I soothed my adult itchy ears and so can you. I was always scratching until I found this treatment for dry flaky ears. Read my personal story.
For years, I had my fingernails in my ears, scratching an annoying itch. I tried cleaning my ears frequently. I tried an ear syringe and hot water. I used a drugstore cleaner. I tried hydrogen peroxide. I tried tea tree oil, because it's an antifungal, and I thought maybe I had a fungus, although I live in a dry area and don't swim.
I also did Q-Tips and bobby pins and other things you're not supposed to do, and as a result of doing those bad things, I got what my family M.D. described as "otitis." I had to take an antibiotic and steroid combo to get rid of that.
Always check with your doctor before trying anything you read here. Everyone is different, and what might be good for some people might be bad for you, considering your medical history and medications.
Natural Itchy Ears Remedy
Then one day I was looking through a the Vermont Country Store mail order catalog and saw an product from alternative medicine called Calm Ear. At that point, I would have tried anything, so I ordered it. I put it in once a day, at night, and I didn't use as much as the instructions said--just enough so I could feel it in there when I pushed on that second little protrusion above my ear lobes. I would push on that two or three times to squish and spread the stuff around in there before I went to bed.
Doggone, if this alternative treatment didn't work! The itching went away completely. It's not a cure, because if I stop using it, I get itchy ears again. Oh, and after I put it in, some usually dribbles to my outer ear, so I very gently dip my pinky into that and rub it around into the dry, flaky crevices in the rest of my outer ear. (Not behind the ear; that part doesn't need it.)
What I really like is that the stuff is mostly natural. Here's what it contains, right from the label of the bottle I'm holding in my hand:
Apricot Kernel Oil, Sesame Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Jojoba Seed Oil, Aloe Vera, Squalene, Camelia Kissi Seed Oil, Avocado Oil, Olive Oil, Vitamin E, Lecithin, Vitamin A, Phenoxyethanol, Vitamin D, Methyl/ethyl paraben.
Back when I first wrote this, I could only find it at Vermont Country Store, nowhere else. Now, it's available lots of places. It is a bit pricey, and my doctor said "just put a drop of olive oil in to let the wax come out naturally," so that started me thinking about mixing up my own. Then recently I saw the exact same product, from the same company, Miracell, under a different name, ProEar, for about half the price. Maybe they are thinking of phasing out Calm Ear to go for a larger market at a lower price. Go figure.
To find Calm Ear, just type it, in quotes ("calm ear") into the search box of your favorite search engine. As I write this, it's easiest to find the lower-priced ProEar (no space in the middle) at Amazon.com.
I sure am happy to be rid of my itchy ears!
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