Eczema in Ears (Dermatitis of the Ear) How to Treat it

Identify the types of eczema in ears and learn how to deal with.

You may walk one morning to find your ears itchy and festering. This can be result from eczema which is a skin condition affects infants, children and adults. Eczema in ears can affect the skin covering the folds of the outer ear, ear lobe, and the external auditory canal , which is the tube through which sounds travel to reach the middle ear. Commonly, children may show irritability and discomfort, and will tug at their ear. Adults will complain of itchiness, discomfort or pain. However, this condition is common, but it should not be ignored because it may lead to further problems.

Eczema in Ears

The Symptoms of Eczema in Ears

Symptoms of ears eczema are different from person to person. They are usually include itchy, dry, inflamed and red skin. In severe cases, you can develop open lesions and rashes that spread. Eczema in ear canal may not show external symptoms. Symptoms of ear eczema may include discharge from the ear or redness, itching, cracking or peeling  of skin on your ear. There are other visible symptoms that appear elsewhere including small bumps on the cheeks, scalp and forehead, or rashes on the trunk, arms and legs.


The Causes of Eczema in Ears

– Atopic dermatitis

According to Healthy Skin Guide, it is the most common cause of eczema. Atopic dermatitis occurs when a one with sensitivities is exposed to foods they are sensitive to, or have contact with allergens such as dust, animal dander or pollen. Moreover, environmental irritants like chemicals, air conditioning, tobacco smoke, humid or dry conditions can trigger episodes of ear eczema.

How to treat Eczema in ears caused due to Atopic Dermatitis?

Atopic eczema can be caused from many causal factors. To treat the symptoms that affect the outer ear, you can use topical treatments. Eczema of the inner ear may require a complicated approach that focuses on identifying foods and allergens that trigger the condition.

Phyllis Balch, the author of “Prescription for Nutritional Healing,” explained that certain foods and food additives can contribute to eczema outbreaks and severity. Therefore, you need to use an elimination diet to identify foods that trigger symptoms. You should eliminate all potential allergens from the diet, including milk products, eggs, products that contain wheat or gluten, and foods that contain additives, aspartame, preservatives, artificial colors and artificial flavors. It is also important for breastfeeding mothers to eliminate these allergens from their diet.

– Seborrhoeic eczema

Commonly, it afflicts portions of the ears of infants, children and adults. Seborrhoeic eczema can be caused due to infections of the skin that caused by the yeast Pityrosporum.

How to treat Eczema in ears caused due to Seborrhoeic eczema ?

You can use anti-yeast medication to treat seborrhoeic eczema. When eczema afflicts the scalp or skin, your doctor will prescribe topical application of selenium shampoo, coal tar preparations, anti-fungal creams, steroids, and emollient creams. However, these applications can help for the outer ear, but they are not appropriate for treatment of eczema of the ear canal. So, you need to contact your doctor.


Effects of Ecezem in Ears

Beside the itching, discomfort and scaly appearance on the outer parts of the ear, ear eczema can cause inflammation of the auditory ear canal, which is a condition termed otitis externa. If it is left untreated, otitis externa can develop into an inner ear infection which can lead to hearing loss.


When to worry?

If you develop symptoms that may indicate eczema of the ear, you need to contact the doctor. A medical expert must evaluate you to evaluate the severity of the condition, and to help diagnose the causes that contribute to your condition.

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