One hot ear

28 October 2003   1234 comments   Kung Fu

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One hot ear Yesterday Sunday I went to one of Dennis kung fu camps in St Albans. It was a beautiful day with a chilled breeze.

We practised a two-man-pattern that I've never even seen before and it was great fun.

Just as it was getting dark I was just about the only one left in the field practising my patterns. (A pattern is a combination of movements you perform on your own to remember and learn your kung fu principles.) After a few runs I notice a strange thing. One of my ears got really hot. My forehead was normal and the other ear was really cold as normal. It was just like when you're about to get a fever except it was only the ear.

Strange but interesting since I've never experienced this. And no, there is no simple geometric explaination for it. It's got to be internal; or?

Comments

P
I've had that happen while doing qi gong and during meditation. No explanation yet!
alex
hey,
wow who would have thought there would be a small army of hot ear people. Here u are, and i'm one of them, my left ear, has been hot for over an hour now, and i started doing some research and found u guys, i have had hot ears in the past, but never just one, it is strange and has happened a few times, anyone finds out more info, please post it, it has been affecting my sleep slightly, thanks and hope your ears are cooling off soon, mine better be,
later
Anonymous
both of my ears do this, actually right now for no apparent reason; I don't get it!
mike heenan
this happens to me all the time after I drink the night before. It's weird, sometimes the right ear gets hot for about an hour or so and sometimes it moves over to the other ear. Both are never hot at the same time
Dan
Same here! I keep getting my ears red for no reason. People notice at school and make fun of me because of it. I would like to know why and stop it. When I bluch, my ears go red... Its weird... my face doesnt! I want to stop this redness! :(
Patrick
I guess misery loves company ...
I too have had this same problem! It has probably been going on for 2-3 years and seems to be getting worse!
Like clockwork my right ear gets red every evening between 8-10pm. It can and does occur throughout the day also!
I recently gave up drinking wine (due to what I have read here), and it seemed like the ear did not get red for a few days ... then it started again just like everyday, so back to the wine!
I note that heat (hot rooms) activates the redness as does sexual activity?
I get an aura, tinnitus, right jaw pain in association with the red ear?
Am presently being worked up for Relapsing Polychondritis ... don't know which is worse? My Rheumatologist did not seem to know about Red Ear Syndrome!
God bless you all ...
cassandra
Interesting! Very Interesting! I have experienced the one red "hot" ear as long as I can remember. I am 38 yrs old. My 17 yr old daughter also has this happen and most recently my friends little guy who is almost 7 has this one red hot ear thtoday g... The interesting thing about all of us... we've bben diagnosed with ADHD. I have also been researching other possible disorders, i.e. sleep disorders and ODD in my daughter. Working with a therapists to look closer at a few things but was just on line and decided to start my research. The red hot ear definelety shows up at times of stress, tension, anger is in the midst.
Anonymous
You must have testing for Polychondritis Relapse. This disease is often ovelooked because it is so rare. My grandson has this syndrome. The potential life threatening results need to be addressed and treated if possible.
melissa
hi! I am just stunned right now to read your email. I am "searching" today b/c of my 6 yr old son and his red ear! he has been suffering with this for his entire life! we've talked to drs. about it but it was passed off as no big deal (and it's really not a HUGE deal but very bothersome to him at times!) what is most interesting to me is that my son also has been considered to have ODD! i would love to know anything you find out about this! please pass it on if it is not an inconvenience. i will do the same. thank you in advance and have a great day. i feel better right now just knowing that there are others out there who experience this!!
Patrick
Patrick again!!!
Just wanted to let you know that the Rheumatologist has ruled out Relapsing Polychondritis (thank goodness) and has now referred me to a Neurologist to work me up for Trigeminal Neuralgia! I don't have the severe pain that these people do, but there may be some relation to the symptoms?
Just saw my ENT MD and he thought it might be related to TMJ syndrome?
I'm getting sick of seeing specialists and no one has the correct answer!!!
While I wait on the appointment with the Neurologist I will set up a meeting with an Acupuncturist who also does massages!
MY ENT MD suggested that an epidemiological approach to this syndrome would be very beneficial for data collection! Any researchers out there?
terry
Patrick,

I have the same symptoms like you ! However my Rheumatologist says there are no tests that will confirm Relapsing Polychondritis. How did your Rheumatologist rule out Relpasing Polychondrities for you ?
Bridger
Patrick -
Let me know if you find anything out. My ears started doing the same thing a few weeks ago - like clockwork right at 815pm each night. Right ear way more red than the left but both glowing hot. I had gone on a fluoride free diet (no fluoride toothpaste and only bottled water)two weeks previously as it was suspected that fluoride negatively affects my thyroid gland. Its like my ears are trying to purge something each night. Your post caught me as I have been stunned at the timing of the event so exact each night.
Dani
Take your ears away from the heaters dumb asses!
P
It's also always only the right ear. How about yours?
Julie
This is strange for me also, it is my right ear, that even turns very red, this happens at least once a week.
Peter
this happens when you do what?
Pravin
Hi,
This is Pravin, yesterday one of my colleagues pointed that my left ear has turned red. This really put me off having no such info. that others also have such a thing, but now I feel much better having read about your experience
Harry Nygaard
I've been bothered by "Lots" of allergies most my life...Hint.Hint....but I saw today, that both ears are red, the left more than the right, and Both are hot..I like the date above..my birthday..I think red ears mean your horny, ie the hormones are up...And probably there is a virus irritation.
I don't think it's anything else but a minor virus that loves the heat from allergic reactions to whatever....Yes, I'm concerned...But try finding a doctor who either knows or cares..I think there is also a very minor middle ear irritation..again a virus.

Aside..The body is FULL of viruses..we are carrying a galactic number and species of these little mothers..the essence of the true life form..Viri!!

If anyone KNOWS something, please send to me..Thanks. I don't like "The Red Hot Ear Syndrome."

HN.
angie
I have experienced the same condition ever since I can remember, am 32 now
and had it happen today twice, which
was really weird, I always blew it off
and believed the old wives tale, that
someone is talking about me. Without
trying to sound nutty, I wonder
if it is a special gift or something,
because it doesn't itch, or anything,
all of a sudden it is just extremely hot. Kind of like if you happen to touch a hot pepper and not wash your
hands immediately. At least that is
the best way I can describe it. Oh,
and it happened around 1:00 p.m. and
I was at work, both times I was upset
at a situation that occurred.
Cindy
I just noticed that my left ear gets red and hot. I noticed it right now at time that I am a bit upset. I know it has happened before, I thought it was an allergic reaction to an earring or something. I do believe it is related to being upset, possible hbp which I will check with my doctor. Or someone is just doing me wrong and I have six sense!
Mike C.
My ears - yes both - have gotten warm and red before with no real explanation. A couple days ago, they got so hot they were almost painful! And the shade of red was approaching a purple-ish color! This lasted for a little more than an hour and then my ears returned to a normal temperature and color. Wondering if anybody else has experienced similar traits? There is no pattern to how often the "red ear syndrome" strikes me, but it is a few times each month where it's very noticable.
Barbara Ford
my left ear got so hot and red that it was hot to the touch. It kept on grtting hotter until i couldn't stand. Once the burning stopped my ear coole down it was much darker than the other one. It appeared to have been burned. My other ear does it also, but not at the same time.
carole
i have been getting hot ears only after 7pm for about a year. just wathing tv or cooking dinner. Some say its a hot flash others thyroid..who knows..docs think i am crazy
Peter
Yes, for me it was the right ear too.

Are you a student of Fujian White Crane mr. P?
Don
I ALSO GET ONE HOT EAR AND I'VE NOTICED A CORRELATION WITH LACK OF SLEEP. SOMETIMES MY LEFT AND SOMETIMES MY RIGHT EAR.
Marty
I have had this ear problem(?)for a few years now, and my son age 11 also experiences it occasionally; a redness and hotness to it that's somewhat uncomfortable; usually one at a time. And I try to link it with lake of sleep or tiredness. Is it a symptom of high blood pressure? Help needed.
Amit
My son of about 8 years age also gets this one ear getting hot frequently . Is it an anomaly. Please do let me know
chiwhippit
My son is 9 and for the last week his right ear has gotten red and hot in the evening. What is this?
Lisa
Hi Guys, I am writing to ask if you know of any QiQong classes in St Albans?

Maybe the ear thing is showing an imbalance of your left and right/ yin/yang male/female. It would explain the lack of sleep due to the imbalance.
Paige
I get red ear many times, but especially when I'm stressed or in an uncomfortable position. It's embarassing when I'm talking to someone and it starts up, but i know a lot of people that get the same thing so it's no big deal, it's just annoying. Sometimes it just happens though from touching it. Its wierd, and its always my left ear!
Anonymous
This started happening to me after a motorcycle accident and it also happens when I am anxious or stressed also. Actually, it's happening right now and that's how I found this site. I can't figure out what it is. I know that also now I get earaches and it sounds like the ocean in my ear - the blood rushing, of course. Not glad to hear you all have it but glad to know I'm not alone. Blood not flowing properly maybe - is the ear canal inflamed so it can't flow correctly? How do we fix it?
Anonymous
Meant to also say it's usually only one ear and it's my left ear.
Peter
Lisa, I don't know of any in St Albans.

