Having a pimple inside the ear canal is among the most painful pimples one can ever have. It is not easy to pop it compared to that on cartilage or earlobe. It needs a lot of care.
Also, it is very uncomfortable especially with the urge to scratch which makes it worse on scratching. The good thing about zits in the ear is that one can treat them from home. These pimples appear at the ear canal, a passageway that connects its outer or external part to the eardrums.
The body has pores that have follicles with hair and oil glands. The oil gland produces oil that travels up the hair to lubricate the skin. If there is too much sebum, dead skin cells, and growth of microorganisms, then the pores are clogged, and one gets acne such as pimples, blackheads, whiteheads among other forms of acne.
Pimples, or what is referred to as zits including the milder forms such as whiteheads or blackheads can show up anywhere on the body so long as the part of the body has skin cells, oil-producing glands, and hair cells. Bacteria and anything which introduces dirt into the ear will cause pimples.
In addition, bacteria in the ear canal causes external otitis, which in some rare cases, it’s caused by fungi. Injuring your canal during cleaning (if using cotton swabs) or getting irritants and water (hair sprays/ hair dye) into the canal will lead to external otitis.
It is also common after swimming and this kind is referred to as swimmer’s ear. Hearing aids and earplugs also cause it, especially if not properly cleaned. The infection of a hair follicle causes red, small pimple-like bumps in the ear canal. Such can get very painful and will sometimes contain white or yellow pus.
Sometimes, the pimples caused by furunculosis turn into boils that can grow very large and block the affected ear canal’s interior. If this happens, you can get a temporary hearing loss.
Some of the other causes include:
There are several treatment methods one can use to treat zits in this area as well as reduce pain. You can use over the counter medicine or home remedies. Let us begin with home remedies.
These home remedies will help kill infections, reduce pain, and drain pus or discharge in the ear.
Soak a clean cloth in hot water, wring it thoroughly and then press it on the pimple for 10 to 15 minutes this will help reduce the soreness and inflammation.
Contains antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. The National Library of Medicine reports that tea tree oil is effective in getting rid of pimples and acne. It also reduces the symptoms of acne outbreaks.
For effective use, put two drops on a cotton bud and apply it gently to the pimple. Take care not to put the bud too far into the inner ear. Repeat this twice or thrice a day. It will reduce inflammation and heal the pimple.
Tea tree oil can also be mixed with Coconut oil. Coconut oil contains lauric acid, an antimicrobial that kills some strains of bacteria. It also reduces inflammation in acne and is an effective treatment for the same according to the Healthy and Natural World.
Mix 3 drops of tea tree oil with a tablespoon of virgin coconut oil. Apply the mixture to the zit in your ear using a cotton swab. Massage it gently into the pimple and the surrounding skin. Apply twice or thrice a day or till the bump in your ear goes away completely.
Witch hazel will help drain the pimple off pus and heal it. For effective use, mix 1 drop of witch hazel with three drops of tea tree oil and 3 drops of lavender oil. Apply to the pimple using a cotton ball and allow to dry. Repeat twice or thrice a day until the pimple heals.
Use it while diluted, raw, and unprocessed to get rid of painful zits in the ear. Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid that helps dissolve dead skin cell layers which can block pores. This helps prevent pimples. It also contains antiseptic properties that help remove bacteria and prevent infections.
Aloe Vera eases skin inflammation and speeds up healing. It can also be used on sensitive skin. Applying it reduces bacterial infections and reduces the itchiness.
If you get continuous breakouts in your ear, consult a doctor. Treatment options will include:
Do not pop the zit in your ear. This could spread the infection or worse. This is because when you do it, pus and bacteria can get deeper into the pores causing inflammation and irritation. The area will also scab if pus comes out of the pimple, causing the development of a scar.
Picking, squeezing, or poking the pimple can make it infected turning the pimple into a boil.
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