One hot ear

28 October 2003   1,273 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 explanation for it. It's got to be internal; or?

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52 year old male, I've had this one ear issue for 30 years with no concern at all. It feels wierd but I just ignore it and go on with my life. Any body ever says any thing I just tell them it must be the devil coming out and I feel fine. That's the only thing that bothers me is pepole ask "are you ok?" yaaaaa, are you?


I have noticed big improvements after giving up the following:
- Tea and Coffee
- Wheat
- Dairy
I know thats alot to give up but it has helped big time!


Hey everybody, 20 years old here with this sickening red burning sensation on my left ear as I type. Been having this for more than 2 years now. Stay strong!


I have this syndrome and my ears are large too. There is a long break on my ear and maybe the blood issues out and make the ear hot and red?!

Some advices

Drink water! it does help, so stay hidrated, and when you are showering, go with warm to cold, and oposite. I think you ll see improvement after this.


I have given my opinion of this before - i am always doing research to find out the cause - there always is a cause - i have noticed that if i limit or elminate sodium from my diet, the RES is gone or at least less severe.


and if you have a flare up of the RES, do yourself a favor and take a Benadryl and see if that clears it up. That way you will know if its an allergy, and try to remember what you ate


I have tracked my sodium intake and notice that MSG seems to trigger my RES. Example: 3 days ago, had chinese food (biggest culprit in the history of food industry overabusing MSG on their food)= Flare up --- had tuna fish sandwhich today = no flare up -- tonight a chicken casserole w/ cream of mushroom soup which has MSG = flare up. What i am saying, at least for me i see a correlation between RES and MSG - MSG is hidden in alot of packaged foods, bottled foods and such.


Here man, I have another problem. It's my chin. It flares up after using the old you know, say no more. Just looking for people with similar reactions.


I guess you should stop bobbing on it then. I swear, you cant fix stupid!


I am 62 years old. Occasionally, I've had hot ear cold ear for as long as I can remember. I always thought I was just odd, or at least odd that way anyway. Thank goodness for the internet now I know a bunch of us are odd and not just me. The effect dosent seem to have ill effects but it is annoying. Just out of curiosity I wish I knew what caused it.


Wow, This has been happened to me now over the last three weeks,never before i have one ear thats burning and everything is ok.


well, is there anybody out there that knows the reason for this hot ear problem?...i have been having this issues for a couple of years now and it really bothers me, im 37yrs old, and one of my ears, never both at the same time gets really hot/ very uncomfortable??????/help


JOIN THE CLUB RAIZA. I wish I knew what the dam problem was. Sometimes I am so
miserable. The only thing that I have found that works is putting my whole head under the kitchen sink and soaking both of my ears and whole head with the coldest water I can get. Sometimes that doesn't even work. I have to keep on doing that sometimes 6 times and my dam ears are still RED. I have had this all of my life and I am 33 now. It SUCKS. Good luck


We could solve it by trying to ask the biggest experts of medicine in our towns, mine don't know, but trying to figure out, so please ask and share with us, that s the only way

Dr. Felix

I put yogurt on it and it helps out a lot.. it's an old wise tale my grandmother taught me :) hope it helps!


omg this really worked haha


does it help in some permament way, or just temporary? plz answer


permenatly..its crazy i thinks its from all the probiotics in the yogurt..


I know what causes this and can tell all of you from experience - it is a MAGNESIUM DEFICIENCY. My magnesium deficiency was caused by caffeine intake and a calorie restricted diet as mine started acutely getting red at almost the same time everyday about 5 months ago. A little over a month ago I began to take a magnesium supplement of 500 mg a day tried to eliminate caffeine and sodium and generally unhealthy foods. After about a week or two the red ears went away as the deficiency was corrected.

It is a benign condition caused by your diet. Several different things can block magnesium from being absorbed by your system.

I too, was scared of carcinoid syndrome or relapsing polychondritis and had all the tests run. The doctors couldn't tell me what caused it but said if they didn't hurt then it was nothing to worry about. If only your ear or ears turn red and not your face and chest too then it is NOT carcinoid syndrome. Relapsing polychondritis is inflammation of your ear lasting for several days and would be painful to the touch.

