1. Itching in the ear is usually due to dry flakes of earwax
or referred sensation due to acidity (common nerve
2. Our ear canals are usually self cleaning. Ear Wax
is normally produced only in the outer two-thirds of the external ear canal.
3. Ear buds which are inserted too deeply into the ear push the ear wax further in where it normally is not present.
4. Our ear canals are not straight, but 's' shaped in three dimensions. Therefore dry ear buds and other instruments tend to cause scratches. The inner lining of our ear canals is so delicate that even dry cotton causes scratches and wounds at the bends.
5. Since the ear is in close proximity of the brain, it's blood supply is good, and hence these scratches or small wounds heal quickly, sometimes in hours. Whenever any wound heals in our body, it is accompanied by itching. The same happens in the ear and sets up a vicious cycle / habit.
6. The ear in such cases looks squeaky clean (normally there is some earwax) and almost 'polished'.
7. Once you have confirmed that your ear drum is intact and there is no more debris, fungus or infection, you may use a mild emollient ear drop
such as Mullein Ear Oil which is a homeopathic
ear drop by dipping an ear bud in it before cleaning the ear and also as ear drops from time to time. Usually, allopathic creams and drops are harsh and worsen the ear.
8. You may request your doctor to prescribe an anti-allergic for a few days to control the itching, if it is unbearable. Antacids, anti reflux medication
and a dental check up may help.