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Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders

Tickle on the outer ear

06/01/2006

Question:

I have an almost constant tickle (Like a hair) on the front of my left ear near my hair line. Also it tickles from the top flap and near the entrance. I have to constantly wet with my finger to give some relief and this is causing redness and sores. Any suggestions?

Answer:

I do not recommend putting anything in your ears that could damage your ears (e.g., Q-tips, fingernails, bobby pins, etc.).  You could try some over-the-counter steroid cream.  You should consider seeing an ear specialist for further examination and possible treatment.

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Response by:

Ravi N Samy, MD, FACS Ravi N Samy, MD, FACS
Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology, Director of Skull Base Surgery Fellowship, Director of Adults Cochlear Implantation Program
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati