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Learn about your ear itch, including causes and common questions. Or get a personalized analysis of your ear itch from our A.I. Symptom Checker. At Buoy, we build tools that help you know what’s wrong right now and how to get the right care.

Your Ear Itch May Also be Known as:
Ear canal itchiness
Ear canal itching
Ear canal itchy
Ear canal scratchiness
Ear canal scratching
Ear canal scratchy

Top 2 Ear Itch Causes

  1. 1.Allergic Contact Dermatitis of the Ear

    Allergic contact dermatitis is a condition in which the skin becomes irritated and inflamed following physical contact with an allergen. Common products known to cause allergic dermatitis include plants, metals, soap, fragrance, and cosmetics.

    You can safely treat this condition on at home. The main treatment for this disease is to avoid the substance that triggers the skin inflammation. Moisturizer can also be helpful to provide relief for your inflamed skin.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    ear itch, ear redness, scabbed area of the ear
    Symptoms that always occur with allergic contact dermatitis of the ear:
    ear redness
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  2. 2.Anaphylaxis

    Anaphylaxis is the sudden onset of breathing or heart rate changes that are caused by a whole-body allergic reaction. This can be a deadly situation.

    Call 911 immediately for an ambulance. If you have been prescribed an epinephrine pen, use it. Don't do this if you have never been prescribed one!

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea or vomiting, stomach bloating, headache, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps), being severely ill
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Ear Itch

  • Q.Is your ear itchiness constant or come-and-go?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Do you have a rash?
  • Q.Do you have a cough?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions, check our ear itch symptom checker.

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Ear Itch Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced ear itch have also experienced:

    • 6% Sore Throat
    • 4% Headache
    • 3% Fatigue
  • People who have experienced ear itch had symptoms persist for:

    • 31% Less Than a Week
    • 30% Over a Month
    • 20% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced ear itch were most often matched with:

    • 4% Allergic Contact Dermatitis of the Ear

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