One hot ear

28 October 2003   1263 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?


I've had that happen while doing qi gong and during meditation. No explanation yet!
It's also always only the right ear. How about yours?
This is strange for me also, it is my right ear, that even turns very red, this happens at least once a week.
this happens when you do what?
Yes, for me it was the right ear too.

Are you a student of Fujian White Crane mr. P?
My son of about 8 years age also gets this one ear getting hot frequently . Is it an anomaly. Please do let me know
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.
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!
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?
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!
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?
I get it and asked my doctor about it; he says it is a form of migraine.
I also have this'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 never happens during the day...only after going to try sleeping more and see if that helps
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.....
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???
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.
I just tried this and my ear cooled off a great deal a minute later. Weird coincidence? Can't wait to try it again.
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Why worry? It can't damage you and surely you're not in pain when your ears are hot.
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 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!!
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?
"physically, or was it mind over matter?"
Does it matter Kari? :)
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.:-)
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... :-(
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.
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.
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!!
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?
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
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.
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?
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.
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…
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?
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?
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.
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My right ear gets really hot for no reason and I have no idea why, its kind of wierd
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I also get hot ears once in a while and i really get uncomfortable.Sometimes my palms get really hot than the rest of the body and i don't know the cause
Talal Alawadhi
This is amazing to see all my fellow sufferers under one thread. just here to add my name on the list :,D
colin dickinson
I have had hot ears since I was 20 years old but this slowed down until recently when it started again for the last 2 months.
This time I know it is a telepathic contact with a girl relation who has become very close to me.
I have even recorded the times this happened; some times my ears will be burning from 8.00pm until 1.00pm other times it will be in the morning when she gets out of bed !, but this happens most days, it dose not matter what I am doing sitting walking at home or at the pub driving it still happens.
When I was 20 I had a telepathic connection to a girl, when my ears became red hot I knew she wanted to contact me and I was correct all the time I even knew where she was.
Also I have had constant telepathic / premonitions and out of the body incidents throughout my life including some of the unbelievable dreams you can ever think of I can instantly recall a large number of my dreams even dating back to when I was 5 years old.
To me; we are special !.
hey, wow I cant believe I found other people that have the same problem as me! lol. anyway, im 13 years old and I've recently had a lot of problems and stress created in my life. but I don't think stress is the cause... I mean it could be, but I think i'd trust the other possibilities as well. my left ear, almost everyday gets RED like extremely red and burning HOT. this happens at about 1:30ish to about 2:30ish almost everyday... ( an hour ). which everyone asks me about it, its pretty obvious to everyone around me... I mean, I feel like its not normal-not common. of course I've asked my teachers about it as well, many have said that its high blood pressure. I know that high blood pressure is created from stress... which makes sense because of me being so stressed out and worried about everything that's going on in my life right now. but I mean, this hot red ear thing will happen even when I've had a great day-when I have no reason to be worried or stressed. I don't really know, its not normal for 13 year olds to get high blood pressure...I think... is it? although, its good to know that there's others with this problem too. gosh, this is so weird. anyone agree? lol. please comment any thoughts, ideas, suggestions, questions... anything back to me and i'll answer back ASAP. thanks!
I used to have RES every day, two years ago, I had surgery for the deviated septum, it was partially succesful. RES stops for some time, it went back after sometime but less frequent but was more during the winter, . recently I managed to control it and found that the main reason is the deviated septum where less oxygen reach the brain and had the sleelessnes during the day followed by RES. I am no using the nasal strip to keep the noze open, I avoided sleeping in the back that was the main reason for snoring and normal breathing.I am having much less RES duringthe day. I am using the nose drop to keep the airway open during night. you can try it for a couple of weeks and inform back on the results.
I am mid 50. I've experienced the same for my right ear. I've started Tai Chi (Chen Style) until sweat (20 min) with long 85 forms regularly every morning. The symptom (one Red, Red Ear) could be some thing related to "Ki" starting move in body meridian.
Hello everyone.
My friend has the same problem. He tried the cucumber slices solution and it worked. Simply, place the cucumber slices on your ear and when it bcomes hot, replace it with another slice.
Hope you will benefit from this too.
Aman Chaudhary
Always my both the ears get red and hot.......then after that I get restless and tired and my
forehead becomes heavy and it continues for 3-5 hours occurs frequently twice or thrice day
..these day my whole face become red and hot and its a very weird experience ,,,,

