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Suggest treatment for a scaly patch on the ear

I have an almost imperceptible thickened scaly patch on the top of one ear. But, while you can barely see it, it is sore and annoying when I sleep on that side. As a red-headed lifelong tennis player, I assume it is sun damage. Is there any cream or other treatment that can fix it after all these years?
Sat, 30 Jun 2018
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Dermatologist 's  Response
Hello. Thank you for writing to us.
I have noted your concern.

Perhaps it is just a fungal infection since it is only one one side. Sun damage should be on both the sides rather than affecting just one side! Therefore I suggest you to first try a topical antifungal e.g clotrimazole 1 %cream, twice daily for a few days. In addition I suggest you to take an oral antihistamine e.g Cetrizine 10mg tab once every evening for symptomatic relief from itching.

Hope this helps
Let me know if you need any further assistance.
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