Just remember, at least 500 mg of magnesium a day and a healthy diet and I assure you your ears will get better. I hope this helps some of you as it has helped me.


man if this really help me i 'll own you so much! I ll own u for the rest of my life, Just hope we had the same cause


It's possible that is the answer, i found this: When lab rats are deprived of magnesium, a wide variety of studies have noted that they develop allergy like symptoms. Their ears turn red. Maybe we found something finally :)


bout the yogurt,hmm...gonna try it soon
and thanks john...for your've done a good deed by just sharing..thanks again


Hey, I have had this problem for a long time and yes just like everyone else here my red ears usually occur at night, never in the morning !!!
I thought of many things tht could cause this and have tried many many things to overcome this as it is reall embarrasing in public when your ears are glowing red for no reason, you feel really stupid.

I saw jonathans comment above about magnesium deficiency and I really think this might be the cure ! I looked at ways to tell if you are possibly magnesium deficient and I fit a few of the points mentioned.

So I am going to buy magnesium supplements and use daily and report back any change or difference they make. I really am hoping this will cure this annoying problem.

Oh, also I found this:

It explains that lack of magnesium leads to inflammation and increased blood in the ears (this was tested in rats and mice as mentioned by ft above) so the same would apply to humans, or at least thats what my theory is.

So, hopefully after all this time we have found the reason ! Thanks to jonathan, I will post back with any info. I find !!

Good luck all, lets hope this works well


Earlier someone suggested that rolled oats (oatmeal) eaten every day helped reduce or eliminate their RES.

Then magnesium has just been noted to help.

Interestingly, rolled oats are a very good source of magnesium . . .


i can't tell u for now, maybe magnesium does really help but i must wait for colder time cuz in summer they won t go red


well was at a party last night drinking alcohol (this is usually when my ears will stay red all night) and I can say that after having magnesium supplements on the same day and eating pumpkin seeds(excellent source of magnesium) that my Red Ears problem was very minimal to what it would have otherwise been.

So it does seem to be helping, either that or its all just pure coincedence

I will report back with more info soon


well i was at a party last night drinking alcohol (usually this is when my red ear syndrome is at its worst) and since I have been eating high magnesium foods lately I noticed last night that I got very minimal red ears where as usually it would be much worse.

So i do think the magnesium is helping however I cannot be sure yet. Will report back with more info. when I get more ;)


oops, double posted lol


Yep, I got it too. Mine began about 5 yrs ago and its only gotten worse. Sometimes its so bad that I gota lay down cuz its exhausting sometimes. I am 48 and I began peri menopause whenI was in late 30s and now 10 yrs later, its worse sometimes. Heat, lights, stress,hotflashes.. It sucks, but it is what it is. I had to leave nursing clinicals because it got so bad.I cant take HRT for menopause,so i am on BP meds for the flashes and it works. Loose the caffeine! and anything with cafeine in it! drink plenty of water, and watch spicy foods and that seems to help. God Bless you, my hot ear friends!


doggone dirty demons do it


sometimes they get red, sore and hot, you would think they r on fire..but be careful me, cuz ya never know when that demon is gona bite you. LOL


well had another red ear attack tonight and the same last night and I have been on real high magnesium foods lately, so this does not (much to my dissapointment) seem to be helping :(
Why does no one know why this happens ?????
Everything has reason and cause behind it, surely this is no different ??

Im a 19 year old male who is healthy (dont smoke, drink occasionaly, exercise reguarly, drink loads of water, eat loads of nuts/seed, and other healthy foods) and yet I still get RES

We need to all start listing similarities with why this could happen

Also, this NEVER happens in daytime, only ever at NIGHT, usually after 8pm

Also much more common if in a social enviroment (possible complex ? )


I have found out what my answer is for the RES - I can only state what my experience is but it might not be yours - I have found out that sodium retention is the culprit, when i have to much sodium during the course of the day, my ears flare up. Eliminate the sodium from the diet and my ears are fine the whole day. Now with that being said, its a sodium/pottasium inbalance. Sodium and pottasium fight for their rights is our bodies, when there is an inbalance it manifests itself in physical symptoms, RES being one of those. This is my opinion. Once i decreased my sodium and increased pottassium, i have not had a problem with RES. I'm just sayin.


can u tell me what food u eat more, and what food u eliminated or reduced?


doggone dirty demons do it. You know me's right!


anyone any other ideas ?

must be food realted i think :S

food diary time


Well, like I said, try to eliminate sodium from your diet, eat more potassium - i know thats hard to do because everything has sodium in it, but generally pre-packaged, canned foods and such are automatically eliminated right off - it would be a good idea to food log that would give you an idea of whats causing it.


iain - i know its frustrating but if you are eating alot of nuts and seeds, those are loaded with sodium - do yourself a favor, lay off the sodium for a few days and see what happens - worked for me, low sodium, high pottasium = eliminated RES -- if people want to choose to ignore my suggestion well then keep living with the RES, i for one am happy i know what the problem is and i took steps to eliminate it. Take this for example, go to a chinese restaurant, order chicken chop suey and see what happens - then next time you go back order it without the MSG, see what happens.