IF anyone could help me or could suggest something i would be very THANKFUL to him
Hi i have this thing too i always blew it off but i didnt realise it was an actual thing. Today i had it twice on same ear, and I was particulaly tired today. I tried the tongue trick and surprisingly i think it did provide relief while i was doing it, it felt like a less warm flow of blood but worked less when i stopped. (the technique is to press your tongue on the roof of you mouth right at the back so your tongue is "folded over" ) good luck ;)
haaaa i'm too suffering from this problem. i thought it occurs with me only... But after seeing this post and number of comment i am feeling realy good. i even laughed when i saw people talking about their right ear becoming hot as my right ear also becomes hot frequently. by the way their any solution for preventing this problem
LInda Germany
I have this red ear often. If I get too warm, doing computer work, when I have a glass of wine, when I am tired, when stressed. I use an ice pack and it soothes it. Ahhhh. Usually my right ear, but has been my left ear also.
dale baird
 just thought I may have been on the way out,always my left and ringing in my ears started about the same time ,has anyone else experienced the locusts or crickets as I call them,hell at first I thought I was
same as with the other stories, always at night and the locusts also become louder in the evenings.
A lad in my school only has one ear because the other one melted off
I get this often. It's always my left. I have found mine to be related to my emotions. I get it when I'm mad,embarrassed, disappointed,sad, or in pain. I haven't found any really useful information on this,and I think it is strange that it only occurs in my left ear, and happens when I have strong emotions like the ones I listed above. I'm glad I'm not the only one, but I haven't read about one related to strong emotions, so mine is a tad bit different. Good luck guys (And girls)!
hey i m also pursuing a same problem here
suddanly it's goes hot and it's be around consistant 30 to 45 min and it's become normal afterword...
This is such a relief to find so many others who battle the same red ear syndrome. I too today felt the hot ear in the left. Pressure was up a couple days ago as well. I will try the forgiving exercises. Thanks.
I get this almost on a daily basis now and have had it for quite some time:
-Left ear only
-Closer to the end of my day.
-Can see a vein in my ear that is normally not apparent.
-Sometimes feel it along my neck and face leading up to the ear, and slightly above the ear at times as well.

Things I have associated it with in theory:
-Caffeine as I drink a few cups a day, but usually the first part of my day only.
-Lack of sleep, long days
-I live the overnight life (awake at 7pm, asleep by 1pm on a typical day)
-Blood Pressure (As the veins in my left arm sometimes go very thick and heavy at the same time)
-Vascular restriction (So it feels like and based on what I have read)
-Red Ear Syndrome kind of sounds like what we are all dealing with, however very few cases are diagnosed as such. I also don't find I get migraines.

Other thoughts:
-Had wisdom teeth removed. The bottom left one did not heal correctly leaving a small opening which gets infected quite often. Not always do I feel that it is infected, however it may be linked.
-Had Blood test, normal. EKG normal.
-Things I will be trying in the future. Regular exercise (cardio) to see if it is just due to lack of it. May help with the vascular side of things.
-Better diet (already started) including lowering sodium intake and caffeine intake.