Yeah it must be an imbalance but of what? Or more importantly, why?
If it had anything to with the left part (the estetic) of the brain is working excessivly hard, then why don't you get a hot left ear when you do lots of math?
Jessica
I do math for a living, accounting and finance type stuff and I get hot left ear all of the time! Especially when I have been working extra hard!
Emily
I get hot left ear a lot, especially when I am working (I do math for a living as well). However, I get hot right ear when I am upset about something. Hmmm...interesting, isn't it?
casper
I get it and asked my doctor about it; he says it is a form of migraine.
Dan
I also have this problem....it's nice to know I'm not the only one...I haven't found anything to fix the problem but as soon as I do, I'll post it....I think it's really important that we all just give tips that have helped them and maybe we'll find something that works for ourselves...I normally get the problem when I've been drinking...it never happens during the day...only after dinner...im going to try sleeping more and see if that helps
Anonymous
I have the same left ear problem also and mainly 10-15 mins after dinner sometimes with feelings of tightness in the neck and throbbing in my head weird!
Anonymous
You must get medical attention asap. Call a rheumatologist who is aware of Polychondritis Relaps. Your symptoms need immediate attention.
Anonymous
my ear is annoying me.
Patrick
Thanks for this info. I hope you're feeling better. For the past few weeks my right ear has been hot. I've also experienced heat/discomfort behind the ear. I have been very stressed and not sleeping well. I was wondering if it was a migraine. It has been difficult to find any real info on these symptoms.
Anonymous
I am so glad that I'm not the only person with this problem. I have found some discussions on the internet about Red Ear Syndrome which does seem to be connected with migraines (which I get) among other things. It often seems to happen when I'm feeling tired (as do the migraines) and can be either ear but not both at the same time. It's bizarre.
Ric
Hey all, i get hot ears to!!!! like sometime it can b right and sometimes it can be left, and i was always told it coz someone is talking bout U!!
And im not a very bright person so i dont use my brain alot.
Jason
I have episodes where both my ears will become burning hot and bright red. The rest of my body feels normal. I also notice that when this is happening my eyes feel tired and sensitive. I tried the tongue trick and it seemed to actually take most of the burning away. I was shocked that it helped. I have heard only that this is related to an increase in blood pressure in the head. If I only new more.....
Ali
i have this problem my right ear is red and hot. can u plz tell me what is tongue trick . i dont know about this. so plz can u tell me how can i use that . a s a p. thank u .Ali
debra
my son is 14 and complains with hot red ears frequently please let me know about this tongue trick thanks
bob
Could you please tell me the tongue trick. I have rhe same left ear sydrome
Laura
I get this on both ears pretty much everyday. Gets worse in the hotter weather. I am getting married soon and I dont want it to happen at my wedding. Any solutions to this embarassing problem???
Peter
Try pressing your tongue up against the roof of your mouth towards the back so that the tongue almost "folds backwards". According to the chinese this will help the "energy flow" flow past instead of getting stuck around the head.

Congratualtions on your marriage.
Anonymous
I just tried this and my ear cooled off a great deal a minute later. Weird coincidence? Can't wait to try it again.
Jay Coney
yah, i tried it just now and it seems to work. maybe its all in the mind? hmm..
K
omg it did work!
Anonymous
WOW IT WORKED THX
susan
about 6 months ago i suddenly felt my right ear get hot and it was burning red. This now happens every few weeks with no warning, its always my right ear. Everytime it has happened is when i have had lack of sleep. The rest of my body can usually be cold. if I have a drink of alcohol especially after a night with very little sleep and when i'm run down about 5 minutes after my first drink i can feel my ear starting to burn.
I'm pretty sure that this has to do with poor circulation. The right ear would be because of the way the blood circulates round your body. When tired your body is over- exerting itself and is probably dehydrated. Increased blood pressure during this causes blood not to flow so easily.
i know someone who gets red ears that are hot when he is tired, but this is regularly...so i think its nothing to worry about its just becuase hot and tired.
I think the sudden onset of one burning red hot ear is a warning sign from your body that somethings wrong. Usually my ear goes away with drinking lots of water and titling my headin the opposite direction. I also find the need to crack my neck and find that massaging the surrounding area usually makes it pass in short time.
Eddie
Thats crazy stuff man, i was looking up info on burning, red ears cause thats been happening to me a lot for about a year or two now , I also get some redness on my face once in a while and my scalp also , the doctors say its a for of dermatitus ( i haven't talked to anyone about the ear thing). I usually just wait about an hour or two then it just goes away. The funny thing about this is I also study kung fu . My Jhong Law Horn and MeiHua praying mantis. though the ear stuff i think may have been happening before starting my KungFu Experience. My throat seems to get really really dry very quickly ....maybe its just all dehydration..who knows ...good luck everyone!
Anonymous
I don't believe the dermatitis thing because I have just recently seen the side of my face get red (and it's not dermatitis) along with my ear. My ear burns inside and out and I'm told it's not an infection. Mine never use to be that way but like a stated a few paragraphs up it was after I had an accident that it started happening.
Natalie
In my asian culture i have always been taught that when one of your ear is hot... it means someone you know is talking (gossiping) about you. Its been a long time superstitious thing in our culture.
Della
My husband gets a "hot ear" ocassionally and has had it for quite some years. My son who is 7.5 is now getting them quite frequently (almost daily). It is interesting to read about the math, and doing technical things, my husband does Design Engineering (a lot of computer, technical stuff), my son is also very intellectual, reads a lot, (uses his brain a lot). He also may not get the sleep he needs, and I have to remind him a lot to drink fluids, so the dehydration could also play a role. We thought we were the only ones with this. Very interesting reading.
Christian
I am glad that I am not the only one with the "single red ear problem." In my case it is always the left one. Tonight it happened while I was doing financial calculations (I help people with their investments for a living). I believe that it mainly happens to me when I concentrate on getting a more complex job done. I have not noticed any correlation with the amount of sleep I get.
Netty
I also get the burning of the ears. It affects the whole outer ear and the lobe.
When this accures I also get real hot at the lower part of my head...twards my neck.
I've taking notice it starts about 1/2 hour after I eat certain foods. Oils, flour,caffein,alchole, or junk food. I don't eat allot of these foods..but when I do I find this happening when and everytime I do eat them. Fried foods I think are the worst..that is why I stay away from fried food. And stick with first cold pressed oils...and stay away from oils that are not suppose to be heated and used to fry food.
I hope this helps someone.
Ran
So its not just me! I'e been getting red and burning left ear for about a year now. thought it was just an odd coincicence but am now begining to get fed up with it so went onto the net to see what I could find. Lots!!
Well, I'm sitting here with my tounge pressed up against the roof of my mouth to see if that helps. I guess it can't hurt. I'm a teacher and am sometimes bothered by the flaming ear during lectures. I'm sure the students have noticed, they don't miss anything! and I am aware of it. Will get medical attention if I don't get any relief from the toung method. I will also try chiropractic and maybe shiatsu. Will post results to this site.
Rudolf The Red Ear.
Netty
I also forgot to mention I tried the tongue method that was mentioned above and it seemed to help. I truly believe it is an allergie of some type....but cannot figure it out. I've been watching anything that has color#5 in it...allot of foods..and granola have this in it.
Red Ear Barons
I too have the hot ear. My friend Monica and I are plagued by this phenomenon. We thought we were the only ones. We were drinking Rolling Rock and recieved the unwelcome and all too familiar hot ear. Andre Cold Duck Champagne will relieve these symptoms temporarily, but will come on twice fold in about 5 minutes. So drink water with organic sea salt and about a teaspoon of lemon and chickory root, that should do it.
Peter
Why worry? It can't damage you and surely you're not in pain when your ears are hot.
David
If it happens once, and never came back fine, but you don't understand the social situation with this problem. It can be compared to uncontrolled blushing or problem sweating. It can really hit at the worst time like a meeting infront of many people, etc. How can it not bother you to not look and feel normal. Not everything is about pain, maybe not physical pain, but it causes mental and emotiuon pain - you can't see ...
Anonymous
What bothers me is "not knowing" what it is. If I knew what it was and what was causing it and it wasn't going to cause problems later on then that's okay. But is it a "high" blood pressure problem - can it turn into a "high" blood pressure problem?
Anonymous
Hello. Im from croatia. That thing with red ear happens to me a lot. I went to a few doctors with that problem. Mesaured my blood preassure it was fine. I also did EKG,checked blood,hormons,...just becouse i felt unsafe. But all things i did showed me that i was fine. One doctor said that he thinks that red ears sometimes come if u think about problems too much,if ur sad,stressed and so one. This gonna sound stupid but sometimes when that happens i make myself to throw up....but people said that i deffinitelly should not do that. I noticed while i was on some weird diet with lots of fruit,some weird soup etc...my ears were fine for two weaks. So im guessing it might have something to do with food too. If someone wants to talk about it writte to me on my email.
Julie D.
I have this same problem! I went to the doctor, and she also told me it is an aura associated with migraines (which I do get). I also get a red ear when I am tired, stressed, or angry. It will always start in the left ear, and sometimes it will "travel" to the right ear. So strange!!
kari
well, well. I also do accounting for a living, and my left ear gets hot usually in the late afternoon or evening. What a relief that I am not a loner, and can be a part of the "hot ear club"!! I just tried the tongue thing, and I can't believe it worked. Did it really work physically, or was it mind over matter?
Peter
"physically, or was it mind over matter?"
Does it matter Kari? :)
angie
I thought it was a good question.
Ali
i got my right red ear and hot and feel hot on that time. so please can u tell me what is tongue thing. how can i do that when that happen. plz e mail me a s a p. thank u very much . Ali
Netty
LOL..this is funny, but true. I really took notice it happens after eating. Maybe like 1/2 hour or even 3hrs after eating. Yes the tongue thing does work. I use it when I need it now.:-)
Jay
How weird. I get the red hot ear (always right ear only) from time to time. Just had it happen now, and thought I should google it to see what I could learn. And here on a random blog I find a troupe of fellow burning ear compatriots! God bless this here Interweb. Oh, and the tongue thing didn't work for me... :-(
Netty
Jay, did you breath from your nose while trying it? I find it works if you try to just breath with your nose while your flipping the tongue backwards on the roof of your mouth. and keep your mouth open also. I do slow breathing in and out of my nose..for about 5 to 6 minutes..or untill I feel it going away.
La
I started getting this a few days ago and I couldn't figure out why, I asked my father, who says that he gets them from time to time, and he doesn't know what they are. I read somewhere it has to do with stress in your neck and their friend went to a chiropractor and it never came back.
Alissa
I took my 6 year old son to childrens hospital early this morning due to neck pain. I thought it was a ear ache. Turns out to be that he slept on his neck wrong.
Now, hours later his left ear is bright red and hot Very bizarre
Julie D.
I have this same problem! I went to the doctor, and she also told me it is an aura associated with migraines (which I do get). I also get a red ear when I am tired, stressed, or angry. It will always start in the left ear, and sometimes it will "travel" to the right ear. So strange!!
venkat
I have the same problem!. It happens to my red ear and it is very common when i have less sleep or having even a glass of alcohol. I went to a doctor and was asked to take blood test for cholestrol . My cholestrol levels were high and also high blood pressure. It is getting very regular and I am very curious what is causing this?
Skeets
I also have the mostly left ear problem. And face. Thought it was allergies. I didn't see this mentioned but I read on a website about Thoracic Outlet syndrome..I also have high blood pressure, and elevated cholesterol. Sometimes I feel my muscles sort of move, like a snake up around my left clavicle. Also the alocohol brings it on fast
Andrew
I too have this troubling syndrome and I was curious to know exactly what you mean by the tounge thing as well as to know if any of you smoke. Mine is in my left ear usually sometimes "travels" to the right and the face. Does this have to do with my smoking it seems to come on after I smoke.
Skeets
I don't smoke. I do use snuff, but it seems not related to that. I see it most in the afternoons, under stress, and it does also travel to my face and right ear. I have no hearing in my left ear (related? from 3 years ago..cause unknown) and yet I sometimes think I hear "water dripping" . Anyone else?
RT
While going thru a divorce years ago, I was put on an antidepressant.
It caused me to me to have some uncomfortable side effects so I was put on Clonazepam to take along with the antidepressants

