An unpleasant burning feeling may also accompany hot ears, which frequently take on a crimson hue. There is usually a simple explanation for it, and it does occur rarely. The “hills and valleys” of the outer ear gather sound waves and direct them into the auditory canal.
The skin of the outer ear is thin and sensitive. However, on occasion, events may lead to vasodilation, in which blood flows to the external ear, giving the appearance of being hot, red, and irritated. Your ears may be uncomfortable to touch if they are warm. Both ears may be impacted by this disorder.
Let’s take a look at the things that can make your ears become hot suddenly
Why do my ears get hot suddenly?
Hot ears can result from a variety of things. Several factors are included and discussed below.
A variation in the temperature
Vasoconstriction, which reduces blood flow to the surface of your body, can be brought on by being in extremely cold conditions. Vasoconstriction can occur in your cheeks, nose, and ears. This may be the reason why your ears suddenly get hot.
Red ears may result from the body attempting to self-regulate its blood flow while it adjusts to the temperature while participating in other outside activities.
Sometimes an emotion, such as wrath, humiliation, or anxiety, causes the ears to become hot. Once you are relieved of that emotion, your ears should begin to cool.
Like any other part of your body, your ears can get burnt. If you get hot ears after being in the sun and the area turns red, crusty, or flaking, you may have a sunburn.
However, in addition to a fever, headache, lack of appetite, and loss of balance, youngsters can also experience such symptoms.
A virus or bacterium can cause ear infections in the middle ear. Find out more about ear infections, including their potential causes and remedies.
Red ear syndrome (RES)
Burning pain in the ear is a symptom of the rare illness known as red ear syndrome (RES). Normal daily activities including tension, neck motions, touching, effort, and washing or brushing your hair might cause it.
It can affect one or both ears, and a migraine may occasionally accompany it. RES can continue for minutes to hours, occur numerous times each day, or recur after a few days.
RES is difficult to cure and can cause moderate discomfort all the way up to severe agony.
Menopause and other hormonal changes, such as those brought on by chemotherapy drugs, might result in hot ears.
You might feel warm all over after a hot flash. In most cases, symptoms get better with time.
Another uncommon illness known as erythermalgia (also known as erythromelalgia or EM) causes scorching pain and redness in one or more of the limbs. Rarely, it only affects a person’s face and ears. Mild exertion or warm weather frequently triggers EM.
Usually, the pain is so bad that it interferes with daily life. In extremely rare circumstances, the illness might be triggered by certain food, such as oranges.
Damage to the Ear or Trauma
The ear frequently becomes hot and red after suffering an injury or trauma. You can hurt your ear in a number of ways, including by getting it pierced, getting a scratch, or getting a bug bite. Until the issue heals, taking painkillers may be the best course of action.
A protective helmet that protects the ears should be worn when engaging in activities like biking or skating as a preventative measure.
Seborrheic eczema, which is more prevalent, is a skin ailment that causes red, hot, scaly spots on the head, upper back, and face in addition to the ears.
Although stress, hormonal fluctuations, and even strong detergents can cause it to flare up, it frequently follows a pattern of flare-up and clearing that can last for years.
Pain in the trigeminal nerve
Trigeminal Neuralgia, which affects the jaw, neck, lower face, and ears, might start out moderate but will get worse if left untreated. The discomfort, which is often intense and is brought on by everyday activities like eating or cleaning your teeth, should be addressed by a doctor as soon as possible.
Hot ears treatment
Your doctor will need to identify the underlying condition before taking any action because the therapy for hot ears relies on the reason. Consult a doctor for advice if you’re unsure of the cause of your hot ears or if they have an effect on your everyday life.
While some causes respond the same to therapy, others may worsen if handled improperly. For instance, while using ice and soaking is normally beneficial, doing so to treat erythermalgia can be dangerous because the intense cold may not be felt by the affected body part.
Here are a few treatment methods you can try
- For preventive, wear a hat or sunscreen. Aloe vera, hydrocortisone ointment, and ice packs can all aid in the healing process after a sunburn.
- Wear an ear muff or cap to protect your ears. Keep in mind that sunburns can happen even when it’s freezing outside, particularly if the sun is reflected off of snow or ice.
- After a few days, an ear infection could go away on its own. A warm compress or over-the-counter analgesics may be beneficial.
- Layer your clothes so you may take them off and put them on as needed. Steer clear of alcohol, coffee, and spicy meals.
- NSAIDs, ice packs, and other over-the-counter or prescription medications like gabapentin (Neurontin) or propranolol can be used to treat the symptoms of red ears syndrome (Inderal).
- Elevate or chill the affected area of the body to relieve erythermalgia without using ice or bathing, which might hurt the area.
- You can also use over-the-counter painkillers or prescription drugs like pregabalin or gabapentin (Neurontin) (Lyrica). However, as always, you need to talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking any of such medications.
The treatment varies depending on the ailment that gave rise to the hot ears because there are many potential causes. Some ailments, like ear infections and sunburns, are very typical and simple to treat.
Others, like red ear syndrome, are extremely uncommon, and doctors are still trying to figure out what causes them and how to treat them.
List all of your symptoms, the duration of the hotness, and whether anything specific preceding it before seeking medical attention.
Your doctor’s ability to diagnose you accurately and expedite your treatment and recovery depends on how much background information they have about you.
WRITTEN AND EDITED RESPECTIVELY BY:
Dr. Ehoneah Obed is a registered pharmacist and a member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana. He has a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and has experience working in a Tertiary hospital as well as various community pharmacies. He is also a software engineer interested in healthcare technologies.
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