Ear Eczema, otherwise known as otitis externa is an inflammation of the ear canal, which may be caused by infection, allergy or other causes. Symptoms include itch, ear discharge, and pain.
Short-lived episodes which clear up quickly are called ‘acute’. However, in some cases the otitis externa lasts longer than three months and is referred to as chronic. Occasionally, it can last for several years.
If you suffer from ear eczema you will be used to constant itching in and around your ear canal. You may have discomfort and pain in your ear and even a discharge from the ear. This can happen when the inflamed and irritated skin becomes infected. When severe, your hearing also can be affected. This is due to the thick, dry skin building up in the ear canal.
There are many causes of otitis externa or ear eczema; allergy to particular drops or fungal infections due to bacteria are common. But another, less common cause is related to skin disorders like eczema or psoriasis. The treatment usually advised is steroidal ear drops whenever symptoms flare up.
Unfortunately this treatment is often short term – only temporarily fixing the symptoms. Eventually the irritation comes back and the treatment has to begin all over again. In order to prevent ear eczema for good we need to have a look at why we may be getting the symptoms in the first place.
Like eczema elsewhere on the body, there is a connection to environmental allergens. This includes food sensitivities, but if this hasn’t cured your problem then you need to look further. Take a good hard look at what is in your home and, more specifically, what you put on your body.
There are many environmental triggers for ear eczema and psoriasis. Body lotions, face creams, shower gels and soaps. But when the eczema is in the ear canal – the chances are it may be related to what you use to wash your hair. Toxic ingredients linked to irritation of the skin are unfortunately found in most conventional shampoos and conditioners sold today. These irritants enter the ear canal every time you wash your hair or have a bath! On top of that they also enter the blood stream via the skin from body washes and lotions which can lead to skin irritations as many toxins can build up over time.
Don’t be fooled by products labelled as ‘natural’ or ‘low irritant’. Many companies remove only the well-known irritants, not the hundreds of remaining ingredients that could be causing the problem. If you are serious about reducing and preventing your symptoms you need to buy from a trusted company that guarantee that they eliminate ALL potential allergens linked to skin irritation. There are such companies but they are hard to find and you need to know where to look.
Find out how you can cure your ear eczema today!