After I was on the antidepressant
for about 4 months, I stopped taking it and the Clonazepam. I started having the hot ear and face problem real bad. My face would feel like it was going to explode. The Dr. put me back on Clonazepam. It helped but did not totally take care of the problem. Over the last ten year the Clonazepam has been increased until I am up to 3 MG a day. If I miss a dose, I really have trouble with the hot ear, face and scalp. The Doctors try putting me back on antidepressants and they make my condition worse.

Wine will cause the hot ear condition to start nearly every time. I had a beer tonight and it caused it to happen. I decided to do another search on internet and found this interesting information.

All the Doctors can tell me is that it is stress related. I think the antidepressant started it and now I am hung up on Clonazepam realy bad. I was able to stop cigarets but not Clonazepam.
matt
i there, i found your mesage very interesting. i was on a very large dosage of anti-depressants for 3 years. i gained 30kg, slept a lot and lived a very wierd life full of rashes and bad moods. after a bad rash i was told by a skin specialist that i was taking way too many tablets and that this dosage was not healthy. out of my anger i decided to stop these talets and so i stopped on that day which was not the best thing to do cause i later learnt that your supposed to gradully stop taking them. i went through a really rough stage for the next three months and i started to get really depressd again. i mean severe stuff here. after a year i started experiencing a lot of things to my body. i started thinking a lot clearer and stuff and thought i was getting my life back but my body was casung me problems. i lost a lot of weight and started experiencing hot flushes that got really annoying. my ears would go hot and spread to my cheeks. im still like this and its depressing. my whole body is hot for some reason and i dont know why? i think it could be cause somthing is not functiong properly. either it was from the medicine which i really regret taking in the first place. it could be from too much depression. i really dont know. im looking for answers. if you have any info please send me some. take care
Peter Bengtsson
Wow. You must have been to hell and back. I hope you're getting better.
Tracy
I have been on clonazepam for about 5 years now, it stops complicated migraine syndrome and anxiety attacks for me-most of the time. Earlier I felt aura symptoms and realized I had missed a dose. I also had a beer. I've been on clonazepam so long, alcohol doesn't interract anymore. About 20 minutes ago, my right ear started to feel funny. Then hot. Then turned red, to the point my daughter noticed it. I looked in the mirror and the difference between my ears is astonishing. I definitely beleive it is migraine and stress related.
Jaymus
I too suffer from the burning red ear syndrome. I am 16 years of age, currently taking trazodone for sleeping, and adderall for school (ADD.) I have been on trazodone for about a year now, and adderall for the past month.

This, what I like to call RES (Red Ear Syndrome), has been happening to me for as long as I can remember. It is nice to know that I am not the only one this happens to.

When this happens to me it is usually only in one ear. It usually occurs in my left ear but sometimes travels to my right ear as well. This is embarrassing in school when it happens but I like to joke about it by saying to a friend next to me “Hey look, my right ear is normal, but look at my left ear (and then I laugh.)” which makes them laugh and me feel a little better.

When I am at home and this happens to me, I wash my face and ears with cold water and then I put something from the freezer on my ear(s) to cool them down. It works sometimes but not always. I just read about 5 minutes ago about the tongue thing; I will try that next time it happens.

I wish there was a reason that this happens…
redearedgirl
I have had this as well. It's my left ear. I have really been working hard for the past day or so and am tired...maybe that's it?
Lindsay
My right ear frequently becomes uncomfortably hot. It turns bright red and is often painful. It does not occur after something specific like lack of sleep or alcohol, but rather at random. It usually last for about half an hour and nothing i've tried has helped relieve this problem. Any suggestions?
David
I am 23 years old. I have been getting BOTH RED EARS since I was 9 or so.

I have monitored this problem over the years. Why? because unlike many of you getting it when you are older, I have had it for almost my whole life.

I am currently trailing treatment with the V PULSE laser which is meant to minmise the size of capillaries.

there is no pill to take to offset it, there is not much talked about in terms of treatment. I have set out on a journey to find a sucessful treament for this condition. I have had enough, you all know how bad it feels to get it, well times it by two - because both of mine go red on a daily basis.

I know what you are going through, I have read many posts by other people on other forums, but we need to start going through solutions and results for this condition. not much is known about it, and I have been the gineu pig for many tests.

I will set up a site dedicated to this problem. please email me any treatments you have gone for to try and solve this condition that we know little about still on how to fix permanently.

I would say it is nerve related and wil lsoon see a neurologist as well if the laser treatment fails.
Anonymous
Not sure but I'm thinking it might have to do with the ear canal being inflamed or smaller than normal and the blood not being able to flow properly. I didn't have this until after an accident. It's happening right now as I type and it's just my left ear.
David
New chronic read ear support website

http://www.earsred.cjb.net/

For suffers of red ear syndrome, not much is known yet of this ocndition for treatment.
Chad
I have this same condition almost every day. Mine is usual both ears it seams to happen when I go from a cool enviroment to a warmer enviroment like a warm house or sometimes when I touch my ear it happens and sometimes for no reason I know of. My neck usual feels tight when it happens. I can feel my heart beat in my ears and sometimes in my neck. I have checked my blood pressure numerous times when it happened and its not high. It usually happens mid day or later in the day. The warmth of the sun hitting on me can also cause it. It usually lasts about two hours
Crimson Queen
I'm feeling pretty old tonight!! I never thought too much about my extremely red, left ear until a few weeks ago when my six year old grandson (only related to me by marriage) had his first attack. I sprung into action with ice in a cold wash cloth and constant signing to get his mind off it. Eventually, when not focusing on it -- it diminished. I then realized I have had the problem going on since I was a kid and I will be 49 in a couple of weeks. I've decided to start keeping a red ear journal to try to identify any triggers.
Peter Bengtsson
A log?! Great idea. That sounds really promising. Make sure you have a look at the earsred website mentioned by David in the comment above this one.
Gareth
I've suffered from this for a long long time now, and have always imagined it was unique as no one else I have has this problem.

My ears, either both or one will go exceptionally hot anytime, anywhere any weather. The triggers are mainly alcohol, touch, talking about it, stress and embarrasment. It's really been a pain to me, because as weird as it sounds I splash water over my ears to cool them down multiple times a day, and this is giving me dry skin around the ear area. It's a nightmare for me, I can't concentrate, sleep and get grumpy unless I cool my ears down. I have a fan next to my bed on in the winter or summer even at night on my face otherwise I can't get to sleep. This problem is so bad for me, and so embarrasing. I visit the toilets multiple times when in restaurants to cool my ears down, people think I am weird when I splash water over my ears.

I'm 18 years of age, I lead a fairly normal life but have an inability to relax anywhere mainly spouted from my lack of confidence over being slightly overweight and having awful curly hair.

It's kind of a curse to me, as it bothers me a lot. I get no migrains, no headaches. I do smoke, I have a varied diet and don't like sweets very much. I like the odd bottle of wine, however my ears still get red hot when I havn't had any for days. I'm so sick of this problem, and I'm so glad I found this place. If we could all contribute and put together some information regarding this, hopefully we can all get some insight regarding the matter, I'm a webdesigner so maybe can compile a site regarding this.

I think I've got a particuarly bad case though, I can feel my ears getting hot as I type this. It's so infuriating and embarrasing, I pity anyone with it.

I'm glad I found this site, I feel better for sharing this now. Take care guys!
Anonymous
I can hardly believe there is so much about red hot ears on Google. I am a grandmother and have for a few years had bouts of red hot ears.... one at a time or both. It is embarassing. Also, they often get scaly red sore/itchy areas on the skin over the cartiledge areas. For many years I almost always have red palms and soles of my feet. Recently, I have ocassionaly experienced tinglng of one side of my nose, and tonite I am having an off and on tingling sensation just inside my left ear, like a flea is in there or something. I don't have fleas. Neither do my dogs. Any sugestions? Also, do you or anyone you know out there have trouble with irregular heart beat and/or can hear your own heartbeat like a swooshing sound?
hattie-boo the red ear girl
hi
me to i always get a red ear i am 10 years old and i get a red ear betwween 3-9p.m
bi dude to radical to explain
i have never been to a docter about it though !!!!!!!
Netty
David..I think it is GREAT that you are starting this forum...for this.
I also just signed up.

