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From: B. Harris)
Subject: Re: ear itch
Date: 31 Oct 1996

In <> richie <>

>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.

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