I sometimes feel that these might be early signs of worse problems to come if I don't make health conscious choices to better the situation. I will keep you updated if I am able to get this under control myself.
Boy I cant believe this thread is still going. I found this site and posted about 10 years ago, and I still dont think we've found a concrete cure, although I need to read through about 500 posts to catchup. lol. good luck to all. I do find that sleep helps a lot, but i also have trouble sleeping, oh well what can u do
To better explain what I meantioned above two posts ago, See this picture:

If you look at this picture, the vein that runs up the neck, to the ear, eye, jaw, and slightly above the ear.. These are the spots I can notice discomfort while experiencing the hot ear. Anyone else in the same boat? Im thinking blood flow, blood pressure, or restriction
Ivanka Klosvoski
Me too it usually happens in my left ear when I’m anxious or worked are something.
It's very strange and has been happening frequently if you know of any tips to stop this tell me.
I was on a date the other night and I went into the bathroom to reapply my make-up and my ear got red and hot it was like blushing but on my ear!
anything new to report?
It has to do with nerves and straining them... I was working in a car all day it happened to me. Nerves in your neck will make you eat act up if they are tweaked or if you are siting in a weird position. Also yours ears and the bottoms of your feet and other body parts vent out when the body is is to hot. Thy could also be the case.
Jeremy B.
I have had this problem for years! It's always one ear or the other that gets red and hot feeling. Always heard that this was because I was tired, and just believed it. However, if it really does hurt you, it can be another problem called 'Relapsing Polychondritis'. This is a vascular problem that attacks cartilage among other things and can be harmful. Just google RP and hopefully nobody has it since it's pretty rare. For now I am still going with the assumption that it happens due to lack of sleep, at least for me. Thanks and good luck all!
Me too :( I blush easily, and I usually blamed what I think is Rosacea that I have on my face. In even the slightest awkward situation, my ears and face light up red which causes severe embarrassment. To make things worse, I am currently sufferring from Folliculitis Decalvans on the scalp which is an inflammation in itself. Thus, when my ears become hot, my inflammation is felt three-fold. I would do anything to cure this.
I have the same problem. I was just diagnosed with chilblains. Look it up could be same problem.
This is histamine intolerance, remove from your diet the foods that you usually eat every day.for me it was tomatoe sauce tomatoes can cause an immediate reaction or a delayed reaction which can occur 7-8 hours later. When I first removed tomatoes from my diet I contuined to get red ear for about 3-4 days then on days 5 and 6 I got a slight warm feeling around the ear but no red ear 10 days in and no red ear at all . You can contact me via email or on here if you need help identifying the food that is causing the problem but first look for the food you eat everyday including sauces etc
Senea Frailey
My 8 year old son has this. It does seem to happen when he is stressed or anxious. How he helps himself is by licking his fingers and rubbing his ear with the saliva. Now that is a little older he thinks people at school are noticing this and he is getting embarrassed about it!!! I feel so bad for him. Any suggestions for him? I'll have him try the tongue technique. Has anyone seen a neurologist, dermatologist or an ENT? I just don't understand if there are all these posts on this thread why is RES so rare. Only 100 reported cases! Whatever!!!!
Lauren Groves
This is one of the first places I found when trying to figure out what could be going on with me. My right ear will sometimes get very hot, very red, and very itchy. Suddenly my arms will get itchy starting at the elbows and moving upwards. It only affects my upper body and I thought it was at first a reaction to a dissenfectant on our kitchen table but it just happened again in a restaurant when I was wearing long sleeves so it couldn't be something on the table. It always starts to setitle down if i wash the affected area with a cold cloth, but my ear takes longer to go back to normal...What is happening? This is extremely distressing for me and my parents. The right ear is always the start of it.
Lauren Groves
I got the ear wrong in the last post. It's my left ear.
I just recently got this hot ear syndrome too usually on my right. I noticed that I am getting it whenever I lack sleep so I associate it w/ stress. I googled it too and found that it can be a symptom of adrenalin deficiency .
There's an old wives tale... (I think)
Right ear - someone has spoken your name in a negative way.
Left ear - someone has spoken your name in a positive way.
I may have it reversed.
Yes, even my mom used to say the same thing. I always try to find any metal or cold objects to reduce the heat.