Hi hot ear folks: My left ear gets really warm every so often. Not painful, just very warm. Rycer, thanks for your suggestion on keeping a food log. I am on meds for high BP, cholesterol, diabetes and diabetic nerve pain and a blood thinner; all under control. I'm 76 and this ear thing just started about a year ago. If I ID any suspected cause for my hot ear, I'll let you all know.


Oh, sorry. I meant to include this: my ear does not get red!

Daniella Asima

mine started last night around this same time, my mum gets it sometimes she claims its during the winter times not sure


my ears have been burning for about 5 years now... it started on a night I had a sleepover with my friend. My friend and I were fighting online with these other girls in an AIM instant messaging conversation. Afterward, my friend says to me, "is your ear burning?" I'm like, "yeah!" After that night both or just one of my ears will burn on and off. Sometimes it will be a burn so bad I could almost cry, but other times it's just a slight burn. It happens randomly thought out the day and night. I've heard of the saying, Left is for love and right is for spite, but honestly I just want it to stop. It can be very painful and I don't care who is talking about me and when.

My diet has varied over the years. I've tried low sodium, low calorie, you name it... nothing has worked.


Hello everyone. I am a 19 year old college student and have been suffering with hot ears for about 8 months. I believe I have finally identified the cause of this malady and a possible cure.

Here is my theory: Red hot ear syndrome is the ear's response to some type of low grade chronic ear infection caused by a blocked or partially blocked Eustachian tube. (The Eustachian tube is the tube that links the pharynx with the middle ear). Everyone knows that when an infection is present, the body heats up to fight it off. Now, if the infection is localized to one area of the body, it is possible for only that area of the body to heat up. If the Eustachian tube gets blocked for an extended period of time for whatever reason, it is possible for bacteria from the mucus to migrate to the middle ear causing an ear infection. This ear infection can be treated, but unless something is done about the blocked Eustachian tube, the infections will just keep coming back.

Now, for the possible cure (it worked for me). I convinced my doctor that I was indeed suffering from an ear infection, for which he prescribed oral antibiotics which I took for 10 days. During this time, I also supplemented my body's attempt to fight of the ear infections with a hot pack (not too hot!) applied to the ears 3 times a day. Finally, I took Sudafed regularly over this time period to act as a decongestant for the Eustachian tube. Its been about two weeks and I have had not a single bout of red ear syndrome. At this point, I am not sure how to keep one's Eustachian tube from filling up again, but I have talked to my doctor and apparently there are types of medications that can be used to keep ones mucous membranes from being overactive.

This is very very encouraging for me and has convinced me that I am right with my theory as I used to get hot red ear syndrome at least once or twice a day every single day. The Eustachian tube theory also explains why young children seem to get this condition alot--young children's Eustachian tubes are not as developed and are more prone to blockage. Anyway, I hope this information helps you as it helped me. If you decide to give my idea a try, please post with your results. It is only a theory after all.

Good luck


Chris this is a very interesting theory. Sudafed does have an impact on blood pressure and I am wondering whether this has an impact on the flushing of your ears independently of whether or not the eustachian tube is affected. Did you have any observations done to confirm a problem with the eustachian tube (e.g. of the ear drum)? I would say more broadly that clonidine and other alpha blockers can improve red ear syndrome. email me at chris would be good to talk to you


ok, anybody rich here, if so pay some best doctor u can get and find out what can help against itand share... i would do that but can't afford it... 2nd chance is alternative medicine, but i'm far from china or india...

Concerned Mom (update)

I posted to this site on December 29, 2009...this is an son recently turned 8 (July)..and hasn't had any red ear issues!!! He suffered with it since he was 2 or 3 years olds. So, there's hope for some of the little guy/girl sufferers out there...maybe some will outgrow it:)


well i ll have to dissapoint you, because res stops during the summer time....