Also I want to thank " PETERBE.COM " for bringing us all here..with his site.
Hovverx
Did you know the teeth aren't supposed to touch during the day? Simply touching them together causes the temporalis muscle branches above the ear to contract. A lot of us are clenchers during the day and night, which leads to excess tension in the temporalis muscle. Even just barely touching the teeth during work or whatever will cause temporalis tension. Perhaps relaxation of the temporalis muscles will ease blood flow away from the ear? ...check out the nti-tss bite guard page for good analysis of temporalis tension and a possible solution: www.nti-tss.com
Peter Bengtsson
I think the percentage of people who suffer from red hot ears is tiny but the percentage of people whose teeth touch to be huge. I have heard of people who have to sleep with gumshields to protect their teeth from destroying each other but nothing about this causing "temporalis tension"
David
I have recently discovered that when your ear turns red, it will go away if you smoke a few hits of crack cocaine. Easily made from baking soda, cocaine, and a few drops of water.
angie
Really nice, I guess the
term, "crackhead", derived from
you. Grow up and go to forum
for druggies!
Netty
David?? LOL. :- O
that was a joke right??

I think it also has to do with elastic. If any of you notice the redness going away at night...watch in the morning...right after you put your under garments on and see if it happens.
Alison
Hovverx: So that must be why I get major headaches when I excessively chew gum. Argh.

Anyway I've had a headache all day today. I overslept which sometimes contributes to them. Had dinner, took an asprin, came to check my email and noticed my left ear started to get extremely hot. So I went to look in the mirror and it was bright red. My other ear is normal. I just assume it came along with the headache.

Nice to know I'm not the only one! It's the first and only time it has ever happened to me though. The tongue thing didn't work at all, and I felt like a goofball doing it.

Maybe I'll try the cocaine thing. ;-)
tarkem
hi,

I landed on this site googling around kung fu stuff as I practise myself. it's only been roughly a year but I do try to practise at least one to two hours a day and it is doing me great good. I personaly train hard in order to be healthy.

I'm 26 and spent my childhood in china which probably explains my attraction to kung fu. As the rest of my family, I have been very influenced by asian culture.

it's funny to see how each of us express this influence and how two of my bros and I have chosen kung fu whereas other members of the family chose different means.

my youngest bro and my mom for instance do some king of energetic healing, derived from asian medecine and each time I am impressed buy how fast and how well they can put an end to most health problems and get people back on their feet again.

I never had heard of this red ear problem before reading the comments posted here but i do have experienced chronical migrains during my childhood and it was really making my everyday life painful.

I finally got rid of those back in europe when i was a teenager thanks to a very good (IMHO) chinese doctor. No pills, no surgery, it was amazing... and I hardly ever had migrains since (perhaps once or twice in extreme conditions).

I don't believe this has anything to do with magic and I do believe that the asian way of handling health problems is subtile and efficient though very different from ours.

I always go to the doctor when I have to and I admire lot's of our western medecine. But the experience has led me to know that the asian way of doing can somtimes be surprising and is often a lot smoother for the human body.

I don't know if you have experienced read ears again since Peter, and I have not yet visited the earsred website, but since you seem to be opened to asian culture I thought mentioning my experience could maybe help.

Perhaps using chinese or asian methods against this problem could bring new answers. Furthermore I don't think people have anything to loose giving it a try.

good luck to all of you...
Lucas
my name is Lucas. I get hot red left ear when I read alot and think alot and dont get much sleep. My ear gets really hot and really red. Then it goes away when I am done reading and thinking.
Jasmine
Hello, i also get red hot ears. this usally occurs when i'm nervous, have a test coming up or when i realy have to use the restroom. i think i might try the tounge thing.
Kimberly
I have been getting read hot ears for a couple months now...
It's highly annoying, and definitely not attractive. I usually wear my hair back so they're exposed. It doesn't help my poker face!!
I tried the tongue thing, and it didn't work. But I'll probably keep trying.
Peter Bengtsson
Try to sit down and relax when you do it. A lot of people prefer to sit on the floor rather than a chair. Give it a go.
CJ
My 8 yr old son experiences this. He is highly allergic to mulitple things, so we have always thought it was related to an unknown allergen.
Dave
I have been experiencing this annoying and embarrassing problem for probably 10 years now. I am 34 years old. I also do financial advising, and I tutor a couple of high school students in mathematics. I also teach tennis. I never get red ear while I am teaching tennis. I almost always get red ear while I am tutoring. It seems like it is directly related to the time of day for me. I do my tutoring in the evening after I teach tennis. I also get red ear if I am doing an evening appointment for my financial business. However, I almost never get it during daytime appointments. Furthermore, I seem to get it in the evening after teaching tennis even if I just go home. I get it every night. It usually lasts two hours.
I do think stress is a factor here. What I think happens is that the muscles in the upper back and neck and back of the head get very tense during the day. In the evening hours when I realize my day is winding down I think I actually begin to relax and the blood flow begins to increase. I even wonder if the increased blood flow is the body's natural mechanism to get things back in order. Perhaps it ultimately gets those muscles to relax. I do suffer from some mild but constant anxiety. I constantly feel tension in my neck and shoulders, but I also feel like a physiological hurricane is going on inside my chest cavity. It's like somebody has turned on a switch in me and it just won't go off. I have taken some things for this and I do think it helped the red ear syndrome. I believe that once it quieted my body down it took care of the red ear. I don't like taking psychological medicines, though, so I never stuck with it. One thing I took that was natural was L-5 Hydroxy Tryptophan, which I bought at The Vitamin Store. It did help me in terms of the anxiety, and I believe it helped me for the red ear too. Again, though I didn't want to have to rely on something to control my body. At any rate, I'm not sure if The Vitamin Store still sells it. I believe there was some reason they quit selling it.
One other thing that definitely helped me was getting massage therapy in the neck, head, and upper back areas. Again, this confirms to me that this is a problem caused by too much tension in the head and neck muscles.
Does anybody else feel like maybe their inability to relax is causing this to happen. A lot of people on this website have indicated they are doing mathematical type work. I wonder if people with that type of talent tend to put more stress on themselves just because of their analytical thinking. I always feel like I'm overly self-aware and self-critical, and this of course, leads to stress.
Jon
I'm 31, work with computers and find stress and inability to relax build up until it can become anxiety. When I get home I relax and my left ear takes off. Burning right now in fact. Very nice to know other people get this too. thought it might have something to do with bad circulation as mentioned in a previous post.
Cheyenne
Hey, My 4 yr old son gets red hot ears also. It makes him so uncomforable and grumpy. I thought it was also related to an unknown allergen and I still believe it is. I stop giving him dairy for a week. Soy milk is good too :) And for days he didn't have any red ears. Until he ate some Butter. Then it happend. Red Hot Ears! But for the last to days he's only had Soy products and BOTH days red ears. So I don't know.. I thought I was onto something... But.. perhaps things in certain combinations cause the reaction!!??! I just don't know, but I don't think it happens just for fun. I think the body must be trying to tell us something! something is going on!!!

Cheyenne
Angela
I have had this problem with my left ear off and on for 16 years and today by finding this site I found that others have had it too!! I used to think it was the last throes of menopause, sort of "hot flashes of the ear" but I am way past that. Now I know I'm not alone with this thing and it probably won't kill me.
Roy Duffenais
My 3 1/2 year old son has allergies. He also gets a red left ear. Especially after he has played a lot and is tired. He has never complained about it. I ask him if his ear is hot and he says it isn't. Though when I feel them, one is cold and the red one is hot. Very odd. This has never happened to me, but my wife has experienced one hot ear.
lindi
Hi, I just came back from the washroom, and when I looked in the mirror I was surprised how bright red my left ear was! I mean very very bright red. So I quickly came back to my computer to look up "red ear" because I thought it may be a symptom of something serious. By the way, I'm an economist, I'm at work, my eyes feel very sensitive and tired, and my teeth are held together with elastics (recovering from a broken jaw). So there must be something to all those observations!!! Thanks for the thread, it was a very interesting read.
mark
I am overjoyed that i,m not crazy I have put up with this condition for about 2 years.It happens every night between 11pm and 1am and some nights the right ear or the left ear or both but always one or the other. It last about 1hour and does not come back till the next night.I have spoken with doctors,neuroligist,medical professors and they all looked at me like I was crazy but i,m not. There are so many of you going through the same torture I am and I truly feel for you. It is time that the medical field listens and does something about it because I can not put up with this every night for the rest of my life.good luck to all and make the people who can do something about it listen!!!!!!!!!!
Peter Bengtsson
Mark, so your ears get hot, so what? I'm not trying to argue anything against you, but I'm just curious. When I got one hot ear it was hot but there was no pain and it didn't prevent me from anything such as vision or hearing.
Kelly
For years I've been looking for information on this! Our son has had these for about 7-8 yrs at least. He is 10.5 yo. Both ears. Incredibly uncomfortable. Wore ice packs on his ears all the time.

Removed corn syrup and its kin nearly two years ago, and they're nearly all gone. Rarely gets them now. Has been getting them more frequently in the past month or so vs. the past couple years. Otherwise, they've been an rareity.
Kelly
P.S. His pediatrician said it was likely some sort of histamine release. Still, we don't know for certain the exact cause. Though the corn syrup thing seemingly has a connection.
Shayne
I have noticed my left ear get real hot from time to time. It did so today I decided to Google "hot ear" and found this page. The only trends I have noticed for me is it occurs more often when drinking red wine or eating simple sugars such as candy. Since some people mentioned allergies, I will say yes I am allergic to a number of common allergens.

