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Red, hot ear

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  • Posted By: ready2talk2000
  • January 21, 2007
  • 03:31 AM

Anyone out there ever had their ear get red and hot? I have had this happen with each ear at different times, usuallylasting only a couple hours. This time it has lasted a couple days.

Does anyone have any ideas what causes this and have you had it happen to you? It is getting old!

Thanks,

Deb

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  • yes tonight i did and i have been getting it for a long time, I am not sure someone here in my house told me it was blood pressure!!!!!!!! I am not sure.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 31, 2007
    • 07:00 AM
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  • I have this same thing!!! In my right ear only. I found a lot of useful info on this blog thread. http://www.peterbe.com/plog/blogitem-20031027-2106
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 1, 2007
    • 11:45 PM
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  • I get red hot ears about 1/2 hour after my face does. Mine happens at the same time everyday, and I still don't know what it is. Very annoying though. May have to do with my thyroid. Are you on meds for it? Or maybe it is a side effect of some medication you are taking? Hope you find something out.
    crazybrazy 30 Replies
    • February 6, 2007
    • 07:33 PM
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  • My son's right ear gets this way when he's tired, He can't hide it from us that he's tired, even if he denies it up and down:)
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 7, 2007
    • 08:27 PM
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  • I have the red ear problem...I have been told I have relapsing polychrondritis a rare disease.jennie
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 7, 2007
    • 09:09 PM
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  • Well it's amazing how many people have this. I have put up with this for years. Sometimes I will go a long time without it. Right now it is happening EVERY evening. It is driving me crazy. It is always my left ear. I started calling it hot ear/cold ear years ago to explain it to my wife. I hesitate to go to the doctor because on stuff like this the answer always seems to be, "we don't know what's causing it." But that answer usually comes after so many tests the doctor now drives a new Mercedes.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 9, 2007
    • 01:25 AM
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  • My ear gets red and warm along with a small red blotch on my upper cheek whenever I start drinking adult beverages. It's been like that since I started drinking.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 21, 2007
    • 01:28 AM
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  • i have the same thing i went to the dr and he sent me to a neurologist to get an mri and they told me it was hyperhemia, which is when blood gets trapped in an area of the body and causes it to get red and hot. they have not however found what was causing it. so im still trying. at least i got a name for it. maybe that will give you a place to start.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 28, 2007
    • 01:50 AM
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  • Do you have your ears pierced? Perhaps it's an infection. But no matter what, don't take out your piercing, as that will only trap the bacteria inside your skin!! Try putting on an icepack to soothe it.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 28, 2007
    • 06:50 AM
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  • Hi everyone!I have had this problem for a few years now... it is actually happening right now! It is my left ear and only happens in the afternoon for an hour or two (seems like everyone else is the same!). My ear gets so hot and red, it is so embarrassing... It actually turns so red that my fiance calls it my "blue ear"... almost purple. I have not seen a DR for this problem, as it is more annoying than anything else. Should I????Erin
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  • Hot left ear = someone talking about you in a nice way.Hot left ear = someone talking about you in a bad way.Mines always the right ear !! haha.
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  • I've had two red, hot, swollen ears for about 24 hours! First time this ever happened, so I went to the internet and voila! I find a bunch of people have this! I feel sure it's a sort of intersection between auto-immune disorder and allergic reaction. I read a description once of your overall health as a boat: If overloaded, it won't perform well and can sink. Environmental pollution, allergens, emotional stress, physical injury, poor diet, lack of sleep are some of the loads we put in our boat which cause it to flounder. >I am 46, F, healthy, non-smoker, low BP>I'm of northern european background; there is alcoholism in the family and I've begun drinking more lately>I'm a worrier, bit of a perfectionist, sensitive & detail-oriented; I'm under more stress right now>been diagnosed with Psoriasis (auto-immune over-reaction), allergies, depression, OCD, Tietzes Syndrome (swelling of bone-cartiledge connections in ribs), TMJ, Hypoglycemia>self-diagnosed food sensitivities to walnuts, dairy, sulfites, colorings in some candy My episode started yesterday. I had itchy fore-arms most of the day. By evening my lower legs were red & itchy with an 'orange-peel' texture. I thought it was very weird but not alarming. I took an antihistimine & went to bed. Next day I woke up with the red hot ears! The skin was weeping along the outer rim and one ear was glued to the pillow. My skin elsewhere seemed okay, but the ears became nearly purple, plump, and itched so, so, SO much! Hydrocortisone cream didn't help, but ice felt nice. Then, by evening time again, my arms and legs were warm, red with raised spots and mercilessly itchy! Again I took antihistamine at bedtime (it makes me very sleepy so I won't take any during the day), and, guess what! today it's happening all over again! I'd like to be a sponge and get wrung out! and then rinsed out! get rid of whatever inside that doesn't agree with me!
    Mary V 11 Replies Flag this Response
  • My husband gets this and he was told by family Dr. that it is hormonal.
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  • Yeah, I was told it's hormonal as well, but I thinik it may also be connected to allergies and/or ADHD medications! Isn't that shocking? Yeah, you're not the only one for sure; in fact, I have red ears now!
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  • I am Always Learning and went through similar things as you.After going thru a nast auto accident 6 years ago (as a neglience free passenger) I began to develop whay you describe. The "red swollen ears" syndrome developed while I was still overcoming some acute injuries.It took two years to find a specialist who glanced at my eggplant colored plum sized, painful ear in the emergency room and off handedly said, "Oh, Relapseing Polychrondritis." A rare autoimmune disease. You have it. It is in the cartilage in the body. (For me it is always my ear...top of ear cartilage only.)What? I have it! Sounds gross. So yes, it is sorta like allerigies, combined with stress and lack of sleep and food. Look it up on the net and find a doctor who has heard of this. I had red swollen ears once in a while for years, before it jumped into the serious conditon mentioned above whihc put me in the hosptial for 3 days.I have a flare up right now because I have been off my vitamin protocol (Give to me by a savvy MD)...I just didn't go out and buy 3 of the vitamins I generally take with the others; this as well as some extra stress combined with little to no sleep for 4 days. So I a paying the price now.The price?Ciprofloxacin and Prednisone together is the only thing that will really take care of it. Prednisone - steroids. Now that kind of weight to get off is not a pretty picture. I am still fighting that weight gain.Hope this helps.Always LearningGood luck
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  • Thank you so much for your response. I did encounter RP in my search for information, and, this disorder does sound like the thing... It's a bit frightening. I know I must take charge of my diet and habits. Thanks for the wake-up!
    Mary V 11 Replies Flag this Response
  • My husband has high blood pressure, I can tell by looking at his ears if his blood pressure is too high... Also, my female friend says her ears get hot when her blood pressure is high... there has to be a connection. Different doctors have different opinions...
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  • Both my children aged 9 and 7 get burning hot red ears.Sometimes one (on either side) but often both. If I apply a cold cloth within minutes it feels like I have hot cloth. It really distresses them and they become quite agitated and tearful (even badly behaved ) The heat and redness occassionally spreads across their eyelids. Both children report pain. It is important to note that my own mother has suffered from this since childhood but doctors keep telling her it is a sign of menopause ! Clearly it isn't.I don't suffer from the condition (what ever it is ) at all.
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  • It's known as 'ear blushing' an emotional reaction to something
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 21, 2007
    • 07:05 AM
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  • Well, just call us the Red Hot Ear army, ive had this problem also, its very rare to get and science hasent quite found out what exactly it is but theyve got the basic things down....yep....
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 29, 2007
    • 11:25 PM
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