5 Common Causes of Dry Ear Canals

By gahear on July 12, 2022 in Ear Health

It’s not always easy to tell when your ears are dry. Many people go for years without realizing there’s a problem. The good news is that dry ear canals are usually easy to prevent and treat. Here, we will discuss the most common causes of dry ear canals.

Skin Conditions

There are many different skin conditions, but they all have one thing in common: they cause changes in the way your skin looks, feels, or behaves. Some skin conditions are linked to dry ears.

Eczema

Eczema is often seen in people who have a history of allergies or asthma. It’s not contagious, and it’s often seen in children – but it also affects people of all ages. The most common type of eczema is atopic dermatitis. It’s a persistent condition that occasionally flares up, especially when exposed to irritants. Eczema can affect the ears, causing dryness and discomfort.

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that can cause the skin to be dry, itchy, red, and cracked. It’s often seen in people who have a family history. It’s not contagious, but it can be very itchy. It can affect any area on the body, including the ear canal. Since the dead skin cells accumulate in the ear canal, it can create a waxy buildup. This can lead to itchiness, flaking, and even pain.

Seborrheic Dermatitis

This condition is characterized by dry, scaly patches of skin that can be itchy and uncomfortable. An overgrowth of a yeast-like fungus often causes seborrheic dermatitis, and it’s more common in people with oily skin or who suffer from conditions like psoriasis. The oiliest parts of the body, such as the scalp, face, eyebrows, eyelids, nose, and ears, are most frequently affected by this illness. It is characterized by white, yellow, flaky, or crusty scales.

External Factors

Dry ear canals can also be caused out external factors or lifestyle habits, and thus you can mitigate dry ears by making some changes. Here are just a few external causes.

Dry weather and dehydration

Dry weather can cause dry, crusty ears when the air is dry. This is because the climate evaporates the moisture in the ear. When your body is dehydrated, your skin can become dry, cracked, and irritated leading to dry ear canals.

Excessive cleaning

While cleaning your ears is sometimes needed, doing so too often can strip away the natural oils that protect your skin. This can leave your ear vulnerable to irritation and dryness. Swimming in chlorinated pools can also strip away the natural oils in your skin.

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