I don't see it as a socially crippling problem as they guy says on the support group web page. Just a minor annoyance.
Meghan
Finally got around to doing some research on this ear thing that has recently come to affect me almost every day. I have always had head aches and migraines, and I also have TMJ. It seems anxiety and tension are also factors. Don't think it is a huge issue, and it's not a ton of suffering, but it is a relief to find out other people deal with this, and I think from now on I'll try the tongue thing, because it worked.
Anonymous
I cant believe how many people have searched the "red ear thing" It just started with me in the last week. It tends to be after dinner(with ion 30 minutes or so) and I almost always have a beer with dinner. I can say I havent slept much or enough lately and I hope it goes away when and of I get caught up on my sleep. Right now my right ear is on fire. I may try dinner without beer tomorrow or for a few nights to see if it changes anything.... I am leaning toward dehydration or lack of sleep(stress) because I wont let my end of the day beer be the problem. ; )
Anonymous
This is very interesting!! My granddaughter is currently experiencing burning red ears, sometimes one then spreading to the other. The GP can't give us an explanation, wondering whether stress and anxiety could contribute
Anonymous
It happens to me at all different times but I did notice it does happen when I am anxious or getting a little upset.
anonymous
Mine started a couple of weeks after I received a flu shot. Any correlation? Don't know. Docs don't know either. Oh well.
shelby
i got this problem after diner. im 14 years old and i dont drink so dont think thats the explanation... i also think it has something to do with stress because my week at school has been stressful (im enrolling in high school)... anyways i'll ask my doc and get back to you!!!
shelby
Joy
My grandson's ears get real red too. He also gets small blackouts usually if he's hot or gets up fast. I thought maybe it had to do with the lyme disease that he has had all his life.
Bazk
This is incredible ! My son whos is 4 yrs old as been complaining (every two or three days) that is right ear is very hot. It concernse me that I cannot do anything about this, so i was searching for this subject in the search engines hoping a Dr. or something would give my wife & I & of course our son some guidence on this annoying problem he has, & hay presto I found this forum GREAT. My search was "4 year old has hot ear" Now is there any Dr. who thinks he/she knows what this problem is ? For an adult its OK, but for a child how can one explain to him that its nothing, i get upset when I know there is nothing I can do about it. Anyway, any help would be great. Thanks all.
BMG
I started having regular episodes about three months ago, when I started grad school—either one or both of my ears turn bright red and hot. I’d say 75% of the time it is one ear or the other, thus 25% of the time both are involved. Occasionally, maybe once a week, it happens early afternoon in class, but the majority of the time it happens between the hours of 5-9 p.m., when my concentration level is at its peak.

The above is the norm without alcohol though. When I drink now, since I started school, my ears flush within two minutes, and stay that way for a good hour or so. Sometimes my entire face turns slightly red and warms, but my ear(s) turn bright red and hot without question.

I am a 24-year-old female who smokes ½-1 pack a day. My blood pressure has been “iffy” at times (hypertension runs in the family) but for the most part it stays within range. My extremities (e.g. big toe; fingers) go numb/tingle here and there, especially if exposed to the cold, and sometimes turn red; however the red/hot ear(s) happens regardless of the temperature.

Stress? Alcohol? Obvious factors…but who can give either of them up?!?!

Great site; nice to know others deal with this pain-in-the-butt as well.
BLS
I too have had a problem with this for years, but for some reason I chalked it up to having high blood pressure (which I now have under control with weight loss and I am no longer on medication), but I still have the hot red ear problem. Mine also ususally happens in the afternoon, but usually only one ear. It's very embarrassing and quite uncomfortable. My face also turns red/pink when I drink which is also embarrassing. I too am glad I am not the only one with this problem. If anyone at all finds out what the heck is going on, please post it for us!
Sue
Kaisier has no answer. I too get a hot ear, not everyday, but pretty close. I am just sitting at work and all of a sudden my ear gets hot. It will last sometimes for 1/2 hr. I wonder if it's because of high blood pressure (which I have but am taking medicine). I sure wish someone had an answer.
Rachael
Strange...isn't it?
You may be asking yourself,'what is?'
Well...Theory, Suggestion, as well as just another thought to add to the chain.
My thoughts in theory are scattered, so goes the process of brainstorming. Consideration has been taken from all comments, and so from observation we know it is not mental or having to do with overall performance. I'm thinking membranes, more specifically- meninges. The Connective tissues (more or less) gridlocks, localizing pressure from the conjunction of nerves, most likely located around the cerebellum area.
Susggestion: It may sound silly, but just give it a try... Relax, breath in and out, let go of all bias, stay opened minded. Put 1 hand across the back of your neck at the base of the skull and the other hand across your eyes, leaving them there, close your eyes, remember to breath and repeat 'i forgive' multiple times, at least more than 3(no questions, just do. Doesn't matter if you have forgiving to do or not).
Reverse hand positions, the hand that was across the eyes now across the neck, and the so forth. repeat the 'i forgive'.
Now place the palms of your hands over your eyes and repeat 'i forgive'.
An extra for jaw probs- loosely close your hands, palms facing you, fingers over eyes & thumbs along jaw line(meaty part joining @ lips), do the forgives.

This also helps with headaches.
I would also suggest Magnesium, to relax your muscles, and Mixed Vegetable Supps to get nourishment through to the capalaries. Remember to talk to a Reflexologist(also recommecond Chiropractor who is into reflexology as well as Senses)(Not recommending Medical Doctors because, most likely than not, it will be more pills, made of who knows what along with the Mold and micro-chemicals they don't tell you about, down the throat(know wonder your body doesn't like you, just kidding)).
I hope this helps. It did with me. :)
Anonymous
My right ear sometimes get read and hot...i always think something bad is going to happen..and usually it does...I was just looking and seeing if i was the only one this was happening 2..Whenever i tell ppl they look at my alittle weird...lol....
Joel
With me, hot red ears are always related to drinking champagne. Tonight I have had two Mimosas. My ears are so hot I had to remove my robe to cool off.
Marcy Hendren
Okay people....this is really weird, but yes! I have the red hot ear too! I did notice that liquor makes it red, but not always, usually when I have had a rough day, much stress, and in the relaxing mode it comes on. It's kinda funny, I always say, someone is talking about me again...and laugh it off. I told my boyfriend I was gonna get on the net and find out what made it happen, and found this website, I was glad to see I was not alone in this weirdness. But let me tell u, I really have a temperature problem, my nose is so cold sometimes I cannot stand it, and my boyfriend says that I have a hot butt too...ha ha really, he sez I radiate heat. So...I suppose my temp gauge is broken or something...in the meantime, I will assume it's just one of those unexplainable things...MERRY CHRISTMAS ALL YOU RED HOT PEOPLE!
Carlos
I too am glad that I'm not alone. Anyone have any official words on this? I think it happens when I'm stressed...
Chris
I think it's a mix of blood pressure spikes even possible circulation issue and stress.Panic attacks can also cause "red ear(s)" take a ice cube and cool em down (no joke) or take a cool shower and try to relax it works for me anyway.

I also notice if I take a sleeping pill and get alot of rest the next day I usually don't get red/hot ears.And stay away from drinking and smokes you should know better and those bad habits will cause blood pressure issues.
Mr.Hot Ear
Ya, I just wash my face in cold water, coz not only does my left/right ears get hot my cheeks and lower forehead start to get warm and red too. This is an increase in blood pressure to the head just soak your head in something cold
J
Weird, I thought this was a personal problem - comforting to know others have it too, but has anyone actually had a diagnosis? I can feel the bottom of my left ear start to burn, it covers my whole ear, then my cheeks and even my eyes feel hot on the inside! I thought it might be hot flashes, but went thru menopause years ago. Blood pressure reads fine, I get so hot I have to fan myself or rinse my face in cold water (when I'm home). Alcohol does bring it on, but I only have a drink maybe every other week. Wow, what is this all about,anyway?
Jim
I recently started taking adderall for adhd. I had never experienced this red ear phenomenon until I started the medication. My Dr. told me that he believes it occurs for some when the central nervous system is stimulated (i.e., medication, stress, anxiety etc.,) It is essentially a form of blushing which is also a result of your CNS being stimulated.
Brie
Wow! I can't believe this site!! My mom and my fiance tell me to stop calling it the Red Ear because it sounds like I have some disease lol. But it is true! I definitely seem to get a burning feeling in either my left or right ear. I have been on adderall for about 7 years and this has been happening for the past 3 years. It seems to help if I drink lots of water and but a cold pack on my ear. I definitely get ALOT of sleep so that isn't it. I do get stressed out alot though. So maybe it is from stress and dehydration. It sucks whenever I want to drink because "the red ear" almost always starts right after I drink a beer or have some wine. ugh!!! It wouldn't be so bad if it didn't burn. Think you for starting this site now I don't feel like a weirdo! Oh sometimes I feel my feet burn as well. Has anyone experienced this too?
Chris
I notice i get "hot ear" when gettin when getting wild. I also have noticed I have a lack of consitration, sensitive eyes, and blinking alot. I normally get hot ear in the winter when i have been in the cold for a while. I tryed the chinese tongue trick...didn't work out for me. It would probaly help just to have a cold glass of water and put ice packs on your ears. Try not to wear anything in your ears or put head phones on your ears
Sean
I honestly can't believe this. I just googled "my ear gets red and hot," hilariously, hoping to find some information on this strange, strange thing that has happened to me for at least the least 15 years (I'm 27).

The only explanation I have, after many "experiments," is that my ear (right ear) becoming blood-red and extremely hot is directly related to my blood-sugar levels. I can always tell when my blood-sugar is low because it starts burning, as it is right now. What is helping it stop, as usual? Well, some sugar! I ate a bowl of Fruity Pebbles. Not healthy, sure, but it causes a near-instant (if slow) cooling of the ear. Usually, within an hour, things are back to normal.

