Ear eczema can be difficult to deal with. This is primarily due to the extreme itchiness it can cause and the likelihood of an infection developing since the skin is damaged and more prone to invasion by bacteria or fungi. So, what starts out as an itchy ear can turn into an ear that's sore and tender to the touch that leaks discharge and becomes swollen. While ear eczema itself is caused by skin sensitivity, the resulting infection can be caused by something as simple as getting water in your ear, wearing ear buds or earplugs, using cotton swabs or even using a hairspray that is irritating to your skin. As annoying and bothersome this condition can be, there are treatments available.
Even though your ears will undoubtedly be itchy, it is best if you can avoid scratching. This will only irritate the skin further, prolong the condition and open yourself up for infection.
Have Your Ear Cleaned
If your ear or ears are really sore and leaking discharge, then you should definitely see your doctor about having them cleaned professionally. This will likely involve a rinse solution. Likewise, the doctor will then use ear drops to help soothe the inflammation and kill the infection or fungus. These ear drops might contain substances like antibiotics, antifungals or steroids.
If the ear is really inflamed, your doctor might prescribe a painkiller to help make dealing with the condition more manageable. Usually, the less painful something is, the less you bother with it as well, which helps to speed up the healing process.
If your ear is very infected, it is important to begin a course of oral antibiotics along with the ear drops. Your doctor will likely prescribe the type he thinks is best to treat your specific infection. This will help to stop the spreading of infection quickly.
Antihistamines are sometimes prescribed in the treatment of ear eczema as they can reduce the itchiness and urge to scratch that is so often the major complaint of sufferers. Again, it depends on your specific case, but if the ear is itchy, you will likely be prescribed this.