This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.
Itching with or without evident dermatitis of the ear canals is a common complaint. Like some other frequent disorders, such as the common cold, its cause is the subject of debate. The many forms of treatment recommended merely attest to the indifferent results following them.
Until the cause of the frequent ailment of itching and dermatitis of the ear canals is better known, it would seem just as well to apply an indifferent name, such as "eczema," to it. For a number of years, there has been a determined effort by some to eliminate the term "eczema" for varieties of dermatitis of the skin. These persons object to the use of the word as connoting some special type of dermatitis which, whatever its clinical distinctions, is not clearly reflected histologically. It is felt here, on the other hand, that the dermatitis of the ear canals should be labeled simply
CORNBLEET T, SCHORR HC. CHLOROMYCETIN® FOR ECZEMA AND PRURITUS OF THE EAR CANAL. AMA Arch Derm Syphilol. 1950;62(6):907–908. doi:10.1001/archderm.1950.01530190141010
Monkeypox Resource Center
Customize your JAMA Network experience by selecting one or more topics from the list below.