At any rate, it's very annoying, and when it happens when I'm out in public, I get constant comments about it. We "Hot Red Ears" (haha) just pine away for an ice-pack most days. It's absolutely insane, and I can't believe I found this site...haha.

Good luck cooling off, guys.
Jamie
I am in awe.. seriously.. Everyone thinks I am crazy >< I usually only get 'Red ear" in the winter. I never notice in the summer if I go get it, I live in Texas so go figure. I'm sitting here with a cold wash cloth trying to cool off. (lol) I looked up a few things on it I also thought it was high blood pressure.. but I read in an article that it has nothing to do with blood pressure, so I don't know what to think. I have been having it at least 4 years, and OMG it is SO annoying. So great to see there are others.. crazy but great. Oh and I am 25 :) I put this site on favorites so I will be back to let everyone know if I find something else! THANKS!
V
I have always had it. Mostly left ear but sometimes both. Usually happens after eating and before bedtime. I haven't associated it to any particular food though.

I actually have it right now. The tongue thing seemed to work somewhat.
Neeilly
I get it sometimes too. I am in the medical field, cardiology and I have done some research and spoke to many physicians and collegues. All the threads have some validity to them. Alcohol, Blood Sugar Levels, Cold weather, Sleeplessness and Stress can all cause this phenomenon. It is not abnormal, it is just the body's response to a dilation of the blood vessels. Ice can help the burning and throbbing, sometimes the tounge thing will work, but most of all it is harmless and it will go away. I get it and it drives me crazy. I am glad to see there is support and information out there. More accounts of this will help re-enforce that it is a normal human thing.
Dan
hahahahaa wow ive never heard of anyone else having this... ive had it since i was born, my mom has too

one ear will get blazing hot and red and the other will be completely normal.. not always the same ear though it switches randomly all of the time

e-mail me with info on this if ya could, im curious
Dan
heyy question... does anyone else here get lightheaded and start to/ totally black out sometimes when they stand up quick??? moreso when your hot...

anyway i have this AND red ears..

the lightheaded thing happens b/c i have this thing where my blood vessels in my neck dont contract quick enough when i sit up soo blood doesnt get to the brain quick enough lol... but my mom has that too and she has the red ear thing sooo

anyone else?
J
Another thing I notice recently - it only happens in the late afternoon or mostly evening. My blood pressure is higher in evening than morning, but not really 'high' by medical standards. I also get pain in my left eye, it's my left ear that gets hot. Ice packs help, but seem to only delay the process. Wish it would just GO AWAY!!!!
jamie
i think its all to do with stress, i get both ears going very red when stressed and just done a night shift. face sometimes goes red also
Anonymous
JG-I`ve had this since I was in my teens, I`m now 32 and still get it fairly regularly. The symtoms are as generally described with all these cases.With me, I have found that giving up drinking has helped alot as this used to trigger the RES every time. I have also found that more sleep and relaxation help to prevent RES occurrences, however, it does not stop them completely. For me, there are still conditions that trigger it sutch as moving from cold to hot places/buildings, direct sunshine or cooking in a hot kitchen which I often do. Here in UK, central heating does not help the situation too! I have taken some tips though from what differnt people have said and try doing things like taking a walk, loosening my neck and shoulders, using deep breathing or relaxation techniques to help with aleviating the physical and emotional discomfort. Only, there does not seem to be any specific thing that takes it away.It nearly always seems to run it`s own course and may last for an hour or two depending on where I am and the conditions around me. Usually, if I am able to relax in a cooler place and take my mind off it, I have noted that the RES will dissapear quicker, however, I as a particulaly self conscious person, I find it near on impossible to relax or ignor this whilst in the presence of others at work or socially, so in that sense I would agree that this is a pretty lousy condition to have especially if you are affected by comments from other people. In my case, this does nothing for my confidence or lack of it! If you are unaffected by what people notice or say, well great for you, however, you still have RES and I can`t imagine it could be ignored as it is quite uncomfortable. Over the years I have read books and literature concerning health and nutrition and one of the books concerned eating according to your blood type, you may be thinking,what is this guy going on about but just hear me out, the book is called Eat Right for your type and is written by DR Peter J.D Adamo for those interested. It surrounds his study into world categories of blood types, which at the time I had no idea about, my blood type being O type, in short, certain blood types evolved through the consumption of available food scources which if you compare this to the modern world, bears no resemblance to where we all live and what we eat, in my case as a type O, my system and digestion is designed primarily for the consumtion of meat either red ot white and has an intolerance for wheat or gluetin foods ie bread, pasta ect. I can`t say that having read this book that I have totally 100% followed it but there is one thing I am certain of, reduction of wheat type products in my diet has reduced the occurance and intensity of RES along with other problems like stiff joints and over frequent bowle movements(or just shitting all the time to be blunt!) What would interest me would be to know exactly how many of us who suffer RES are type O blood group and how many are not?
Also, I have tried rubbing various types of creams and lotions onto my ear (usually the right one, occasionally both)and have found that a cream called sudocream, which is zinc based and designed to alleviate bed sores, rashes or eczma helps with the burning but is best done at home as it is quite a thick cream and makes your ear look quite white over the redness but not natural. Again I cannot say whether or not it reduces the length of the res attack but will try experimenting with this more and prehaps try measuring the time compared with an attack without cream applied. I have also tried aloe vera which has a similar effect but it has to be a good quality and more expensive type on the market as many are not complete 100% aloe or close. My feeling on finding a solution to this is that there must be some type of drug or product either on the market or within the medical world that can or is able to cause the blood vessels to constrict or reduce in capacity. I am sure there are these type drugs used in surgery? Only, we outside the medical world will not have the knowlege of it or them! To me, if such a drug does exist, surely it can be formed or mixed into a topical lotion that can be rubbed onto the ear to reduce the redness. Otherwise, if this is not the case,we, the sufferers of this will have to consider finding a solution either through self testing or collectively looking at information on the condition.

Excuse me going on about this everyone but I kind of feel that, whats the point of having ideas or knowlegde if we can do anything with it!! It`s great to know there are others out there with this as I would otherwise think it only me!
K
hello, i havent read all the comments above, im 15 and my ear burns, it has done for years, its really funny because my nan has always told me its that someone is thinking about me. it doesnt really bother me any more i generally ignore it, on one site it says that your ear burning means that your having a brainwave! hehe a very clever ear i think...the best cure i think is to ignore it, or you could always go Van Gogh and cut it off...but i wouldnt surgest it..i think that would be even more painful!
-W -H
I just wanted to add that I also have suffered from this problem for most of my life.

It is a daily struggle.
Jamie
I have a question. What are your eating habits? Eat junk food?? I have noticed since I started working out and eating healthy. I no longer have it at all. It has been a month at least since I have had it, every since I have changed my lifestyle.
Rob
I also get this red ear phenomenon. I too have a blood type of O. I have high blood pressure and stress. This recently started to me only about 8 months ago off and on. I am 24 years of age. Sometimes it is only my right ear that gets hot, other times both ears. I eat well and keep the junk food to a minimum. I no longer drink. I don't partake in street drugs. I do however smoke cigarettes. I am a christian (coming from a spiritual standpoint). Just curious to what other similarities exist among our red group. Maybe it is more than just a dilation of blood vessels. Look forward to any responses.
J
Seems we are finding some common bonds here - I also am type O, negative. My blood pressure fluctuates, low in morning, higher in evening. Changed lifestyle about a month ago, cutting sweets altogether, and eating much healthier - having a glass of wine once in a while. The left ear burns with drinking wine, face flushing added. When I am in kitchen cooking, everything facial is red ! My husband calls me 'rosy cheeks'. Also a Christian, don't think that has anything to do with this problem. Rob, you state you have stress - relax and let God handle the stress, he's going to be up all night anyway. If you can control it, do what you know is right and get it done. If you can't control it, let it go, and let God take care of it AND YOU!!! Don't think age has any bearing on this condition - I am 63. God bless everyone. ps. ice packs do help, the tongue thing does not.J
Katrinavich
I have been getting hot, red ears all my life and so has my brother. I get this mostly in the winter. I use an ice cube or anything cold to cool it off (even pressing my ear against a window when no ice was available). I liked to think that getting a hot, red ear was an evolutionary thing that evolved so that the wax in your ear would melt rather than gather and clog your ear. Unlikely, but it makes me feel better.
I CANNOT sleep with polyester pillow cases or types of pillows that make your ear hot, or it may set it off. I use a 100% down pillow with a 100% cotton cover.
Scott
Very interesting and somewhat comforting to know that I'm not the only one that experiences this. I'm 40 years of age, non-smoker, occasional drinker, O+ blood and have had this sporadically for all my life (one or both ears). I had migranes as a child but grew out of them for the most part, but still get maybe 1 a year. I just started looking around on the Internet after my wife noticed that my son (4 years old) is having the same thing and strangely, it will happen to both of us at the same time. We're both in good physical condition otherwise, but obviously it is something hereditary, and brought on by some environmental conditions - my son doesn't drink alcohol (not till he's 21!!). I'll try to pay more attention as to food or drink and see if there's any common causes between us and report back.
Thanks for everyone's comments!
brutus
This red ear stuff is driving me nuts. I have it in both ears and lately it is happening almost daily. The redness or heat also will go down the back of my neck. No history of migranes. BP is normal to low. Don't know blood type. Had surgery on a ruptured disc in my neck over 10 yrs. ago. I am beginning to think that these two may be connected somehow. When I was young I remember some instances of the red ear, mostly related to being outside in the winter. (Hot to cold or vice versa) I like some of the rest of you am so glad to know that I am not the only one with this problem. I am seriously considering seeing a neurosurgen about the neck thing. Any comments will be appreciated.
Anonymous
Hmmm... very strange to see so many people with this. My left ear gets red and burns whenever I'm tired, or stressed. Both ears get red when I drink. I've also noticed a decrease in sensation in the left side of my face during the episode, haven't seen that mentioned here. For the record, I'm O-, I have ADHD, I do take Adderall, and I have had this (my mother says) almost since birth. She claims it was a tell tale sign that it was nap time! :)
Anonymous
I also have been experiencing this red ear syndrome. Left, Right and sometimes both. Always at night. Blood type is A-

I take norvasc 5mg for blood pressure last 4 years, but this ear thing has only started in the last month or so.

