From: firstname.lastname@example.org(Steven B. Harris)
Subject: Re: ear itch
Date: 31 Oct 1996
In <32779FCF.144F@arlington.net> richie <email@example.com>
>The doctor says he doesn't know why it itches and has not suggested a
>remedy. I am not a swimmer, but do take showers. The best I can come up
>with to stop the itching is to swab with a Q-Tip and hyd. peroxide.
That's a good start. If your doc has looked, and you don't have a
perforated eardrum (watch that Q-tip), you can try putting some triple
antibiotic ointment (neomycin-bacitracin-polymyxin B) into your ear.
Push it in with some rolled up Kleenex (NOT the Q-tip). Repeat twice a
day for a week. There are somewhat better ear drops, but they require
a prescription. The ointment is messy, but will work. At least, it
will work if you have bacterial otitis externa, the most common cause
of ear itch.
Steve Harris, M.D.