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How to Get Relief From Itchy Ears

 

How to Get relief from itchy ears, It is almost impossible to ignore an itch anywhere on the body and the problem becomes even more distressing if it occurs in areas that are hard to reach or view. An itch in your ears is a good case in point.

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Common Causes of Itchy Ears

The most frequent cause of itchy ears is irritation in the lining of the outer ear canal, such as a form of eczema(1) This can be caused by water getting trapped or an infection in the ear.

Once the itch has started, it can be hard to eradicate. A number of factors can make your ears itchy, which include:

  • Skin conditions such as dermatitis or psoriasis (2)
  • An allergic response to a new hair or skin product and earrings that contain nickel
  • Fungal infections (3)
  • Changes in atmospheric pressure
  • Wax buildup, which can cause water to become trapped in the outer ear canal, consequently irritating the lining of the ear canal and causing inflammation, with the classic symptom of itchiness

Ear Cleaning: Dos and Don’ts

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Your ears are self-cleaning organs that naturally expel the excess wax and other impurities settled in the ear canal.

Thus, there is no need to use ear-cleaning tools such as cotton buds and Q-tips, which will only push the wax further inside and might even damage the delicate inner lining of the ear or the eardrum.

However, if you feel like your ears are clogged, unclean, or scratchy due to cerumen buildup, you can use your shower on a cool setting to irrigate the ear from the outside or go swimming.

It is best if you consult your ear, nose and throat surgeon, who will use a microscope and gentle suction to remove the wax.

Preventive Measures for Itchy Ears

People who are prone to itchy ears should adopt the following measures to keep their ears clean, dry, and itch-free:

  • The critical thing with itchy ears is to avoid getting water trapped in the ear and to have some mild steroid cream available to use at night. So, when you are swimming or showering, consider using earplugs if you are prone to itchy ears.
  • You can also effectively keep your ear dry by placing a ball of cotton wool rubbed in Vaseline into the bowl of your outer ear.
  • Regularly have your ears checked by an ear, nose and throat surgeon to make sure your ear canal is not blocked.
  • A mild steroid cream applied to the ear canal at night is usually very effective in treating itchy ears. This can be bought over the counter at a pharmacy, although stronger creams will need a prescription from your ear, nose, and throat surgeon.

Do Any Food Items Lead to Itchy Ears?

Food allergy very rarely causes ear itching, although it is a common cause of skin eczema, especially in the young.

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Relation Between Itchy Ears and Sore Throat

The throat and ear are inextricably linked by the same nerve supply, mainly the glossopharyngeal nerve. A sore throat can be felt like a sore ear, but the itchiness can be another way of interpreting this referred pain.

Itchy Ears in the Wake of a Common Cold

The common cold can cause disordered ear sensation, including itchiness, due to the inflammation of the nose. Such inflammation causes a blockage, which directly affects the function of the Eustachian tube.

The Eustachian tube runs from the back of the nose to the ears on each side. If the tube is blocked, then the ears become blocked, which can also be interpreted as itchiness.

Dizziness Related to Itchy Ears

The ears have two primary functions: hearing and balance sensation.

Any problem in any part of the ear can trigger the general feeling that the ear is not working properly. This can cause slight hearing loss, mild dizziness, and tinnitus (ringing/noises in the ear).

Itchy Ears During Pregnancy

Pregnancy often sets off a condition called pregnancy rhinitis, wherein swelling and blockage occur in the nose.

This can cause blockage of the Eustachian tube with subsequent ear blockage and itchiness.

Use Your Own Earphones

Itchy ears are not infective, so using someone else’s earphones is not a problem.

However, it is always better to use your own as everybody has their own set of bugs in the ears, even in healthy ears. You wouldn’t use a spoon that someone else has licked, would you?

Beneficial Oils for Treating Itchy Ears

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Some oils can help relieve itchiness in the ear canals, just like they can help ease skin itchiness. Olive oil, for instance, has been found useful in this regard. (4)

Don’t Put Hydrogen Peroxide in Your Ears

It is not a good idea to use hydrogen peroxide in the ear, as it is quite a reactive and irritant compound.

You may use sodium bicarbonate ear drops, which help to disperse wax. Otherwise, oil-based liquids such as olive oil are well tolerated and help to soothe the irritated skin of the ear canal. (4)

Avoid Artificial Ear Jewellery

Ear itchiness when wearing ear jewellery is usually caused by contact dermatitis, mainly due to the nickel in the jewellery. In this situation, it is best to buy solid silver or gold jewellery.

Final Word

An itch in the ear can be extremely uncomfortable and impossible to ignore, but a lot of people make the condition worse by poking their ear with sharp objects, such as cotton buds, bobby pins, coat hangers, and toothpicks, to quell the itch.

