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Remedies for Inner Ear Itching

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author image Sarah Harding
Sarah Harding has written stacks of research articles dating back to 2000. She has consulted in various settings and taught courses focused on psychology. Her work has been published by ParentDish, Atkins and other clients. Harding holds a Master of Science in psychology from Capella University and is completing several certificates through the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association.
Remedies for Inner Ear Itching
Inner ear itching can often be remedied at home. Photo Credit ear image by Connfetti from <a href="http://www.fotolia.com">Fotolia.com</a>

Inner ear itching can be caused by dirt, infection, water and even ear wax. The itching can usually be treated at home, but when it is accompanied by pain and the symptoms are persistent, medical attention is necessary to rule out something more serious. Some infectious agents, like bacteria and yeast, can cause inner ear itching, which may require medication if it doesn't heal on its own.

Oil Drops

MotherNature.com warns against using any foreign object to scratch the inner ear. Instead, try a few drops of warm oil. These homemade drops can be made with mineral oil, olive oil or vegetable oil.



To warm the oil, the container should be placed into a warm glass of water for 15 to 20 minutes. The drops should be tested on your inner wrist before being dropped into the ear to make sure the oil isn't hot enough to burn you.

Water and Alcohol

Water with or without rubbing alcohol can be squirted into the ear using a bulb syringe or ear syringe. The water and alcohol can flush out debris and kill bugs that may be in the ear according to MotherNature.com. After putting the water and alcohol into the ear, the syringe can be used to withdraw the water out or the individual can rest on his side to allow the fluid to drain.

Soften Wax

Wax that builds up in the ear can cause itching and even pain. It is important that an individual not insert anything into the ear canal to draw out the wax. Instead, a warm water bottle or hot wash cloth can be placed over the ear while the individual is lying sideways. The heat can soften hardened wax and help it move out of the ear. When the wax is visible, a cotton tipped swab can be used in an outward moving motion to withdraw the wax. If the wax is not visible or just slightly inside the canal, a swab should not be used. Inserting a cotton swab into the ear canal can shove wax and bacteria deeper into the ear.

Stay Dry

DermNetNZ.org recommends keeping an itchy ear dry to reduce irritation. A swimming cap can be worn during showers and swimming. Individuals can also place ear plugs into the ear after coating them with a small amount of petroleum jelly. Several seconds of heat from a hair dryer following a shower or work is an effective method of reducing moisture. To do this, an individual can turn the hair dryer to a low temperature setting, but not the cool setting, and point it at the ear canal for 30 to 60 seconds.

Peroxide

PacificSpecialists.com suggests using a peroxide rinse to help remove and loosen wax that might contribute to ear itching. To do this, an individual can pour a small amount of peroxide into the ear and then tilt the head to the side to allow the solution to run out.



Note that when the peroxide bubbles, it can allow water to get trapped inside the ear, which is a risk factor for bacterial infection. To reduce this risk, the individual can use a hair dryer for 30 to 60 seconds to help dry the inner ear. Visible wax can be removed with a cotton swab following this treatment. To do this, an individual can gently touch the wax with the cotton swab and move it outwards. If the wax is inside the canal, a cotton swab should not be used. Instead, continue trying to soften the wax with other methods, like heat.

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