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Ear itching Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Ear itching. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had the ear itching?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. Have you been swimming recently and where?

    Why: may suggest otitis externa or an allergic reaction to chlorine.

  3. Has there been any trauma to ear canal?

    Why: may suggest otitis externa.

  4. Do you clean your ears out with ear buds or by any other mechanism?

    Why: this will result in a disruption of the natural protective mechanisms of the ear canal and predispose to otitis externa.

  5. Have you used any new cosmetic products recently?

    Why: e.g. hair spray may cause a reaction inside of ears.

  6. Past history of skin conditions?

    Why: e.g. eczema, psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis may occur in the ear canal and cause itch. Each of these skin conditions may then be complicated by an outer ear infection which will cause ear pain, discharge and sometimes hearing loss.

  7. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. presence of allergic type conditions such as asthma and hay fever may suggest the possible presence of eczema in the ear canal which may cause ear itch.

  8. Ear pain?

    Why: may suggest otitis externa.

  9. Symptoms of otitis externa?

    Why: e.g. itching at first, ear pain, fullness feeling in the ear canal, mild discharge, hearing loss.

  10. Ear discharge?

    Why: may suggest otitis media.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Ear itching:

The following list of conditions have 'Ear itching' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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