As difficult it is to resist the urge to scratch, you must realise that your ear cavity is extremely sensitive, which can incur severe trauma through the abrasive rubbing action of invasive tools.

Moreover, the thrusting of these objects can push the naturally occurring cerumen (earwax) deep into the ear canal and even damage or perforate the eardrum. Thus, you have to be extremely gentle and cautious when handling the inside of your ear.

If the itch is persistent, consult an ENT specialist to determine the underlying cause and then seek appropriate treatment.

The Devon Ear Clinic is based in Torrington and close to Barnstaple, Holsworthy, Bude, South Molton, Bideford, Hatherleigh. We specialise in ear wax removal using Microsuction 
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Do’s and don’ts of ear wax removal

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Ear wax, also known as cerumen, is a grey, orange or yellow material made in the ear canal. It cleans and protects the ears from bacteria, dust, foreign particles, and microorganisms. In normal conditions, wax works its way out of the canal and into the ear opening naturally. However, when there is a build-up of wax, there are many ways to remove it. Some are safe, and some are not. Let’s review best practices for dealing with ear wax.

Appointments available within two working days at the Devon Ear Clinic

Do’s

 

  1. Do understand that ear wax is normal. If it does not block the ear canal or impede your hearing, it can be left as is.
  2. Do know the symptoms of ear wax build-up. These include decreased hearing, ear fullness, ringing in the ears, and changes to hearing aid functionality (distortion, etc.).
  3. Do seek medical help if you experience a change in hearing, ringing, or fullness in your ears, and/or ear pain. Other conditions may exhibit symptoms like ear wax build-up, such as ear infections. See a medical professional to rule these out if you experience any of the previously mentioned signs.
  4. Do ask a medical professional prior to using at-home remedies to remove ear wax. Certain medical conditions can make some at-home remedies unsafe. your specialist might suggestion ear irrigation or micro suction as the best option for you.

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Don’ts

  1. Don’t clean your ears too much. Over cleaning can cause irritation or infection of the ear canal and can even cause the wax to build up.
  2. Don’t put anything smaller than your elbow in your ear. Avoid using cotton swabs, bobby pins, keys, paper clips, etc. to clean or scratch your ears. These can cause damage to your ear canal — such as a cut, or even puncture of the eardrum — which can lead to many other issues.
  3. Don’t use ear candles. Studies have shown ear candling does not reduce the amount of wax in individuals’ ear canals. Additionally, ear candling can damage the ear canal and eardrum.
  4. Don’t forget to clean your hearing aids as recommended by your hearing healthcare professional. Click here for more information on how to clean your hearing aids.

If you need professional ear wax removal and you are in the Barnstaple area we are just 20 minutes drive away In Torrington and have daily availability. Please call for an appointment.

Please see our fees page for more details

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Can you think of something you do that’s nearly irresistible, widely popular, but a bad idea that’s based on a health myth? That’s right, I’m talking about inserting cotton-tipped swabs into your ears.

According to guidelines from the American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Foundation, experts strongly discourage twirling cotton-tipped swabs in the ears. Here’s why.

  1. It’s unnecessary

The ear is self-cleaning. No routine maintenance is required. If you’re inserting swabs into your ears to remove earwax or prevent its buildup, think again. Earwax is produced within the ear canal and naturally migrates from deeper inside to outside. There are exceptions, of course. Some people make more than the average amount of earwax, and for others (especially older adults) it becomes harder and drier than usual. Even in these situations, inserting a swab inside the ear is not the answer. More on this in a moment.

  1. It may be harmful

Inserting a cotton tipped swab (or anything else) into the ear can damage the ear canal or eardrum, or push earwax farther into the canal, making it harder to remove. This may cause a feeling of pressure in the ear and diminished hearing. Even worse, clumps of earwax pushed down near the eardrum can lead to painful ear infections.

  1. Earwax is not a sign of poor hygiene

Here’s where there seems to be some misunderstanding. Earwax — the medical term is “cerumen” — is there for good reasons. Among other things, cerumen:

  • is a natural moisturiser, preventing the skin inside the ear from becoming too dry
  • traps dirt and dust before they can reach deep into the canal
  • absorbs dead skin cells and debris
  • prevents bacteria and other infectious organisms from reaching the inner ear.

Some people make more earwax, while others make less. The makeup of earwax varies depending on ethnicity, age, environment, and even diet. While there seems to be a certain “ick” factor associated with earwax, it’s not a reflection of uncleanliness; in fact, it’s a sign of normal, healthy ears.

What to do about “cerumenosis”

Buildup of earwax can cause symptoms. When it does, doctors call it “cerumenosis” and recommend over-the-counter ear drops that can soften earwax and allow it to exit the ear more easily (with gentle irrigation, such as during a shower). Or, a healthcare provider can look inside your ear and use instruments specifically designed to remove earwax.

