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What causes itchy ears and throat?
26 Feb 2022
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Itching on the legs or hands can be very annoying and you start scratching it irrespective of the body part, but what to do if you have an itchy ear or throat. However, there is nothing much to do because such itches are internal.

The most common reasons for an itchy throat and ears include infections and allergies. So allergens, viruses, and bacteria can all irritate the skin and nerves, resulting in itching. Hay fever is one of the most prevalent allergens that people suffer from. People who suffer from hay fever are allergic to pollen, dust mites, or animal fur. The most common reasons for an itchy throat and ears include infections and allergies. 

Allergens, viruses, and bacteria can all irritate the skin and nerves, resulting in itching. Allergic rhinitis, sometimes known as hay fever, is one of the most prevalent allergens that people suffer from. People who suffer from hay fever are allergic to dust mites, pollen, or animal fur.

What are the common causes for itchy ears and throat?

  1. Viruses and infections

Viruses and infections can produce an itchy throat and ears, however, depending on the virus or infection a person may also have the following symptoms. Infections that can cause itchy ear and throat are,

  • Colds
  • Sinusitis
  • Ear infection
  1. Hay fever

Allergic rhinitis is the medical name for hay fever. When a person’s immune system becomes overly sensitive to a trigger, such as pollen, allergic rhinitis develops. The body responds by attempting to combat the allergen. Swelling, inflammation, and itching result as a reaction to this.

  1. Environmental factors

An itchy throat might occur as a result of environmental variables that are not allergies so these are some examples:

  • Cigarette smoke
  • Perfumes 
  • Strong scented laundry detergent
  • Strong scented cleaning products

What virus causes itchy ears and throat?

Itchy ears might be caused by a cold, the flu, or allergies so this condition can be relieved by treating the underlying cause. Hearing loss can sometimes accompany itchy ears. 

This hearing loss may be brief as a result of your cold, or it may be more serious as a result of the flu virus.

Home remedies

There are few home remedies that experts often recommend, try these measures to deal with itchy nose and throat at home

  • Use Nasal sprays
  • Decongestants
  • Humidifier
  • Use honey to coat throat
  • Throat lozenges
  • Apply ear drops
  • Salt water gargles

Prevention 

A person can take numerous precautions to avoid irritation in their ears and throat. But they can approach this by addressing the underlying causes of these symptoms. A few ways to prevent this condition are:

  1. Washing hands regularly
  2. Keep distance from people who have cold
  3. Avoid getting contact with pollen and dust,
  4. Wear a face mask if going outside.
  5. Keep pets out of the bedroom.
  6. Wash the bedding often.
  7. Schedule regular deep cleans of the home.

When to see a doctor

If your symptoms persist for more than 10 days or intensify over time, contact your doctor. Seek medical attention right away if you have any of the following more serious symptoms.

  • shortness of breath
  • wheezing
  • hives
  • severe headache or sore throat
  • swelling of your face
  • trouble swallowing

If your doctor feels you have allergies, you may be referred to an allergist for skin and blood tests, as well as an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist.

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