Check your routine
Before you try anything else, look through your soaps, shampoos, and other personal care products to find any that might be causing your irritation. Think about environmental factors that could have contributed to your symptoms. Have you been in the sun recently, taken hot showers, or swam in chlorinated pools?
Keep a diary of any symptoms you have and any products or situations that might be causing them. Discontinue use of cleansers or avoid any activities that make your skin worse.
Treating your dry ears usually involves finding a way to restore moisture to your skin. Choose from ointments, creams, or lotions.
Most of these products can be used liberally for as long as you have symptoms. It’s best to apply these moisturizers right after bathing and toweling off.
Try other over-the-counter topicals
If simple moisturizers don’t work, you may want to try over-the-counter (OTC) creams that contain lactic acid, or lactic acid and urea. These products are particularly helpful if your skin is very dry or very scaly. Follow instructions printed on the product, or ask your pharmacist to clarify how much to use and how often to use it.
Even if you don’t think your symptoms are caused by the products you’re using, it’s a good idea to switch to gentler personal care items until your ears heal. Try using mild moisturizing soaps and shampoos, which won’t dry out your skin when you shower or wash your face.
Don’t know what to buy? Check the labels. Stay away from antibacterial soaps or those containing alcohol and perfumes.
Dry skin often itches, but itching can invite bacteria into your skin and lead to infection. Use a cool compress on your ears if they’re particularly itchy. A hydrocortisone-containing cream or ointment can help with inflammation. Find one that contains at least 1 percent hydrocortisone for the best results.
Dry ears: Causes, treatment, and prevention
The outlook for dry ears depends very much on the underlying cause.
Preparations containing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or vinegar are not usually helpful for dry ears but may help relieve itchy ears.
The goal of any treatment plan for dry ears is often to stop any itching first and then to re-establish a healthy moisture balance in the ear.
Steroid creams or drops should only be used as a temporary treatment, because long-term use can cause the skin to thin and to become fragile.
People can reduce the risk of dry ears by making some simple changes to their daily routines and lifestyles.
The exact cause of seborrheic dermatitis is unknown. It may be due to a combination of factors:
Risk factors include:
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Ear eczema is when you experience itchiness or dry skin around, on, or inside of your ear. Eczema can range from only slightly noticeable to very painful or irritating.