 

You can book an appointment with the Devon Ear Clinic which is situated very close to Barnstaple In North Devon. Here we use Microsuction to remove the earwax.  

In conclusion…

There’s a reason the makers of cotton-tipped swabs put this warning on their packaging: “Do not insert swab into ear canal. Entering the ear canal could cause injury.” But, it still goes on. Perhaps it’s just too tempting or satisfying. Perhaps no one reads the labels of the products they use. Or maybe the myths about earwax are too ingrained to be easily dispelled by facts. Whatever the reasons, now you know to stop putting cotton-tipped swabs into your ears. And that also goes for unfolded paper clips, pen caps, or whatever else you’ve been using!

Devon ear clinic based near Barnstaple at Torrington. only a 20 minute drive.

See our fee page for more details. 

 

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Ears syringing in Barnstaple? Only 20 mins away

 

Ears syringed in Barnstaple? Torrington is only 20 minutes away from Barnstaple to get yours ears “syringed”.

We have been open now for 4 weeks and seen people from Hartland to Holsworthy and beyond.  We have removed a fair amount of ear wax in this time and are very happy that clients are so relieved they can hear again and not have that dull feeling in their ears.

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Most of our clients have been seen within a couple of days and have taken advantage of the “urgent appointment”* we offer. Some are just glad to get seen.  We know that Barnstaple has a bit of a waiting list to be seen for ear wax removal, so if you wanted to drive over to Torrington we can probably at the moment fit you in early. It takes only 20 minutes by car.

Torrington, like other areas, is now back open, and what a relief this is for everyone.  So if you wanted a drive out and have a mooch around before or after the quick visit to unblock your ears, it would be a bit of a revelation for what’s on offer.  The Pannier market is back open and the local bakery’s have some of the best food around. They also do lovely coffee too!

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So if your ears are blocked and need to be “syringed”, (we use Microsuction these days for most wax removal as it’s safer), ear wax removal appointments are available.

Call now to get an appointment.

*Urgent appointments are within 2 working days and come at a premium price. See website for details.

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Ear wax removal clinic North Devon

 

Ear wax removal clinic North Devon is about to open soon. Based in Torrington at number 4 Well Street the new ear wax clinic will be fully functioning very soon. The traditional ear syringing method is now not the gold standard. Microsuction is like using a tiny hoover and is the NHS preferred way to remove stubborn wax.

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Five things you should know about earwax

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When you hear the word “earwax”, you might immediately think YUCK! But, did you know that earwax actually plays an important role in the health of your ear? I’d like to share some facts about earwax and the part it plays in a healthy ear.

1. Earwax is not YUCK at all

In fact, earwax is a requirement of a healthy ear canal. It is a product of two glands that are in the ear canal: sweat glands (known as “apocrine sweat glands”) and cerumen glands (known as “sebaceous glands”). Without earwax, ear canals would be dry and itchy. As a result, the ear canals would be more susceptible to scrapes and cuts from scratching.

2. The ear is designed to naturally rid itself of earwax

The skin cells in the ear canal are “migratory” skin cells. New skin cells in the ear canal are formed near the ear drum and then tend to work their way outward over time, carrying earwax and debris with them. These are called “migratory cells” because they migrate their way from inside the ear canal to outside the ear canal.

3. Earwax problems are less common than you think

Thanks to the migratory process of the ear canal, a true “earwax problem” is not as common as you might think. In fact, those who are most at risk for impacted earwax are (1) older adults (2) hearing aid users (3) those who use cotton swabs. Rarely will a person who doesn’t fall into one of these categories experience ear canal blockage due to excess earwax.

4. Cotton swabs should NOT be used to clean your ears

Speaking of cotton swabs, PLEASE DON’T USE THEM FOR EARWAX REMOVAL! What you are actually doing — instead of removing earwax — is wiping away wax in the outer 1/3 of the ear canal and pushing any remaining wax deeper into the ear canal. The most safe, effective way to remove problem cerumen is to visit a physician or hearing healthcare professional who can see into your ear canal then determine the best way to remove the earwax, if needed. Otherwise, simple hygiene practices, such as wiping the surface of the ear canal with a cloth while showering, should be sufficient to keep earwax from causing a problem.

5. Excessive earwax can be mistaken for hearing loss

Hearing loss is often blamed on earwax, but the actual problem is with the inner ear. Thousands of people who think they are experiencing hearing loss due to wax build-up are seen annually by hearing healthcare professionals when the true problem is hearing loss.

If you have ANY questions or concerns about the health of your ear or your hearing, we hear at the Devon ear clinic can

help with ear wax removal.