What other symptoms might occur with ear itching?

Ear itching may be accompanied by other symptoms, depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Certain conditions that cause ear itching may also involve other body systems.

Related localized symptoms that may occur along with ear itching

Ear itching may be accompanied by other localized symptoms including:

  • Crusting or flaking skin
  • Drainage or discharge from the ear
  • Rash
  • Redness, warmth or swelling
  • Tenderness or pain

Other symptoms that may occur along with ear itching

Ear itching may accompany symptoms related to other body systems including:

  • Cough
  • Fever and chills
  • Headache
  • Joint stiffness and pain
  • Rash
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Sore throat
  • Sweating

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, ear itching may occur with other symptoms that might indicate a serious condition that should be evaluated immediately in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have ear itching along with other serious symptoms including:

  • Change in level of consciousness or alertness, such as passing out or unresponsiveness
  • Respiratory or breathing problems, such as shortness of breath, difficulty breathing or inability to breathe, labored breathing, wheezing, or choking
  • Sudden swelling of the face, lips or tongue
  • Tightness or constriction in the throat

What is ear itching?

Ear itching is a tickling, irritating sensation accompanied by the persistent need to scratch your ear. Redness, swelling, soreness, flaking and scarring may occur in the area of itchiness. The medical term for itchiness is pruritus. Although scratching may temporarily relieve your symptoms, it can cause more irritation or lead to an infection. With most cases of itching, it is best to refrain ... Read more about ear itchingintroduction


What causes ear itching?

Ear itching may have many possible causes, including allergens (agents that cause allergies), infections, autoimmune disorders, or other causes, such as stress.

Allergic causes of ear itching

Ear itching could be an allergic reaction to any of the following:

  • Certain foods Read more about ear itchingcauses

Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 1, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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