1. Close to means near.
Your house is close to the metro station.
They are sitting close to each other.
2. Close to indicates a very friendly or intimate relationship.
She is very close to her older sister.
3. Close to (adverb) can mean almost.
I wrote close to fifty invitations this morning.
Check the ingredients in your shampoo
This tip is less common, but it could help you avoid discomfort and discourage you from scratching your ear canal. Watch out for shampoo that contains methylparabens, Dr. Alexiades says. Shampoos that have those tend to be very drying and irritating to the ear canal, and can cause itchiness. Avoid getting shampoo in your ear canal, or switch shampoos. If you follow this advice and your ears still itch, allergies could be the culprit, so check with your doctor.