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By Laura Dolgy (see bio below)
If you are noticing dry, scaly skin in or around your ears, you may be suffering from ear seborrheic dermatitis. This is a form of eczema, affecting adults and babies alike, which may lead to infection and inflammation of the ear canal if left provoked and untreated.
Fortunately, there are a variety of natural treatments that can be employed to prevent irritation, soothe itchiness, and calm symptoms of this condition. Read on to learn about them!
Please keep in mind that we are in no way medical professionals and the comments and suggestions below are not intended to replace professional medical advice. Always seek the help of a medical professional before undertaking any diet or lifestyle changes.
What is Ear Seborrheic Dermatitis?
Ear seborrheic dermatitis is an itchy, red rash that appears inside the ear canal or on the outside of the ear. In other words, it’s ear eczema. For most people, the symptoms will range from mild to moderate but in some unfortunate cases, they can become more severe.
In any case, avoiding scratching is the most important thing when it comes to preventing infection or worsening symptoms. These Remedywear Hats are especially helpful when worn overnight as they provide a soothing treatment for those dealing with itchy ears.
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If you suffer from ear seborrheic dermatitis, you may experience symptoms such as:
- Itchiness in or around the ear canal
- Dry, flaky skin around or inside the ear
- Redness or inflammation
- Clear discharge from the ear
What Causes Ear Eczema?
Although doctors are not 100% sure what exactly causes ear eczema, many factors are believed to play a part in its development. It’s possible that ear eczema can develop without any triggers but typically certain irritants, such as jewelry, soaps, hair dyes, or other beauty products, are the main causes. The list also includes some metals (such as nickel), rough fabrics, cigarette smoke, stress, and even heat.
Natural Treatments for Ear Seborrheic Dermatitis
We truly believe that natural, toxic-free products are the safest and most effective way of treating eczema and nourishing sensitive skin. It goes without saying that chemicals are unhealthy for your body and may lead to further irritation or even provoke a bad reaction.
Here’s a list of some of our favourite, organic products to help you soothe and nourish your body when dealing with seborrheic dermatitis in or behind your ears.
This itchy eczema treatment by Emily Skin Soothers provides relief for both adults and babies. Free from colorants, artificial fragrances, preservatives, and chemicals, this smooth cream contains just three Chinese herbs in a base of olive oil and beeswax. All the natural ingredients are of the highest quality making it an ideal remedy for itchy rashes around the face.
If your skin is red, itchy, and dry, this Itchy Skin Rash Treatment may be the product for you. It’s designed for rashes which are flaky, red, and itchy as opposed to oozing which is found more commonly in babies and children. It can even be used on pets!
This Organic Aloe Vera for Eczema Skin Soothing Spray is great for the face and body – including on or around the ears! Made with calendula and aloe vera, it’s a cool and soothing spray that calms the most irritating of rashes. Hint: store in the refrigerator between uses to experience an extra cool delight!
Lastly, this Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream is 100% natural and can be used on the most sensitive areas. Not only is it nourishing and soothing, but its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties help protect skin and reduce inflammation.
Are you suffering from ear seborrheic dermatitis? Let us know your favourite products in the comments!
Bio: Laura is a contributor and content developer for It’s An Itchy Little World. She is in no way a medical professional. Her comments, suggestions, and reflections are not intended to replace any medical advice. Always seek the help of a medical professional before undertaking any diet or lifestyle changes. Please see It’s An Itchy Little World’s disclaimer for information about affiliate links and more.