Uncontrollable itching in your ears? Here’s what you need to know

Don't go looking for a pin to scratch your ears when they itch.

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It s difficult to control when you have to itch. And what if the itch is at a place less accessible? No. I am not talking about the jock itch because for it, you still have the option to go to the restroom to calm it. But the ear itch is one of the most irritating ones. No wonder you end up picking any and every pointed and thin object that comes handy to reach where it itches.

Do you experience itching in your ears very often? What exactly is the cause of it? Is it serious? We asked Dr Amitabh Malik, HOD ENT, Paras Hospitals Gurgaon to shed some light on this common problem. Here s what he says:

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Itching in the ears can be because of ear wax or dandruff in the ear canal. It may also be a result of a fungal infection, middle ear infection or acid reflex. In some cases, the habit of inserting objects in the ear to calm the itch can be psychological as well. Did you know these interesting facts about ear wax?

Using toothpicks whether bare or covered with cotton must be avoided. Other sharp objects like keys, hair pins, and sharp nails can be dangerous and can cause further damage to the ear drum and ear canal. Never do these things to your ears. If you experience itching in your ears once in a while, it is not a cause of concern. However, if the itching occurs frequently, it could indicate some underlying serious condition. It may be a sign of middle ear infection and it is best to seek opinion from a doctor. Here are 8 causes of ear pain you must definitely know about.

For calming the itching, it is best to use the pulp of your little finger suggests Dr Malik. Ensure that your nails are clipped and filed. Here is everything you need to know about ear wax and its removal.

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