What can I do to prevent my scratched-up ear from getting infected?
I have an itch in my ear that will not go away. As much as I try not to scratch, I can't help it. I left it alone for a few days and it built up with a lining of crust. I tried to leave it be, but I kept feeling this tickling sensation, like wax sliding down my ear canal and into the buildup. About an hour ago, I couldn't take it anymore. I scratched violently, and when that didn't work, I took a floss pick, bent it in half and tried to scoop everything out. Nothing. But it felt so good to scratch that I kept going, and now it feels raw, and I just read that I may have just caused a roaring infection.
What steps can I take right now to treat and prevent this? I have peroxide, alcohol, a bulb for irrigation that I never use, and some desoximetasone cream I was supposed to put on my itchy elbow. Can I put that in my inner ear? I'm reading this and chuckling at my own foolishness, but I'd really like to avoid an ear ache. Any suggestions?