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Dry, crusty, skin coming from top of the outer ear, oily, clear liquid oozes out while cleaning the area. What could this be?

I have dry, crusty skin coming from the top of my right outer ear (under the upper ear fold so it s sort of hidden). If I clean the area I seem to have a fluid that comes out and it won t stop for a long period of time. The fluid is sort of oily and clear. Almost like the fluid found in a popped acne pimple . I shower very often so cleanliness isn t a concern. what could this possibly be? I m not experiencing any redness, pain, or itching.
Asked On : Tue, 7 Aug 2012
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Hi there,

The possibilities are allergy, eczema, seborrhoeic dermatitis etc. Diagnosis is more in favour of seborrhoeic dermatitis, if you have oily skin and hair, dandruff etc. Please use a ketoconazole shampoo and use it on your hair twice a week. Shampoo should be left on the hair for a contact period of 5 minutes and then rinsed off. Apply a small amount of clotrimazole cream daily for a week. If there is no symptomatic relief in a week, I would advise you to visit a dermatologist.

Hope this helps.

Dr. Divya Kuttikrishnan
Answered: Tue, 7 Aug 2012
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