Someone, pls let me know the exact reason why my ear gets hot.
twotone williams
my right ear get hot , been noticing it for a few months now , most of the time it happens when im getting high on pot , so i just brush it off to that no real clue why it gets hot like that
Ed White
Saturday Morning: I woke up hungry and a little dehydrated, which didn't stop my wife and I from "exercising".. About 15 min later ( Sat morn) on our way to breakfast, but before going outside, my entire left ear had become very red and quite hot. Stayed that way for about an hour. I should mention too, that 2 days earlier I had a cortisone shot in my left shoulder, which I aggravated even more by being stupid and doing some raking of the lawn on Friday. I'm not sure how this relates, but don't want to leave out any details. Also, I should mention that I have had moderate tinnitus in my ears, which has been getting worse. My MD told me as I age (63), the tinnitus will only get worse. There it is. I'll be interested to see if this hot ear thing shows up again.
I have found that it is directly correlated with lack of sleep. I almost always get it at the end of a 12 hr shift at work...very rarely on my days off. I have perfect cholesterol and bp and an active lifestyle. I read somewhere that it might be an adrenaline release to keep you up longer but idk.
MY right ear get warm suddenly from 2-3 days it mostly happen with me in winters and right now here in India here are winters and my age is only 11 sometimes both gets warm hat to do :(
what to do plzzzz help me
Muhammad Usama Malik
My right ear ..
I was studying,using mobile and smoking...
Really amazed
Chris fernandez
Thank you for sharing. This really hit me hard reading these post. I will make changes in my life. Thanks for sharing everyone
I got the red ear today for the first time. Left ear, RED HOT, right side, normal. I was wondering if it was because I had a truly emotional retrospective time today. Being that the heart is on the left side of the body, I equate it with that.
Arunodoy Chanda
I'm one of them, my Right ear, has been hot for over 30mins now, and i started doing some research and found u guys. Here I found one possible reason from the article below(topic no. 3 Red Ears).
 Most common reason is STRESS. And for my case I agree. It happened to me few times earlier also when working under high work pressure.
But who cares. We have to work for our family and survival.
Bye friends. Back to work.
Chuck milewski
I have RES. I am 69 years, and developed this syndrome after having my ears treated with a drug called Carac for pre -cancerous lesions. The drug turned my ears into something that looked like raw hamburger. Ever since My ears sustained this Truma, my left ear turns red and hot. My belief is that truma plays a part in this syndrome.
I also believe that RES can signal a nasty and hard to diagnose desease called Polychrondritis. This is an autoimmune desease that can affect all cartledge in the body. Yes, I know it's scary but the possibility is out there, so don't blow it off.
If you know the feeling you know it is not from stess/work/math its entirely out of nowhere sometimes lasts a hr or longer and sometimes its only 20 mins but its unexplainable and how can you tell someone ear gets hot
This is stress related and I believe praying to Jesus will alleviate it. God bless you all richly with a long, healthy life.
Natalie Demaria
Adrenal Glans.
I have the same thing happen, but I am also having this strange sensation which only happens on my left ear at the top part. It feels like every once and a while sometging hot feeling just glaces my ear in that same spot. I am wondering if it might be diabetes related (i am not diabetic though), or what? my imagination?
I used to have flusing in on ear or the other. I figured it was mainly induced by fatigue, stress, adrenal glands, etc. I did however find some relief in Tai Chi (centering solar plexis if you can get into it). It did'nt completely resolve my flushing situation, but I was able to find some peace.
Hey there, I get flushed ears sometimes also, and it happens normally in on ear or the other. I gave up trying to figure it out years ago (but I really did find resolve in Tai Chi, centering myself so to speak). Recently, I have been having an idd sensation that only ever occurs in my left ear at the top in exactly the same place (in fact it just happened while typing this), is a feeling like something hot glances my ear like is a match was struck near it. Very strange and I have been looking for similiar symptoms with no luck. Maybe diabetes nerve related or something like that (although I am not diabetic)? Anyone?
Ok, so this is super spooky. Since writing about this on this blog, the sensations have become more frequent (still could be under the realm of imagination), but, I actually wrote it down on a piece of paper, and, it started happening every couple of minutes. I really, really was hoping this wouldn't turn out to be 'weird', but what is going on? Frankly, I think it is time to talk to a doctor about this, whatever it actually is, because it is starting to cause me emotional distress. I hope this never happens to another person because I know how difficult it is to try and deal with this yourself (forget about trying to explain it to others). Help!
I think PTSD might be manifesting itself from deep down below (i.e., subconsciousness). If so, I have no idea what I am dealing (or taking advantage of).
Lynn Christine
Magnesium. If you are taking a magnesium supplement or any other medication that includes magnesium get off it and your hot, burning ear symptoms will go away. My doc thought I was nuts when I told her of my symptoms which also included severe leg twitching (especially at night). Maybe magnesium doesn't effect her negatively but it sure did with me. We are not all created equally. What works for one doesn't necessarily work for another.
