How to use baby oil to relieve itchy ears

The human ear canal is full of neural fibres that are sensitive to touch. If skin is too dry and becomes flaky, these neural fibres are easily agitated, thus producing the "itchy" sensation inside one's ear. For those suffering from it, itchy ear is a maddening condition, that unfortunately, tends to be a chronic one. It is best to first seek the opinon of an Ears, Nose and Threat (ENT) specialist. However, baby oil, available over-the-counter, is basically mineral oil with fragrance to help skin retain moisture, thus easing the itching sensation.

Apply baby oil to cotton ball. Allow a cotton ball to become saturated.

Tilt your head to the left side and place the saturated cotton ball on the outside of ear canal. Hold your head in this position for a few minutes.

Repeat step 2 for the right side. Repeat the procedure daily for several days.

Sleep with one cotton ball that is dampened with baby oil placed near the entrance to the ear canal. Position your head in a comfortable position that keeps the cotton ball in place.


When visiting your ENT specialist, ask him about Dermotic Oil. It currently is the only "itchy ear" medication on the market tested and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Adminstration. Other temporary sources of itch relief include over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream or Tea Tree Oil, an essential dervied from the leaves of the melaleuca plant containing terpenoids that have antiseptic and antifungal properties.


Put down the cotton swab. That's the advice from ear specialists and dermatologists. When we use the cotton swab to clean our ears, we also damage the neural fibres, and this only leads to further itching sensation. The best bet to clean the ears is to have a professional irrigate them.

Things You'll Need

  • Cotton ball
  • Baby oil
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Amy M. Armstrong is a former community news journalist with more than 15 years of experience writing features and covering school districts. She has received more than 40 awards for excellence in journalism and photography. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Washington State University. Armstrong grew up on a dairy farm in western Washington and wrote agricultural news while in college.