By Bjarne Lühr Hansen PhD, MD and Philipp Skafte-Holm MD, Mentor Institute
Eczema in the ear canal is a condition commonly seen in adults, but schoolchildren can also be affected. It is estimated that 10% of all at one time get eczema in the ear canal.
The condition is often caused by increased moisture in the air or that water has flowed into the ear canal. The disorder is therefore seen particularly frequently when you are on holiday in the hot countries with the use of swimming pool. People who use hearing aids also have an increased risk.
Itching and pain in the ear canal may be signs of eczema. The pain is often very pronounced.
There may also be some fluid out of the ear. Many at the same time have easy hearing loss. If you pull outwards in your ear, the pain is worse.
Eczema in the ear canal is often complicated with inflammation, where bacteria or fungi grow in the ear canal. In case of inflammation, itching and pain in the ear canal increase.