Why Have I Got Sore Ears?

Sore ears are a common complaint for many people. There are several reasons for the condition.


Why Have I Got Sore Ears?

Why Have I Got Sore Ears?

Regular swimmers will often find that their ears become sore and itchy. It is caused by the effects of the water and additives such as chlorine on the delicate skin lining the ear. Try rinsing your ears with drinking water or surgical alcohol.

Soap and shampoo.

When you wash your hair a small amount of soap or shampoo may end up in your ears. This can cause soreness as the soap and fragrance in it can irritate the delicate skin lining the ears. Try leaving shampoos and conditioners on for less time. You could wear waterproof earplugs in the shower or bath to keep the soap out. Rinse your ears well after showering.

Eczema and psoriasis.

These skin conditions are types of dermatitis. They cause inflammation and itching of the skin. Sometimes they happen for no apparent reason, sometimes they are set off by allergens and irritants.

If you think you have an ear condition make sure you visit your GP for a checkup. They will need to examine your ears in order to work out what's causing the problem.  You might need some drops containing steroids and an antibiotic if they look inflamed and infected.