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How can earwax buildup cause itchy ears?

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Wax is your body’s way of cleaning dead skin cells and dirt out of your ears, but too much of it can make them itch. Don’t be tempted to try to remove the buildup with a cotton swab. That pushes the wax deeper inside, where it can get stuck. Instead, try over-the-counter ear drops that break up the wax. If that doesn’t help, see your doctor. They can use a special tool to safely remove built-up wax. But don’t overdo it. Ears can also get itchy if they don’t have enough wax inside them.

From: Why Do My Ears Itch? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Eczema Society: “Fact Sheet: Ear Eczema.”

NHS Choices: “Otitis externa.”

University of Texas McGovern Medical School Department of Otorhinolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery: “Patient Care: Itchy Ears.”

Mayo Clinic: “Ear Infections.”

Merck Manual : “Consumer Version: Dermatitis of the Ear Canal.”

American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: “Oral Allergy Syndrome.”

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Oral Allergy Syndrome.”

American Family Physician: “Otitis Externa: A Practical Guide to Treatment and Prevention.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery: “Experts Update Best Practices for Diagnosis and Treatment of Ear Wax (Cerumen Impaction): Important Patient Education on Healthy Ear Care.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Psoriasis on the Face.”

The Journal of Pediatrics, “Pediatric Cotton-Tip Applicator-Related Ear Injury Treated in United States Emergency Departments, 1990-2010.”

DermNet New Zealand, “Otitis Externa.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on September 8, 2019

SOURCES:

National Eczema Society: “Fact Sheet: Ear Eczema.”

NHS Choices: “Otitis externa.”

University of Texas McGovern Medical School Department of Otorhinolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery: “Patient Care: Itchy Ears.”

Mayo Clinic: “Ear Infections.”

Merck Manual : “Consumer Version: Dermatitis of the Ear Canal.”

American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: “Oral Allergy Syndrome.”

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Oral Allergy Syndrome.”

American Family Physician: “Otitis Externa: A Practical Guide to Treatment and Prevention.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery: “Experts Update Best Practices for Diagnosis and Treatment of Ear Wax (Cerumen Impaction): Important Patient Education on Healthy Ear Care.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Psoriasis on the Face.”

The Journal of Pediatrics, “Pediatric Cotton-Tip Applicator-Related Ear Injury Treated in United States Emergency Departments, 1990-2010.”

DermNet New Zealand, “Otitis Externa.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on September 8, 2019

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