I grew up with eczema on and off and "sensitive " skin and some old time treatments from dermatologists which would be questionable by today's standards (gentian violet and even x-rays). For several years I fought seborreic dermatitis. More recently at 66 I have ear eczema. It is cyclical- itch reddening, thick skin, weeping. My dermatologist recommended cortisone cream or otic drops. These do not totally get rid. I try not to stay on cortisone. Even with I have breakouts. I have noticed several times following the weeping skin, I get ear infections and the last 3 bad ones, I had vertigo. I am careful about soaps and lotions. Perhaps food allergies? Is there any oil or treatment to get away from cortisone which doesn't work?