Otitis Externa describes inflammation of the ear canal due to an infection, allergy or other causes. The skin on the outer ear is very sensitive and once infected; the same bacteria can find its way into the ear drum. When water, soap, shampoo or hairspray stays on the ear canal for so long, it can cause it to itch. Scratching the ear often makes it worse because it causes inflammation and the inflamed skin is prone to infections.
Ear drops can relieve the inflammation but if it doesn’t get better within 3 months, visit our office to have your ears thoroughly examined.