Hello somewhere somebody told me that happens when someone is talking about u sometimes bad sometimes good depended on wha ear is leff meaans bad .the other side meas good ..U just have to belive. .. 👀👃👄👆👂is like an extra sentido
flushing ears=yes (true) probably. BUT, when ultra comes short, and (t)dand, you gotta stop here. emoticons..., AND
Polly Hayter
My right ear is always very hot!
My son has autism and it's right ear that gets red but just the lower lope of it. So weird. But I am going to pay attention to when it happens. It maybe excitement or a new enviroment. With his autism it's hard to tell. Thanks for the forum
I am very impressed by the fact that I'm not alone in this situation! My mother has always been curious about my ears and why the right one is so red and hot sometimes while my left ear is cool.
I always thought that I was the only one with this problem, but now that I know that I am not alone and probably why this happens to me. Thank you Peterbe for shedding some light on this situation.
I also feel hot & red ear problem since childhood. I m now 38 & still same. It happens to me every nnight only in winter season (temp below 15). Still seffering. :( but in summer, it just vanishes. I have noticed 2 reasons for it to increase soo far. 1. while I use hot wather for bath 2. use of too much warm clothes.
I guess it's a common thing, mine is my right ear it's a heat sensation and can be inching at times but it doesn't really bother me at all. I just get on with it as I don't know what's the cause of it :)
Someone should take caution of this symptom. Need to do an MRI of the brain first because it may show a sign for calcification of the carotid, that needs further examinations. You should go to a doctor to examine the circulation.
so happy to see that Iam not the only one who has this issue! The red hot left ear , it doesn't hurt but feels strange! I notice it when my anxiety level raises.. so I think it's connected
my right ear feels really hot on the inside and I'm kinda getting worried
Hi All, basically hot ear is nothing but body is trying to release the heat via ear. If you elephant they always shakes their ear to cool down its body. When I take oil bath to reduce heat from body every week, that time my both ear will become very hot for an hour. Hot ear denotes your body is hot trying to release the heat. You can feel this condition in cold temperature area. since in cold temperature our skin wont be moisture and our body will not be able to cool down using our skin moisture.
I was having this consistently the past few months and I noticed it was less common on weekends. At first I thought it was due to stress (I am an engineer) and started exercising some and it got some better. I also asked myself what else I do on week days that I don't do on weekends. Well I eat 3 scrambled eggs for breakfast on the week days and usually pancakes on the weekends. Tried not eating eggs one day and the problem went away. I know it sounds crazy but it worked. So I am thinking it has something to do with high fat, high protein breakfast and lower calories the rest of the day. So I am suggesting changing up your routine, specifically what you are eating.
I have same hot ear issue. And at time when I'm in the sun my ear gets cold like ice.
I really want to know why this happens.
Natalia Quintanilla
Hi Guys! I'm looking at the year all these comments and suggestions have, this is like 10 years old. Anyway, I ended up here and while reading all these comments I realized what was actually the problem causing my ear to be red and hot.
If you are reading this there is a slight possibility that you grind your teeth, even if you do it asleep and don't know.
The grinding causes your jaw to have more tension and that lowers the blood flow in it and that affects other parts near/connected to your jaw, including your ears.
try putting some ice on your jaw and below your ear and that should help out. I would also recommend you get a guard for your teeth.
Let me know if this works, if anyone even sees it!
David Falzon
I am forty years old, I get really hot ears when its cold in autum and winter, its been happening to me since i was very young, sometimes both ears or from one ear to another, it lasts 2 or 3 hrs and then goes away and always begins and ends at the same times of the day, in the evening to lessen it I try to wear light clothing before it begins, sometimes going to bed helps, I cannot use heaters and I stay away from hot ovens and sometimes its really bad were both ears get hot including my face!
Beau Schenn
I just looked in the mirror and saw that my left ear is very red and hot while my right ear is not.
I skimmed through several comments and found no Solutions although I'm thankful for everyone sharing their situation.
To be blunt... I did a little cocaine 30 min ago...however, I've been doing that on occasion for several years and never notice anything like this... it's only the left ear. Oh well strange
I have migraine headaches. This is my sensory aura as a headache starts. If I take my medication as soon as my eat gets red, I'm good but if I wait, the other eat gets red then I get the headache...BAD. This started after my brain aneurysm was fixed. The doctors said my blood vessels were hypersensitive. That was almost 20 years ago. Always my right ear then left then headache.
At school today my ear went red! All the kids in my class noticed as well, but it was only the one! That one little ear! AT first I thought I had an infection, then i did some research, and it turns out that I either have MENOPAUSE or CANCER! Considering I'm a young'n, this isn't normal for my body, is it because I'm a REDHEAD? I have been through hormonal changes before, like when my boobies grew and all the kids noticed! But this time, it was't a good change! I don't wanna be part of the red ear army! I was already part of the itty bitty titty committee, that wasn't a fun club because I was the only one in it!

