If you have ear eczema you might be wondering what you can do about it. It can be a real problem, causing itching and irritation most of the time. This can wake you from sleep and distract you when you are trying to work. It is embarrassing to be scratching your ears and people may be self-conscious about the rash and skin flaking which occurs.
So what can you do about ear eczema?
There are two approaches to this. The first is prevention, the second is treatment. With a bit of time and thought you may be able to work out what is causing the problem. Even if the eczema appears on its own, then may be things which worsen it once it's set it. Shampoo and soaps are prime suspects. When you have a shower or bath soap and hot water will go in your ears. Sometimes even a tiny amount of perfumed soap can be enough to flare eczema in a sensitive person. Soaking in the bath with your head under the water is not a good idea as inflammation can be triggered. Avoid this and your eczema may settle down. You could try wearing moulded earplugs whilst washing to help prevent soap and shampoo getting in your ears.
Swimmers ear is infection of the outer ear canal. Going swimming with eczema in your ear can result in worsening of the eczema and infection of the ear. Avoid swimming if your eczema is flaring as a result. You could try wearing earplugs for swimming to keep water and germs out of your ears.
Treatment is available from your pharmacist and your doctor. There are several alternative remedies you could try. Simple creams ointments such as Vaseline may help by stopping the skin drying out and reducing irritation. Your GP may prescribe you a steroid cream or drops to get the problem under control. You may not need to use is continuously, only to get the problem under control. After this point you may be able to get away with just preventative measures or simple cream.