Your ear is itchy, and you can’t get any relief. If it occurs once in a while, sure, it’s not that big of a problem. But what if your ears are constantly itchy? You might find yourself, and your quality of life, significantly impacted.
Maybe you stay home and avoid interacting with friends. Or perhaps you attempt to overpower the sensation by listening to excessively loud music.
It sucks. But treatments and solutions do exist. Finding the best way to deal with itchy ears means knowing what causes them in the first place.
So what causes your ears to itch?
So why are your ears itchy? And what’s the treatment? Depending on the underlying cause, itchy ears will have differing solutions. Your ears may be being impacted by many root causes, as with many medical conditions. Among the most common are the following:
- Skin disorders: Sometimes, a skin condition can cause a reaction in places you can’t reach. There’s even a condition called ear dandruff that can occur. You should consult your doctor about what your solutions are. putting moisturizer in your ear isn’t a practical or safe option, after all. If you have this kind of skin condition, your doctor is, once again, your best bet.
- Improper hearing aid fitting: Hearing aids are designed to fit snugly in your ears. That’s how you get the best sound and the most successful results. But when your hearing aids don’t fit correctly, this snugness can quickly turn into irritation and itchiness. This, as a result, can cause you to stop using your hearing aids as frequently, and that can be bad for your hearing. The answer is to come in and consult us for a proper fitting. In some cases, hearing aids may even be custom molded to better fit your ears.
- Ear infections: Yup, the plain old ear infection could be the culprit behind your misery. Prevalent in youth, ear infections can continue to strike at any time. Ear infection can cause an accumulation of fluid in your ear. At the same time, the tissues inside of your ears can start to become inflamed. Together, this can lead to trapped fluid, irritated tissue, and really itchy ears. Treating the infection with the help of your doctor is the solution. Your ears will usually stop itching when the infection clears up.
- You have an earwax blockage: Look, it’s completely normal for your ears to create a copious amount of wax. You might be surprised to learn that wax is actually cleaning your ears. But this blockage can form for numerous reasons. One reason is because of the use of cotton swabs to “clean” your ears, so if you’re doing that, you should stop immediately. We can, in any case, help you clear up any earwax troubles. So scheduling an appointment can help bring you some relief.
- Allergies: Allergies can frequently cause itching. In some instances, an over-the-counter allergy medicine, like an antihistamine, can ease itching caused by allergies. It can be hard to pin down, sometimes, precisely what you’re allergic to. But a great many allergens, including pollen, can cause your ears to itch. Itchy ears could easily come from your spring hay fever. An allergist will be the best place to look for a solution to this.
Finding treatment for your itchy ears, and comfort
Just about every activity becomes less enjoyable with itchy ears. Finding the correct treatment, and getting sustained relief can be completely life changing. If you attempt to just wait it out, you will most likely prolong your suffering because it’s not likely that the itching will go away on its own.
Stop focusing on your itchy ears and go back to enjoying your life. Call us for a consultation.