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Do Allergies Cause Itchy Ears?

Updated on September 08, 2015
When ears are itchy, it usually has nothing to do with hygiene.
When ears are itchy, it usually has nothing to do with hygiene. | Source

Itchy ears are not just annoying, but embarrassing to scratch in public. The last thing you want is for people to think you have bad hygiene, so you go straight to your medicine cabinet in search of good ol' cotton swabs.

And of course, you dig and dig with that swab hoping for relief, only for the same annoying itch to come back with a vengeance. Some people use good ol' alcohol, but the problem with this is it dries out the skin and will make you itch more later on.

What most people don't realize is if you go too far into the ear canal while cleaning the ears, you can rupture your eardrum leading to a condition known as tympanic membrane perforations (TMP). In more extreme cases, TMP can lead to facial papralysis or vertigo!





Are Itchy Ears a Sign of Allergies?

Yes, many people have itchy ears caused by allergies, however this is also a symptom of several possible health conditions, including:

  • Ear infections (commonly known as swimmer's ear)
  • Candida Albicans (yeast)
  • Too much wax
  • Not enough wax

What many people do not know is that ear issues can easily be solved with home remedies without using antibiotics. The growing concern of antibiotic resistance is causing people to seek natural cures over medication. Disclaimer: I am not a health professional. Anything you do is at your own risk. If you are experiencing accompanying dizzyness or other unusual or severe symptoms, see a doctor first to rule out serious health conditions.

Itchy ears from yeast overgrowth? Wipe that look of horror off your face; candida is more common than you think!
Itchy ears from yeast overgrowth? Wipe that look of horror off your face; candida is more common than you think! | Source

If you have itchy ears, do you also have allergies?

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If the itch is happening much worse after the shower, you might be allergic to fragrances in your shampoo, conditioner or shower gel. Try switching to gentle, fragrance-free hair products and soaps to see if you notice a difference.

Allergy and Candida Connection

I know about the connection of allergies and ear issues all too well. Due to my food and environmental allergies, I suffered with severe ear infections as a child, which led to surgical tube implants. Allergies can cause a number of conditions that result in itchy ears, including:

  • Candida albicans
  • Candidiasis
  • Contact dermatitis or eczema

To find out if your allergies might be caused yeast overgrowth, take this quiz.

Histamine release in the body causes dilated blood vessels and capillaries, resulting in an itching sensation. Ear itch in particular can be caused by a systemic allergic reaction to eating certain foods or being exposed to something in the environment, especially inhaled triggers, such as pollen, dust or mold. It can also be caused by a contact allergy to something that ended up in the ear either through the throat or ear canal, since the ear, nose and throat are all connected.






Garlic mullein ear oil is a powerful natural antibiotic and anti-fungal remedy for ear ache and ear infections.
Garlic mullein ear oil is a powerful natural antibiotic and anti-fungal remedy for ear ache and ear infections. | Source

Itchy Ear Symptoms From Ear Infection?

If you suspect your itchy ears are from a cold, cough, sinus or upper respiratory infection and you are having intense intermittent ear pain, you likely have an ear infection. If you don't want to go on antibiotics or you don't have access to medical care, there is an effective treatment for middle ear infections; ear oil.

Garlic contains antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties which may be used to treat many other ailments besides ear itch. Garlic oil usually comes in a dropper vial highly concentrated in olive oil. Try to find the oil which also contains 'mullein', which adds another layer of natural antibiotic infusion and pain relief.

How Many Drops Should I Insert?

First, find a pillowcase you don't mind getting garlic oil on. Also, expect to smell like a garlic clove for the next day or two.

When I had an ear infection, I used two to four drops every six hours. For ear itch, you may only need one or two drops every eight hours until symptoms disappear. Just be sure to allow ten to fifteen minutes of laying on opposite sides each time you are dropping in so that the oil moves deep into your middle and inner ear.









Carrington Farms Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 54 Ounce
Carrington Farms Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 54 Ounce

This is my go-to coconut oil which I use for cooking, cleaning and transfer to a small jar to keep in the bathroom.

 
NOW Foods Organic Essential Oils Tea Tree -- 1 fl oz
NOW Foods Organic Essential Oils Tea Tree -- 1 fl oz

This is the tea tree oil I've been using. Keep this in your home at all times; your ears will thank you! You can also add a few drops to any liquid soap to turn it antibacterial! I even add a couple of drops to the detergent canister in washing machine to eliminate bacteria and prevent mold during hot, humid months.

 

How To Stop Itchy Ears

If you are not experiencing pain, here are some itchy ear remedies that work and smell good, too.

  1. Organic extra-virgin cold-pressed coconut oil - Organic extra-virgin coconut oil's itchy ear treatment properties do not exist in cheaper, non-organic brands, so don't go cheap! Simply warm the oil until its just melted and use a dropper to insert it into the ear canal whenever symptoms arise. Since organic extra-virgin coconut oil is so gentle and removes excess earwax, you may also use it as a preventative or to moisturize or clean your ears.
  2. Tea tree oil - Tea tree oil is a powerful anti-fungal and antibacterial so just a drop on your cotton swab will help kill bacteria and candida albicans.

Clean headphones at least once every couple of days to avoid itchy ears from bacteria.
Clean headphones at least once every couple of days to avoid itchy ears from bacteria. | Source

Can Bacteria Cause Itchy Ears? Absolutely.

Swimmers know the ears can become a virtual petri dish since bacteria spreads rapidly in hot, humid environments. Using the remedies listed above can help prevent infections and keeping earbuds, headphones and phone headsets clean is pivotal to keeping your inner ears clean, too. Don't apply tea tree oil to porous materials; it might deteriorate them. Instead, I use a bit of fresh organic extra-virgin coconut oil for the leather part of headphones to eliminate viruses, bacteria and candida.

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