My ear was just. Is doing this so I googled it. I was worried and thought it was a system of that RP auto immune disease because I already have one called Behcets. This has happened in the past but would really far apart. Months or even years. This is the first time it has twice in one month. My right ear is the one that does really weird
Someone told me their kid gets potassium deficiency which makes his ears get red and hot so he eats a banana and it goes away. Worth a try?
I have the same thing but not only does my ear turn red my chest turns red as well.
William Soffel
I grew up in the Midwest and there was a saying there or wise tale if your right ear is on fire in your left ear isn't some is talking good about you it was vice versa then sorry he's burning you talking bad about you
Marla Welch
Just wondering if any single one of you ever got a diagnoses, or have a remedy that works, ornery than ice/ chilling. I suffer with my left ear turning red and being excruciatingly, unbearably hot!
It's my left ear and occurs every night as soon as I lay down. It will occasionally happen during the day, but guaranteed every night.
Another possible symptom, my entire body gets overheated with minimal to any activity, including showers even though I end all of my showers with a 5 minute rimmed ice cold soaking.
Hours is this even possible?
Btw, I've seen a plethora of doctors snd specialists and its not any cardiac anomaly.
My only irregular lan work has been indicative of non specific inflammation ..
Please help me++
Hey ppl, it's 2017 now, one day left for 2018
And while I was just studying for my Final exams, my left ear gets really really hot and it's happened for about two times now but I don't remember the 1st time.
It's really comforting to find ppl experiencing you!
Keeping things rolling here!
This has been happening to me for about a month now, usually at about 7pm for an hour?
I have been dealing with many other symptoms of anxiety for the past few months many of which have allevaited, and hot red ears is a more recent symptom.

No idea why, could be a delayed reaction to something in my diet, or hormonal changes. Going to experiment and come back if I find anything for my particular case.
Hey guys. Glad to find this thread that has been going for thirteen years now. Nice work.
I tried googling these symptoms and ended up here. My right ear is very hot and red, while the rest of me is cold.
It seems like people are talking about stress, lack of sleep etc. I've definitely been stressed at work and it first happened after a long shift.
I'm glad we're all in this together. Let's keep this thread going for another 13 years. Maybe more scientific research will be done in the future that will reveal to us the true origin of the single redhot ear.

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