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What Causes Itchy Ears and Throat?

Itchy ears and throat can be a sign of a few different conditions, including allergies and the common cold. These symptoms are usually no cause for concern and can often be treated at home. However, these symptoms can also be an indication of a more serious problem. 

Here are some of the potential causes of itchy ears and throat:

Ear infections

If you start to notice an itching sensation in your ear, this could be a sign that you may have an ear infection or are developing one. Upper respiratory tract infections and eustachian tube blockage are usually the root cause of an ear infection. 

If you have an ear infection, you should make an appointment with an ENT specialist. Your ENT doctor will identify the cause of your ear infection and suggest a course of treatment to clear it up. In most cases, this will be enough to solve the problem of itchy ears and throat. 

Allergic rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever, occurs when your immune system reacts to something in the environment that isn’t normally harmful. This reaction leads to the release of histamine, which triggers allergy symptoms, including itchy ears and throat. Common allergens include:

  • Pollen
  • Pet dander
  • Mold
  • Dust mites
  • Other irritants, such as smoke or perfume

Dry ears

Earwax is produced as a self-cleaning defense by the body. It protects the ear from infections and damage. A lot of people make the mistake of cleaning their ears too often, removing the oil and wax. Without earwax, the ear can become dry, itchy and even infected. You should never remove earwax blockage, especially not with a Q-tip. However, when the removal is necessary, one should seek medical treatment.

Food allergies

Food allergies are another common cause of throat health issues and can also cause itchy ears in some cases. Similar to seasonal allergies, food allergies arise when the immune system kicks into high gear when exposed to an allergen, such as peanuts or shellfish. Common food allergies include:

  • Peanuts and tree nuts
  • Fish and shellfish
  • Cow’s milk
  • Eggs
  • Wheat
  • Soy 

Viral infections

The common cold and the flu are the most common afflictions for itchy ears and throat. Most people get colds in the winter and spring, and symptoms usually include a sore throat, runny nose, coughing, and body aches. While colds aren’t usually too serious, they can be annoying. Most over-the-counter pain relievers, such as Tylenol and Advil, can help you relieve some of your symptoms.

If you are experiencing constant itchy ears and throat, schedule an appointment with Dr. Marc Dean today!

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