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How can eczema or psoriasis cause itchy ears?

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If you have these skin conditions, you may be prone to itchy ear canals. You can usually treat these problems with ear drops. In severe cases, you may also need to take steroid pills.

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 William Blahd on September 24, 2017

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

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 William Blahd on September 24, 2017

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