Why Are My Ears Itchy?

There are many reasons why your ears may be itchy.

Dry skin

Your ear skin may become dry and itchy if your ears aren’t producing enough wax. Wax is a lubricant. You may experience itching if you don’t have enough wax. It is possible to feel flaking in ears.

Ear canal dermatitis

The skin around your ear canal becomes inflamed. This can happen due to an allergic reaction to products near your ears, such as metal earrings or personal care products. Aural eczematoid dertitis is another type of dermatitis that can occur in the ears. It has unknown causes.

Otitis externa (outer ear infection)

Otitis externa is a condition that causes earache and itching. This condition is commonly known as swimmer’s ears. It is usually caused by inflammation. This can cause redness or swelling.

Use of hearing aids

Water can get trapped in hearing aids, or it can trigger an allergic reaction. Itching can be caused by improperly fitting hearing aids.


Psoriasis can be a skin condition that causes red rash. Psoriasis may occur on the visible parts of your body such as your arms and ears.

What are the signs and symptoms of itchy ears

Itchy ears can be irritating and annoying. You might think that scratching your ears will make it better. Your ears may feel worse if you scratch. Itchy ears can also be caused by:

  • Fever
  • Swelling
  • Drainage from the ear

When should you seek medical assistance


  • You are experiencing severe bleeding from your ears or drainage
  • You suddenly experience hearing disorders

If your itchy ear symptoms persist, consult your doctor immediately.

To help determine possible causes, they will likely perform an examination of your ears and collect a medical history. They can identify any rashes or eczema-like symptoms.

Itching can also be caused by excess earwax. They will ask you about any other symptoms, such as fever, and when they started.

What can I do to prevent itchy ears?

Avoid rubbing your ears with things like:

  • cotton balls
  • Cotton swabs
  • paper clips
  • Bobby pins

You can also avoid irritation by using these other methods:

  • Antiallergic jewelry can help to prevent itching and allergic reactions.
  • Use a solution to dry out excess water from your ears if you swim often.
  • You may need to use doctor-approved methods such as eardrops and a bulb syringe if you have excessive earwax.