Concerned Mom (update)

Just went there was an ounce of hope...he came home RIGHT after I posted yesterday and said, "Mom, my ear got real hot again, I hope no one saw!" Poor thing!
Guess we'll keep stocking the freezer with ice packs:(


i'm sorry about that.... but it just works that way, anyway ice packs wont solve the problem it's just temporary helping... we must destroy the root of it... did u take him to the doctors? I live in a small city, so not much help from docs.... All i ever learned till now is: 1. sleep normal, lack of sleep can cause it 2. stay hydrated 3. take magnesium (i use the one which u can buy in every store, it s like those vitamins u dispose in water... 4. avoid thinking about it (if it is possible) 5. try not to go from too cold to hot room directly... anyway for now... magnesium+water+sleep... hope everyone will find out something so we can solve this together


"Red Ear Syndrome"

I think the cause on why it develops is around a lack of sleep, extreme heat (like taking a hot shower),an allergy, , too much sodium, or alcohol consumption. Chances usually improve to get it if you are at a young age.

The symptoms are your ear being red, hot, and uncomfortable burning feeling (not unbearable) in the ear.

The cure for now is staying hydrated and getting sleep like any sickness, but also either reducing sodium and increasing potassium or eating magnesium. If you need to add ice if it becomes a problem. Children get RES easier then adults. RES usually goes away at most after 1-3 days.

This is pretty much what everyone has said so far in a nutshell, anyone disagree?

anthony west

There are many different causes of red ear syndrome, such as taking certain medications, rosacea, genetics, so what you outline is part of part of one cause of red ear syndrome.

The fact that different factors and condtions cause red ear in different people mean that different solutions are appropriate.


One reason for our ears to turn red is that at times our sympathetic nervous system kicks in on its own and causes our bodies to release adrenalin and noradrenalin. Noradrenalin is the chemical responsible for relaxing the smooth muscle in the walls of the blood vessels. When the smooth muscle in the blood vessels relaxes the diameter of the vessel increases and the volume of blood passing through the blood vessel also increases. This is referred to as vasodilatation. When this happens the skin feels warm and may have a pink or red colour.

This usually happens when we feel nervous or stressed and is part of the "fight or flight" mechanism, even though the only "threat" may be social. However, in some people the sympathetic nervous sytem is overactive. This can be caused by inherited genes. We have no conscious control over the sympathetic nervous system so it kicks in without our decision to be "embarassed."

The sympathetic nervous system is part of the autonomic nervous system (ANS), the control system for the body that keeps all our internal organs functioning properly. These maintenance activities are primarily performed without conscious control or sensation, The nerves report directly back to the brain stem and can keep functioning even when the conscious mind is no longer working, hence the ability of some brain-dead patients to continue to breathe. The ANS controls heart rate, digestion, respiration rate, salivation, perspiration, diameter of the pupils, micturition (the discharge of urine), blushing, sweating, and erection.

Uncontrollable blushing is also called Idiopathic Craniofacial Erythema. Treatments include anti-anxiety medications, clonidine (inhibits the action of noradrenaline), beta-blockers, hypnosis, psychotherapy, and as a last resort, surgery.

Sweating is also controlled by the ANS and the cause of hyperhidrosis has been traced to overactivity in the sympathetic component, as opposed to the parasympathetic component, of the ANS.

There are other causes of flushing and sweating. Some people sweat excessively because they are obese or they may be suffering from an overactive thyroid gland. Menopause is another obvious cause of both flushing and sweating. Flushing and sweating can also be prominent physical symptoms associated with the mental health condition known as social phobia. Flushing is almost never due to a serious medical condition with one notable exception, which is the rare condition known as carcinoid syndrome.

Medication may also give rise to flushing. The list of possible culprits includes various hormonal treatments for prostate cancer; gylceryl trinitrate, which is used in the treatment of angina; tamoxifen, which is used in the treatment of breast cancer; raloxifene, which is used for treating osteoporosis; calcium channel blockers, which are used to treat high blood pressure and chlorpropamide, which is used for treating diabetes and can cause flushing if the person takes alcohol concurrently.


