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Ears: Itchy and Wet
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Almost every morning, I wake up with wet, itchy ears. It's inside, deep enough to need a q-tip to get relief. My mother always told me never to stick things in my ears, so I went to an ENT doctor. He said to just keep using the q-tips. He also gave me some ear drops but it didnt really help. So after I use the q-tip, they feel dry and less itchy, but a little sore and irritated. Does anyone have this problem or know what it is or how to get rid of it? Thanks
Posted on 01/27/08, 09:16 pm
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Reply #1 - 02/08/08  7:15pm
" Hi,

It sounds similar to the problem I have, which is eczema in the ear canal. It causes me to keep getting ear infections.

The doctor at the hospital gave me drops for it, but I can't remember the name right now. I will check for you.

I'm not saying this is what you have though! "
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Reply #2 - 03/04/08  11:08pm
" I think it has to do with my TMJ - I just read another post in that group and a lot of people with TMJ also have this problem. "
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Reply #3 - 05/01/08  5:15pm
" I have this same problem and my dr has given me Sandoz Opticort for this...it really helps and you are creating a infection by "itching" your ear...itching it or rubbing it cause the skin to get irritated and then causes an infection... "
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Reply #4 - 06/01/08  1:35am
" I get this as well. Not all the time sometimes just wet and itchy in both ear canals, just like you described.
I've also got TMJ.
Sometimes I get an occasional build up of wax. But it only seems to affect my left ear. "
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Reply #5 - 06/01/08  1:41am
" My doctor gave me some eardrops for when my ears get itchy
Sulfacetamide Sodium Ophthalmic Solution 10% it's actually an eyedrop but it seems to work if they get really irritated "
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Reply #6 - 01/09/09  3:03pm
" I've had this problem for about 3 years and finally got my Dr. to listen to me, he prescribed a cream of hyderm:ketoderm:Fucidin Cr 1:1 Compound I used it for a couple of weeks, but used a WET cotton swab to clean out the crusty stuff from the running and itching before applyin it. Just don't rub and scratch with the swab. Don't use a dry swab either it causes more irritation. Now I don't need the cream very often, and use a wet swab when I feel the need to clean my ears. When I was having the wet and itchy ear problem where they were running and popping - the popping would wake me up in the night - I would take an antihistimine, it helped. "
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Reply #7 - 01/26/09  4:00pm
" I have discovered (after a ton of research) a home solution for my itchy ears which is astounding me. It has now been a month since I started this and I seem to be on the road to relief. If this helps even just one person here that is suffering like I was then I am glad to have helped.
Get a small dispenser bottle that has a wide mouth, with a lid, and with which you will be able to dip a q-tip into. Mix the following: 2 tablespoons of white vinegar, 2 tablespoons of Isopropyl alcohol or Rubbing Alcohol and a 1/4 tsp of Xylitol. You can get this at a Health Food store. "Google" it....
Xylitol has been used for years in toothpaste for it's bacteria fighting properties and can be used as a saline cleanse to reduce bacteria..(see Xylitol on Wikipedia)
Shake this solution up and dip your q-tip into it and swap the inside of the infected ear...sorry, it will be cold!.. if the ear is too sensitive or in pain use a small dropper and place a few drops down the canal. Let it sit for a minute or two and then tilt the head back over to drain. I had to do this in both ears, as they were both having the same problem. I did this in the am and pm, but after about 2 days I found I only had to do it at bedtime. I suffered for 15 years and tried everything. When I find the solution to my tinnitus I will post again. Regards to you all. "
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Reply #8 - 03/08/09  7:16pm
" I was first diagnosed with swimmers ear in December, put on atibiotics and antibiotic drops, after two prescriptions, and pain all through the holidays, I went to a ENT that thought it was TMJ, We ruled that out and figured out it was just eczema. I am so glad as the itching and pain was getting so old. I bought over the counter anti-inflammatory ear drops and hydrocortisone cream and it worked, I am so happy. I think it was all started because i was using ear plugs to sleep, hope this helps some
hugs
Shelley jo "
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Reply #9 - 04/27/09  11:57pm
" I've had the same problems discussed here for about 15 months--itching and irritation of my left ear. After an MRI, a hearing test, two different ear, nose and throat specialists and a dermatologist couldn't figure it out to my satisfaction, I finally decided to go to Johns Hopkins Univ to see another ENT. He looked in my ears, told me my troublesome ear had no wax in it, so it had no protections to fight off bacteria, bugs, itching, etc and that earwax was not a waste product to be removed or messed with via fingers, oils, q-tips, creams, ointments, etc. He said NOTHING should go in your ear, even water, for 8 weeks til the wax re-forms. I'm working on week 3 and it occasionally itches like hell, but I'm confident this will finally work. Hope this helps. "
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Reply #10 - 04/28/09  12:03pm
" I agree with madrocker, after going to three doctors and a ENT, we figured out it was a dermatitis or eczema.
I have a prescription for itchy ears, which is pricey, but I bought OTC cortizone cream and it heals it instantly. Let me know if this helps.
hugs
SJ "

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