Treatment of Ear Psoriasis
Psoriasis-Ltd III is a soothing blend of body minerals specially formulated to work synergistically with your skin to improve the appearance of ear psoriasis. Psoriasis-Ltd may be applied to the outer surface of the ear to improve the appearance of scales, redness and irritation. You may apply by using a wet cotton Q-Tip and glide the moistened Q-Tip over the Psoriasis-Ltd III disk to get a small amount of the ingredients on the Q-Tip swab. Then glide the Q-Tip swab over the affected area of the ear. The ingredients of Psoriasis-Ltd III disk will dissolve into the affected skin area when it is glided over the wet skin. Apply Psoriasis-Ltd III at least two times per day, or as time allows.
Treatment of ear psoriasis involves avoidance of the cause of irritation. Silicon hearing aids, which are hypoallergenic, may be substituted in the case of a hearing aid allergy. Using stainless steel or gold ear rings until the ear ring tract has healed adequately may prevent an allergic reaction to earrings.
Always be careful in cleaning the ears as the eardrum is very sensitive and everyone wants to keep 100% of their hearing. Normally with some thought and care, a Q-Tip can be used to clean the ears, but always be careful not to touch the eardrum. Use a good quality Q-Tip to ensure that the cotton swab on the end does not dislodge or fall off deep into the ear to result in a trip to the ENT doctor for removal.
What is Ear Psoriasis
Psoriasis generally occurs in the external ear canal, not inside the ear or behind the eardrum. It also occurs behind the ear so this area has to be checked to look for the plaques if the diagnosis of psoriasis is considered. Dryness of the skin in the ear, with some scaling is characteristic of psoriasis.
Psoriasis in the ears can cause buildup that could block the ear canal and impair hearing at the same time. Approximately 18% of patients with psoriasis experience ear psoriasis involvement, which can include the outer ear and inner ear.
Cause of Ear Psoriasis
What cause's ear psoriasis is unknown, but there is a good correlation with infections, trauma, or an immune system triggered response.
Infections resulting from an immune triggered response include but are not limited to the ingredients in hair products such as shampoo, conditioner, hair dyes, hair treatments and so on. Also the ingredients in cosmetics, and topical medications Earrings, hearing aids, and cell phones can also have buildup on them, which is then transferred back the ear canal. Topical medications including neomycin, tobramycin, gentamicin) or topical anesthetic agents, such as benzocaine, may also trigger an immune system response. Earrings, especially those made of nickel, cobalt, palladium, or white or yellow gold, may also trigger an allergic response. Chromium, a metal commonly used in cell phones can trigger an immune system response. For a list of additional causes of contact irritants please visit the International Eczema-Psoriasis Foundation.
Another cause of infection is excessive moisture in the ear. Otitis externa commonly known as swimmer's ear is an infection of the ear canal, the tubular opening that carries sounds from the outside of the body to the eardrum. It can be caused by many different types of bacteria or fungi. Excessive moisture can provide an ideal warm moist environment for bacteria and fungus to grow which causes inflammation of the skin which reduces hearing as well and could possibly and ear ache. In temperate climates, otitis externa occurs more often in summertime, when swimming is common. Dry skin, psoriasis, scratching the ear canal, vigorous ear cleaning with cotton-tipped applicators, or inserting foreign objects like bobby pins or paper clips into the ear can all increase the risk of developing otitis externa.
Inflammation of the of the outer ear may result from trauma or injury such as pressure from hearing devices, or headbands. Other factors can be exposure to radiation; or environmental irritants such as the chemicals used to clean hearing aids.