Tickling in Ear [Causes and Cures]

Do you get Tickling in Ear then find out why

Tickling in Ear or itching in ear can be very disturbing and annoying. This condition can be caused by various causes.

An itchy ear may not be a serious problem but treating the symptoms can be difficult.

Before you start putting your finger into the ear canal, it is very important to identify the real problem and the cause.


This will help you get the right treatment for the condition.

Tickling in Ear Causes

In this article, we will discuss causes, treatment and prevention of Tickling in Ear. You cannot treat something that you have not identified the cause. If you want to treat this problem, you must first know what caused the trickling! We will discuss the causes of itching

Ear wax

This is number one cause of tickling in ear. Too much of anything is not good. This is true in this case as well. If you have too much wax, it can cause hearing problem. Treatment may require your doctor to remove the wax so as to alleviate the symptoms.

Of course wax is good for the ear but too much of it can be disastrous.

It is also true that if you do not have enough wax in the ear, the skin may become irritated and dry. This may cause itching. This problem is common in swimmers. In this case, you need to apply a drop of olive oil with a cotton swab. This will alleviate all kind of discomforts.


There are people who are very sensitive. In such a case, allergies may cause tickling. In case of any allergic reaction, your body may release histamines; this is most likely to cause itching(1). The doctor may prescribe antihistamine to reduce the effects of allergic reactions.

Fungal Infections

Fungal infection is one of the causes of ear itching or tickling. Swimming enthusiasts and those people that are more exposed to moist conditions. Are more likely to experience this problem. Ensure that your ear canals are dry and use anti-fungal medications in case of this problem.

Skin Conditions

There are skin conditions that cause tickling. Conditions such as dermatitis, seborrheic, psoriasis or eczema are known to cause tickling. These skin conditions may also affect hearing. In such a case, you should apply cream or steroid drops.


Sometimes when you’re asleep, buys may get into your ear canal and this may result to itching. There will be tickling as the bug attempts to leave. A bug can be very disturbing especially if it sticks to the ear wax. You may require the doctor to remove the bug.

Regular Swimming

Swimming can also cause tickling. This is because water may contain germs or fungal contaminants that may cause ear infection. Your inner canal skin may become damaged or broken. This may cause tickling. It has also been proven that swimming may leave excess moisture in your ear and this may lead to eczema.

Cotton Buds

Cotton buds have benefits as well as disadvantages. Cotton buds may help remove excess wax and may also damage the inner part of the ear skin and cause itching. It is important to ensure that the type of ear bud you’re using has been approved by health ministry dealing with ear health. When you’re removing ear wax, you should be extra careful not to damage the inner part as it is very sensitive and fragile.

Hot and Humid Weather

During hot and humid climate, there is a high risk of ear associated infections. These infections may cause tickling.

Other causes of tickling in ear are bubble bath, hair dye, hairspray, shampoo, styling gel, shower gel and much more. When you’re using these products it is advisable to ensure that they don’t go close to your ear as this may cause infections and other ear related problems. Your ear skin may get irritated and sensitivity is likely to increase.

Treatment for Tickling in Ear

Anatomy of an ear
Anatomy of an ear

Below you will find some remedies for tickling in the ear. Never scratch your inner ear. This may cause a lot of damage and irritation.

Oil Drops

You should put some drops of pure vegetable oil to alleviate the discomfort. It is always good to seek doctors advice before doing anything. Your ear is one of the most sensitive parts and should be handled with a lot of care.

Water and Alcohol

If your ear has bugs or debris, the doctor may choose to use water and alcohol to flush out the bug and debris. A bulb syringe is used. The syringe is also used to drain water or any other type of fluid from the ear if it is necessary.

Soften Wax

If there is a wax build up in your ear and you’re experiencing itching or tickling, you must never use a foreign object to remove the wax but instead warm a cloth and lie down and place the clothing over your ear. This will help melt or soften the wax. The wax will slide out from the ear and you will no longer have discomfort related to excess wax.

Keep your Ear Dry

This will lower the risk of irritation. Every time you’re swimming, it is important to wear a swim cap. This will keep water away from entering into the ear. This will also help avoid contaminated water from causing infections in your ear.

Use Peroxide

Firstly be careful when using Peroxide and consult a medical professional. Peroxide has been proven to help solve the problem of tickling as it helps remove excess wax from your ears. If you have excess wax, you just need to put in some peroxide and then turn the head.

Prevention for Itchy Ears

Every time you’re showering, you should use cotton ball to prevent water from getting into your ear through the ear canal. Ensure that you don’t put the cotton ball deep into the ear to avoid irritations.

Avoid chemical products that can cause irritation

Ensure that products such as shampoos do not enter into the ear as it may cause irritations. Be very careful when you’re using these kinds of products.

Never put anything hard inside the ear

Hard objects or rough cotton buds may not be effective. Your inner skin of the ear is very sensitive. Anything hard can cause irritation and later infections. The best thing is to avoid objects that can hurt your ear.

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