If you had measles as a child, you certainly know that kind of uncomfortable and often unbearable itch you simply shouldn't scratch and make it even worse. An itchy ear is not only irritating, but it can also appear as dangerous and sometimes requires medical help and treatment. If you are in that situation, here's what you should and shouldn't do.
The Most Important Thing Is...
...to first determine the cause. It can be anything from fungal infections to allergies, weather, swimming, cosmetic products, and cotton buds.
Even When You Really Want to Do This
Don't. It can make it worse. It can break the ear channel and in that way, bacteria are more likely to go inside and cause a dangerous infection.
This Is a Really Bad Idea
It's not only a way to let more bacteria in, but also, cotton buds can be one of the reasons you have an ear itch in the first place. Apparently, some people use even toothpicks. Both ways are wrong.
So, What to Do?
Consult your doctor. He or she will make sure that you get a proper diagnosis and effective treatment.
What Else You Can Do?
If an infection is not very serious, using home products like white vinegar, olive oil, garlic oil or coconut oil as ear drops can be helpful.
If you buy them at a pharmacy, make sure you're using the right ones that your doctor suggested. It is also useful to be aware that one shouldn't rely on ear drops in the long-term because it can damage the skin inside the ear.
It is usually mixed with white vinegar in a 50-50 split. But have in mind that you shouldn't do this too much because it can make the itching worse by drying the skin.
But Before You Do Anything
You must find out what causes the itching for sure. It can react with the current infection and lead to a burning sensation.