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06 Aug 2011

Ecezema in ear
My husband gets a blocked ear from time to time and has been told by a doctor he has a form of ecezema and given ear drops to use. He also gets a build up of flaky bits of skin. He has dry scalp, would this contribute to the problem in any way? The ear drops seem to help but once he''s finished using them, his ear may stay unblocked for a month or two, and then the problem reoccurs. What would you suggest? He''s a pilot, so making sure his ears stay clear and healthy, and he can hear properly, is really important to his job.
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ENT Expert

01 Jan 0001

Dear Anne

Eczema of the external ear canal can occur, and as the canal is lined with skin, the same that is happening on the scalp, may occur in the ear canal. This causes build up of skin. If it becomes moist, it may become infected, causing an outer ear infection (otitis externa). The skin may be reacting to your shampoo, after shave lotion or any body spray that is used on the skin near the ear canal. Try an identify the responsible irritant, and avoid that. It may be helpful to see an ENT to have the ear cleaned and dried properly. Sometimes an ointment may be recommended, but this can only be done after an examination.

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