Why Do My Ears Itch?

Why Do My Ears Itch?
Published on, 04 October, 2023. Answered by Dr. Vidit Rohit Shah and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor,


I've been experiencing intense itching in both ears for about four months now, with no pain. My ENT prescribed cortisone drops (Triamcinolone acetonide), but they didn't help. The ENT couldn't identify the cause and suggested I learn to live with it. I'm seeking a second opinion. Could Eustachian tube dysfunction be related, considering I also hear popping sounds when swallowing?



Thank you for reaching out to Dr. Galen. Please find the below response to your query.


Itching in the Ears and Eustachian Tubes: Itching in the ears is typically not associated with Eustachian tube dysfunction. They are separate issues with different causes.


Common Causes of Ear Itching: Ear itching often occurs due to the presence of earwax or dandruff flakes entering the ear canal, especially if you clean your ears frequently. 


Avoid Ear Instrumentation: To reduce the risk of itching, avoid inserting any objects or instruments into your ears. This can inadvertently push wax deeper into the ear canal and worsen the problem.


Address Scalp Dandruff: If you have dandruff on your scalp, managing it by shampooing your hair regularly (at least twice a week) can help prevent flakes from entering the ear canal. 


Recommended Ear Drops: Consider using Otiflox ear drops (2 drops twice daily in the affected ear) to alleviate itching.


Antihistamines: Taking an antihistamine like Levocetirizine (5 mg) once at night for a course of five days can help reduce itching.




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