Hi everyone... Like everyone else I stumbled across this posting after having another painful and embarrasing episode of bright red burning hands and right ear. I have been seeing a dr for many years, whom diagnosed this being as an allergic reaction to sulphur. The trick to understand is that sulphur can be in packaged foods as an additive but it also occurs naturally in many, many foods groups. Sulphur allergy tends to be culmative rather than reactive, hence why sometimes eating foods does not cause a reaction but eating too much of it in a short period of time or small amounts frequently, always causes this problem for me.

My reactions when mild involve only my ears and perhaps my hands, but more severe and it can be my whole face and arms and even lower legs. The only way I can deal with the pain from the burning is to sit in a cold bath (but I stress that I am obviously an extreme case).

I just thought I would share that with sulphur eliminated from my diet, the problems disappears for me, only reactivating when eating sulphur foods again.

I am not sure if this is the same as what others are experiencing, but it might be worth considering if all else fails.


I have the same issue with my ears burning. My symptoms are induced after eating chocolate (any form). I first noticed this about 17 years ago when I was 9 years old enjoying a chocolate milk. I believe this reaction is caused by a compound in chocolate, not cocoa its self, possible caffeine, although the burning sensation rarely occurs after just drinking coffee. Anyway, glad were not alone, and it is nice in the winter!


Wow, was not expecting so many people have this problem. I just got this a couple hours ago, and now that I see most people are getting this from lack of sleep I feel that it was nothing to really worry about.


For the first time at age 51, I felt a burning sensation in my right year. I felt this right after i got in bed.


I'm going to post again It is with out a doubt stress related for me. I am 17 years old and of late have been dealing with anxiety attacks for a couple of months. Yesterday I was playing a video game at home and I got really into it. While I was playing my ear ached so I went to feel it and it was feeling hot again! the aches went away fast, but the burning staed until I finished the game later.

My question to you guys: Has anyone been in stressful events when these episodes occurred?


I've been looking for a cure and cause of this for a few years.. currently i'm looking for a relation between this and hot showers... I noticed i got RES after taking showers with too hot water for a long time... it may be coincidence or it may be not... I found out that showering with cold water strengthen the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems, which often contributes to red and hot ears, Brings blood to the capillaries, therefore increasing circulation throughout the body, and
cleans the circulatory system.
And all of this is in a relation with red,... Also get Magnesium supplements . sleep well, reduce anxiety and drink enough of water... All of this should help for now... hope someone else can provide some new and useful informations so we can solve and eliminate all of this.


i think u get hot ears wen u concentrate- i dnt hav hot ears but my da does lol!
who knows?? :)


Please allow me to provide a rather crude metaphor for how this condition makes me (and maybe even all of us) feel.
…imagine you're standing in front of a group of people giving a presentation. For a moment everything seems to be going well. Now imagine if you will, that every time you become nervous, embarrassed, angry, tipsy, too hot, too cold, out of breath, perfectly relaxed, laughing, frowning, happy or sad, a penis (yes, you heard me…a real penis) begins growing out from the center of your forehead. Now picture we're back at this speech you're giving in some over-heated office with 15 people waiting impatiently for you to come to a point. Suddenly, you feel IT coming on. Gently at first. Almost imperceptibly. A tiny tingling sensation. But you know from experience there's nothing innocent about it. Oh no, the penis from your forehead is coming.
It's little more than a nub now, but already you can see everyone's eyes begin to move up to your forehead and you know exactly what they're staring at and it's not your beautiful new hairdoo.
But here, ladies and gentlemen, is where it gets worse, much worse: the more self conscious you become about that hunk of meat now protruding from your forehead, the bigger, fatter and veinier it grows, until before long you look like some sad 1950's atomic experiment gone horribly wrong. At this point every eye in the room is burning into you and inside your now misshapen head a single painful thought is resonating over and over again. "Please let me wake up from this nightmare. Please oh please!" But you can't. And by this point your head feels like it's about to explode.
There's no escape.
So you soldier on, feeling like a freak, you finish up and when it's all over and done with and you've licked your wounds and 'gotten over it,' then you know you should get home and rest, because you have tomorrow's speech to look forward to.


I hope no one is offended by this. I just figured, hell, if we can't have a laugh over it then we're done for.


I know exactly how you feel, been there a few times. the metaphor is perfect. i avoid almost any kind of public/group speaking at work. and it's a shame because i would like to be a successful business person. I know that i may never get the chance because of this. good luck with your fight!


