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Thursday, June 20, 2013
Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders
Tickle on the outer ear
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?
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.
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