I do see a chiropractor and was thinking that maybe this had something to do with my neck adjustment that he did last month.
I will ask him the end of this month when I see him.
If it wasn't for the burning it wouldn't be too bad.
BH
I don't know about any of you, but my right ear hurts when it becomes red and hot, and is very sensitive to touch. It hurts to sleep on it. I believe it may be related to drinking. Best of luck..
Rob
Fairly certain is has nothing to do with drinking. I personally do not drink alcohol. It may be neurological and related to stress. It seems that my ears, one or two, become most irriated when my emotions get the best of me. As brutus mentioned above with the ruptured disk in his neck, I too have disc problems. I have a par's defect (slipped disk + fractured verterbae) in my lumbar (lower back). Curious to see if anyone else has something similar. Also, does anyone with this red ear condition have any types of other conditions such as diabetes, HIV, cancer, etc. I personally do not have any of the mentioned but maybe the red ear syndrome (RES) is an early tell sign of something. Look forward to the comments.

P.S. Thank you for the direct comments J!
J
Hi again Rob, yes, I too have disc problems. Both cervical and lumbar.I've been going to a chiropractor for many, many years now - keeps me away from the surgeon! No diabetes, HIV or cancer that I've ever been diagnosed with. Like Scott, I suffered with migraines. I still get severe headaches that wake me up early in the morning, sometimes with a very painful earache from sleeping on the ear. hmmmmmmmm
Gail
Am 56 years old and have had red ear experiences as long as I can remember. Have Hepatitis C, bulging cervical disc, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, thyroid dysfunctions, etc., etc.. I have a friend who also has red ear problems and she has thyroid dysfunction, also. I Dont't drink or smoke (used to). Am sitting here now with 2 bright red, painfully hot ears and am glad I found ya'll... Doesn't help my ears but I'm glad to hear I'm not all by my lonesome!!
Mike
Male, 36. Have had episodes of one or both ears suddenly turn bright red and feeling hot for as long as I can remember. Tonight the left ear got hot and red, but this time the left side of my face also felt warm (which I don't remember happening before). I was concerned so I googled and found this site. I was stressed tonighted and I'm a generally anxious person. Had eaten about 3 minutes prior with lots of tabasco, and took two aspirin before also. It's been 1hr 45min and it's starting to cool down a bit, but I still feel it. My girlfriend could actually see the difference in color between my left and right ears.
D.S.
I'm 51, and this happened to me today at midday for the first time in my life! It was my left ear, and it was really uncomfortable. After reading this very helpful thread, I suspect the culprit is alcohol. Last night, for the first time in ages, I had some wine and champagne in celebration of Valentine's Day.
EDWIN RODRIGUEZ
I’m also getting this crap every now and then. I’m trying to figure out where it’s coming from and so far I’m thinking that might be coming from people having a little worry or something that's in your mind almost all the time during the day, every day.
What do you think?
RAD
Wow, what a find. My quick dash to google to see if "burning ear" has found me this treasure trove of companion sufferers! I don't remember having this before, although it's possible, but last night my left ear turned crimson, then purple, and was so hot! It stayed the same for two hours, and everyone with me was amazed by it. I laughed it off, and eventually it went away. It was freezing outside, and I was in a warm building - also I'd eaten chocolate for valentines when I've been dairy free for 12+ months. No alcohol that day. Hadn't slept well for a couple of nights. Hmmm this does seem to be a mystery!I keep checking my ear to see if it's happening again! Considering the large amount of possible causes, we need someone to give us a correct diagnosis. Is there a doctor in the house?
Susan
My son, who is 6, gets a red, hot right ear at least every week. We use something called a "Chillow." It's an insert for a pillow that has a special gel inside it. You fill this little flat, flexible "pillow" with water and stopper it. The gel holds the water and it has never leaked. You put it under a pillow case and lay on it. It's very cool and it eases his ear discomfort very effectively. I bought mine on ebay but originally saw it in one of those catalogs you find on airplanes. Thought this might help someone.
brutus
Has anyone talked to any kind of medical person re this condition? I would really like to find out what is causing this. I still feel that mine has something to do with the surgery that I had on my neck. My neck at times bothers me and feels like it has fever or heat like feelings. I am really enjoying the info from all of you. This makes me feel better. Thought for awhile that I was dreaming all of this up.
Tracey
I also get the burn. Mine is only in the right ear. It's going on about twice a day (for about a week now). I have a headache that I can't get rid of too. In the past, when the ear quits frying each day, the migraines start up. I look at it as a warning sign to keep the Imitrex handy. I guess the next few weeks won't be fun. The tongue trick doesn't help me much. I do notice lack of sleep and stress are sometimes a trigger. Or maybe I can't sleep and am stressed out because the side of my head is in flames.
sara
Has anyone found a MEDICAL explanation for this. My ears started doing it last week and its scaring me. Red hot every evening like my body is trying to purge something. Thank you to anyone who replies. I will post anything I find out too.
sara
You can e-mail me direct too at sarajane2222@hotmail.com
Joanna
I'm 43 and have been experiencing this for about 6 years. First notice was at the end of my pregnancy. At that time there was facial redness/swelling (on left) as well.... Now it's just periodic red ear w/the burning and heat. I have made the correlation to wine drinking (though not when pregnant), and tonight it came on immediately after a stressful episode (related to something I've been mentally obsessing about for some time!). I also clench/grind in my sleep and have had TMJ related issues. My blood pressure is extremely low and my diet is very healthy (mostly home cooked/organic foods.....though I do love my sugar!).
So far it appears to be stress related and probably exascerbated by alchohol.
J
Joanna writes <<So far it appears to be stress related and probably exascerbated by alchohol. >> I agree insofar as wine brings on my red ear. Been thinking about the stress factor. I am not under any stress, but I wonder if it can be brought on my suppressing an emotion. I have a tendancy to hold back anger, being very mild mannered the majority of time. Hmmmmmm, any comments group?
Jamie
Well after so many years of feeling alone in this subject ( before finding this site) I noticed that my brother's ear was really red the other day and talked to him about it ( he's 17 I'm 25) and OMG he has it too! He says his only happens when he has been out in the cold and comes in to a warm place. I still think it has something to do with diet though somehow. I haven't had an episode since I started my diet over a month ago. And I used to get it very frequently. Then again I used to get heartburn -alot- and I don't get that anymore either. Odd.
Karrie
Hi guys. Wow. Thanks everyone for the tips. I get my red, hot, burning right ear at about 3:00 in the afternoon every day. This happens no matter what I have in my diet; and I also have very normal (if not a little on the low side) blood pressure and get lots of good sleep. I get the ear thing during times when I have absolutely no stress whatsover, and the hotness of it is actually painful to me. One time at work it was hurting me so terribly, that I went in to the kitchen at work and stuck my right ear in the freezer. Today, when I tried the tongue deal, I got some pleasant "chills" if you will, in my head (kind of like the chills you get in your body at times), which I could feel were cooling off my entire head, and consequently, my right ear! Cool! (no pun intended). At any rate, I will be checking out the site mentioned above, and thank you again all of you for your helpful input!
Rob
As I had previously mentioned, I do not drink alcohol and yet I still get the RES. I was wondering if anyone, with RES, also has acid reflux problems like myself? Also, was curious if it may be a sign of dehydration. Weather may also play apart because I did not start getting these red ears until last August when the weather turned cool. Now that it is starting to heat up here down south, my episodes have subsided greatly.
J
Yes Rob, I have acid reflux too, taking Nexium for it. Sometimes so bad I have to sleep sitting up, can't lay down. However, today the red ear came on when I was bending over to get something out of the freezer. This is crazy.
Keenan
My nephew is 10 & visits regularly, often has this problem, both his ears get red hot.(He doesn't drink alcohol) I did however, see a program on tv one night that discussed Red Ear, ADD, & ADHD associated with food allergies. Possibly Dateline? Not really sure.
Anonymous
I'm 14 years old and one of my ears is constantly getting red and really hot can u help me?
Brian
Very helpful. I'm 23 and not sure how long exactly this has happened for - but its been at least several years. Generally happens to both ears late at night. They get really hot and really red.

Personally, it doesn't bother me too much. I've always thought it makes me unique and if nothing else, brings up a topic of conversation. My girlfriend thinks it's "cute"...so, there's that.

Points of interest which seem to be relevant and maybe helpful. I have ADHD and take adderal. I'm a financial analyst and work long hours - often with little sleep. My blood type is 'O', but I can't remember if its negative or positive (sorry). I drink on the weekends - but have never noticed a correlation. I don't drink coffee and generally stay away from chocolate and caffeine/sugary things. Migraines run in my family, but I've only had two or three in my life.

Since no one has a better answer, i'm going to just keep my original assumption that it happens to those destined for greatness, like us.
John
Ok, I will list the following symptoms and what I have found, btw I'm 27 and in pretty good health, but was diagnosed with ADD in high school and took Ritalin for about a year:

1. Hot, red ears
2. Hot, red face and neck
3. Occasional upper chest gets red and hot.
4. Very mild edema swelling in my shins.
5. Occasional throat trouble (almost like it's closing up, but never any breathing trouble).

Bear with me, this is long, but has a point...

So here it goes, I've been to the doc for a couple of problems in the last 3 years. I had horrible stomach pain, still do, several days a week. Usually accompanied by a hurried rush to the toilet for a #2 :). However nothing was ever found, despite colonoscopy and endoscopy, scan, and ultrasound. I was told to de-stress, as the gastro physician tagged my profession with over stressing me and causing irritable bowel syndrome. Fine right...well, it hasn't gone away, but I gave up on it (after spending a lot of $$$ on tests).

