What can cause an itchy ear and throat?

There are many different potential causes for itchy ears and a scratchy throat. While most are nothing to worry about, sometimes these symptoms can be a sign of something more significant that’s happening in your body. If you have an itchy ear or throat it’s usually worth seeing an ENT doctor to rule out the possibility of something serious. These are some of the most common reasons why you might have an itchy ear and throat.

  • Allergic rhinitis. This is also known as hayfever and can be the cause of itching in both the ears and the throat, as well as sneezing, a runny nose and other symptoms. Hayfever is an allergic reaction to a substance such as pollen. It usually gets worse when the weather is warm and can be dealt with using over the counter medication.
  • An ear infection. For many people, any troubling sensations in the ear can be attributed to an ear infection. This could be caused by bacteria or viruses or it could be that there is something blocking the ear, such as ear wax or a foreign object. If you’ve been swimming or managed somehow to get water trapped in your ear this can also cause an itchy sensation. Most ear infections will either clear up on their own or can be treated with antibiotics but if they keep recurring an ENT doctor can help you get to the bottom of the issue.
  • Psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis. If you suffer from any of these three itchy, flaky skin conditions anywhere else on your body then they can also cause irritation and itching in and around your ears. You can usually use the same treatment on your ears as anywhere else on your body but if you’re concerned, an ENT doctor may be able to provide reassurance about the best course of action.
  • A throat infection. These can be bacterial or viral. When an infection like this begins to affect your body an itchy throat can be the first indication. There is a wide range of bacterial or viral infections that could cause this, from something as simple as the common cold to a more serious infection that you may need medical help for.
  • A food allergy. If you’re allergic to something you’ve eaten this can cause a range of symptoms in the throat, from mild itching to a serious reaction. Allergies tend to develop over a period of time so if you’re noticing a similar reaction to certain foods it’s a good idea to get tested before it gets worse.
  • Medication allergies. As with food, you can also have an allergic reaction to the medication you’re taking and an itchy throat could be the first sign of this. If you’re experiencing this symptom then it’s important to see your doctor so that they can review the medication you’re taking.

If you’re struggling with itchy ears or an itchy throat these could be some of the reasons for the discomfort. Find out more about how we can sort out your ear, nose and throat issues here.

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