A year later I was training for a mini-marathon and had horrible shin pains. Unbearable. Thinking that I might have stress fractures or shin splints I saw my doctor again. They took MRIs and X-rays, even a scan. Well, nothing. All they could see is that "yes" there was swelling. My instructions were to quit running. Fine, I did, but the swelling is still here (more than 1 year later). Now it's not bad swelling, but enough that if I put my finger on either of my shins with some light pressure, I can leave a small divot.

These two problems surfaced in the last three years, and you know what else did, the hot red ear, face, neck, and chest thing. I started to become very aware of it (the hot feeling, and red display).

Yes, drinking triggered it on many occasions, but not all drinking. It was specific beers that were causing me trouble, I have not had trouble with wines. I started to notice that wheat beers were the worst. Not only would I turn red and get hot, but my throat would kind of toughen up and get uncomfortable, thus I would always stop drinking. Funny again though, it doesn't always happen with the beer, but it does most of the time.

Well, just last week I had a bad episode (which led me to this site and others). What were the circumstances? I had a handful of pretzel sticks, and wheat was one of the key ingredients. But looking online it doesn't seem like wheat is a common allergy, so I'm skeptical that it's that simple, but I feel I'm getting closer to figuring this out.

I started putting the pieces together. I read that food allergies or intolerances can cause significant stomach trouble (pain, excessive trips to the stall, etc.). I also read that food allergies can cause fluid retention and edema. This could explain my shins, and the fact that in the last three years I have managed to put on 30 lbs. with relatively no change in activity level (I still go to the gym, just lower impact on the shins), and even less change in my diet (it's perhaps even better than it was 3 years ago).

On top of all of this, a final piece. The last two years my company has provided me with a complete blood screening. Both years my allergen indicator (Eosinophil) was very high...at 5.0 (1.0-3.0 is normal). Funny, even the nurse said, wow, you must be miserable with allergies. I don't get allergies, so I said no, not at all. No hay fever, no nothing. She was somewhat perplexed. The first year I just figured the test was off, but my most recent test indicates the same thing. So given this circumstance I really think that this all may be caused by a food allergen.

I will be contacting an allergist next week, but would like it of some others could respond to this before then. If anyone can pinpoint similar trouble, please let me know. You can send comments to my email if you do not wish to respond here.
John
I forgot to mention that I have migraines as well.
J
Hi John, since your post was quite long, this is the part to which I am responding,<<I read that food allergies or intolerances can cause significant stomach trouble (pain, excessive trips to the stall, etc.). I also read that food allergies can cause fluid retention and edema>>.
I agree. I have an intolerance for dairy products and they affect me this way. Even with the Lactaid I have excessive gas and swelling in the summer. So, yes there's a lot to be said for food allergens and I hope you will give us an update after your visit and results. I believe you may be in for a long time of testing, eliminating one type of food after another. I suspect wheat, gluten etc. I know how bloated I feel after eating spaghetti, bread products or similar. [my favorite!!!]
Don't know what effect all of this has on red ear, but maybe we're honing in on something here. Keep us informed, OK? God bless, J
Tracey
Since I get migraines after I go through a few weeks of RES each day. I decided to try my Imitrex before they started up. And it worked. I haven't had a hot ear since I took it (almost 2 weeks now). I also have ADD and allergies. I do drink some alcohol but I can't see that it makes it happen any more offen. I can see where stress does.
Brutus
I have had asthma and lots of allergies for 50 some yrs. All is under control with inhalers and past allergy shots were also helpful. Do believe allergies may be related to our red ears but also have something new to add. I have been doctoring for a week now for fluid in the ears and some sinus infection. I have had a steriod shot and am taking the generic brand of augmentin. Since all of this I have not had any episode with my red ears. My everyday life has been the same except for this illness. I really appreciate all of the comments on this annoying problem with the ears.
Brutus
Guess I spoke to soon. Its the 8th day of taking the medicine that I thought was helping my ear and now the red ear is back Only one is red this time. Guess since the steriod shot should be wearing off by now that that is what helped my ears. Who knows....I am about to give up on any solution.
Jen
I could fry eggs on my ears they are so hot today! So in my internet search for an answer I came across this posting list-- how odd that there is no explanation for this! For me, sometimes it's one ear, usually my right, but most often it's both. I can't remember now for how long this has been going on, but I'm 35 years old, and I can't remember not having it happen. It's generally on a daily basis, starting in the afternoon around 3-4pm, but it also sometimes kicks in when I drink, and also sometimes when I've had little sleep. Are we space aliens or something? Please let me know if anyone figures this out!
NICK DURHAM
I wonder if we are discussing different syndromes here. RES, as normally discussed by neurologists, is that painful condition usually in one ear - rarely in both. The ear may appear red and have a painful ( but not always burning) sensation which can spread from the area around the ear - and can be excruciating. Just having an ear that turns bright red and may feel hot is not regarded as RES.

The problem with this is syndrome is that it is exactly that - a syndrome not an actual treatable condition.
The sad fact is that having spent much time and money with four different neurologists in Dublin and London(inc the top neurological clinic) none of them could state the cause of this condition. I got different reasons - relapsing polychondritis being one of them. Other suggestions :- it is related to migraine (especially for younger sufferers), or it is associated with upper cervical disorders( (as in cervical spinal area,not cervix) or with temporomandibular joint dysfunction or with trigeminal nerve disorders -the list goes on.
Neurologists are happy to take your money with no guarantee that they have any idea how to cure this.

It is my wife who has suffered from this for some years - she's just had three weeks nonstop most of each day with an extremely painful ear that has spread and is causing her the greatest agony and distress. The doctors have put her on anti-depressants and various calcium blockers (mainly because both medicines in different ways lower the "firing" of the nerves which cause pain) -but they ain't working, and are unlikely to unless a cause ifs found.

She is desperate -and if anyone else out there suffers like she does and has come across an effective remedy please tell me.

Medically there seems to be no answer.
So, we'll try anything.
brutus
When one or both of my ears gets red, they are beet red and feels like it goes further down my neck, but not as red. I can't really say that this is painful to me, just very irrating. I am now trying to not take anything for everyday aches and pains but tylenol. I have taken a lot of advil, motrin etc. for the common aches and pains. Since I do have allergies this may be a factor with me. My daughter told me that asthmatics are not suppose to take anything but tylenol,so I will try this for a couple of weeks.
J
Excerpt: ""until scientists discover a cure for stress-related vascular instability. No one knows the cause of this phenomenon, which is fairly common in people who are particularly sensitive to the effects of psychological discomfort. "" Yes, I have seen that this is how it affects me. I am in a situation where I get the slightest bit heated, my ear turns red, then my face, sometimes even my nose. I can't explain when I'm questioned, just embarrassed. I don't enjoy the frustration. But, looks like we have to live with it, huh?
CCCCCrazy
I am a 34 year old Chinese male living in Hong Kong. One of my ears usually turns red hot. So hot that even ice cannot cool it down. Sometimes left ear, sometimes right ear. Seldom both. My siblings do not have the same problem. Not any member of my family. I don't do much exercise, I don't drink regularly, I don't smoke, I am single and a little bit chubby. I know red ears can be caused by stress or alcohol but they are not the only reasons, definitely. It NEVER happens in the morning. Only in the afternoon or evening. Sometimes in the summer (about 30 degrees in Hong Kong, but I am usually in an air-conditioned place), but usually more serious in autumn and winter (about 10 to degrees). When I am outdoor, it occurs less frequently. When I am indoor, in a room with lots of people, then it occurs quite readily. I have lived in Britain for about two years, and I remember I didn't have this red ear symptom during that period. I have asked doctors but they said it's no big deal. I have this strange thing for as long as I can remember. I tried to see if it is related to the air, humidity and temperature of the environment. Well, temperature doesn't seem to play an important role. Maybe humidity. But now I believe that CO2 may be the culprit (a crowded, less ventilated place is the worst for me, even if it's cold). Anyway, it is so great to discover this homepage and now I know that I am not alone - I have never ever seen anyone who has the same symptom. I will try the tongue trick next time when my ear turns red. But then, even if it does not work, I do not mind. To my friends, it's my trademark! No more embarrassment after all these years. Even my barber gets used to it when I am having a haircut! Thank you for reading.
kk
Hi,

I have the same problem too and there is a thumping feeling in my ears when it occurs and i feel the muscle around my ears contracting.

This usually occurs in my right ear and it will spread to my left ear. It is causing me a lot of distress as I just joined a new company and my colleagues think i'm weird and I am very much about to lose my job over something I cannot control.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Anonymous
Hi Fellow Red Ear Partners,
This is crazy. I never realized how many people suffer from this red ear thing. Mine is usually in my left ear and stress does trigger. Alcohol..big time!! I have no clue what this is or how to fix. I have read all the different postings and its seems we all have the stress and drinking in common, but if you notice some people are on meds, some aren't. some have High Blood pressure, most don't. I am in nursing school and have been trying to figure out why my ears get red.. still have no clue. All I know is when I do start drinking I have all my friends pointing out that once again my ear is red. Very annoying. I guess its not harmful, but since noone knows exactly what it is and caused from that leaves room for the possibilty that it may cause harm in the future?? Let me if anyone finds out anything?? Thanks
Red Hot in FL
Liz
I can't believe I found this site!! I am so excited! My two year old son has been experiencing this weird "red, hot, ear" for about three months. All of a sudden, one ear (usually his left) will get really hot, red (almost purple), and he says,"it's hot." I've been wondering what the heck is going on. It is sooooo comforting to read all of the posts. If anyone finds out new info, please share it. I am going to mention this to his doc. Thanks for sharing.
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Data Structures and Algorithms in Python 15 October 2003
Last grading result 12 July 2003