I posted the above little story because frankly, most people don't get what this RES stuff does to the people who have it. "Don't worry, no one cares." "So your all red, it's really not a big deal." "Try not to let it control your life." "It's all in your mind." Statements like these don't help. They belittle what for me has been a rather crippling disease.
As for myself, I've had some RES for most of my life, but in the last 3 years (I'm 34), it's become almost unbearable. Hot airless rooms, touch, strong emotions (happy, angry, sad etc), exercise (especially sex) all ignite my ears in a sudden and dramatic way. I won't say I have it worse than anyone else, but I will say that my ears don't get red, they get PURPLE and hot and they throb and will stay that way for hours on end.

Here's what I've tried to fix it:
Doctors (beyond useless)
Specialists (worse)
Dietary changes
Blood tests
V-beam laser

I'm a high school teacher so you can imagine how it's affected my life, personally and professionally. It's gotten to the point where I carry a tiny spray bottle around with me and mist my ears whenever I can. My friends ask me why I've been such a hermit lately. I'm running out of excuses. I'm always calculating. Ok, it's 87 degrees out and I'll have to take the subway so I'll already be screwed by the time I get there. No sorry guys, not feeling well.
What kills me the most is I'm, I'd say, extremely confident and love interacting with people. In the past, my level of social anxiety on a scale of 1 to 10 would probably have been a 1 or 2. Now it's about 12 or 13.
One of the doctors I went to see early on was convinced that, although I seemed calm, I was a worry wart and that my mind was responsible for making my ears bright red. I said "Really? Ok, do me a favor, turn your ears red for me please." To which she replied after some hesitation, "I can't." To which I said, "me neither." Interesting conversation.


Thanks earstick for sharing
so after everything you've done or tried to fix, none is working for you?

I seriously hope someone is coming up with a good remedy for it
I'm gonna take up some magnesium supplement..hope it does some wonder there


I'm glad I found this forum. Lots of posts and lots of helpful ideas to try. Short of a cure, we can at least commiserate together. ;-)
For about a week now I've been taking 500mg of magnesium supplements. I'm going to give it a month before I decide whether it's helping or not and I'll post once that month is up.
From my own research I'm convinced both my sympathetic nervous system and my immune system are on overdrive. My 'S.N.S.' giving me hot flashes and making me feel like a menopausal woman. My 'I.S.' freaking out anytime I touch my ears (urticaria maybe? who knows).
I'd say the most telling aspect of RES has to be that you don't see it around much. Not because no one has it and not because it's so rare, but because the people who have it go to great, unimaginable lengths to hide it. It keeps me indoors and ducking for cover, when all I wanna do is have a normal life.


Do let us know whether the magnesium is working for you or not? thx

Anonymous many people and so many posts with this red hot ear problem...My fiancee seems to have this from last one week now...Her ears turn red, hot and kind of a bit swollen as well..itchy at times and mostly in the evenings..sometimes both or other times one of them. I was trying to look for answers when I got directed to this place..but it's really hard to read all th posts..I wish someone could compile the posts together under a theme..such as PROBLEMS and TRIED SOLUTIONS or SOLUTIONS THAT WORKED and SUCCESSFUL DIAGNOSIS..Anyways a range of issues are mentioned here..and I am not sure where to start from to understand my fiancee's plight. But thanks anyways because it definitely cleared my doubt that she is the only one with this problem..


Any updates from you guys?


I can tell you right now emphatically that the RES syndrome is due to a congested/fatty liver. Doing some Liver Flush Detox and cleaning up our diets is the way to rejuvenate the Liver.


What makes you so confident that will work? Lots of people here have recommended rolled oats. Whenever I eat rolled oats my face and ears explode.


I have been suffering with this problem for about a year. I have come to the conclusion that the cause of red ear syndrome is broken capillaries underneath the skin on the ears. When a person with red ear syndrome has an increase in blood pressure (from eating hot food, taking a walk, showering, whatever), it causes blood to leak into the ear tissue from the broken capillaries. The blood will eventually drain out of the tissue, but it takes time. It is during this period that a person's ears will be red/purple and hot.

If broken capillaries are indeed the cause of red ear syndrome, it may be possible to fix this through laser surgery. I actually have an appointment for a consultation with a reputable laser surgery center next month. Hopefully, I will have good news to report.


Many might not afford laser surgery. But do let us know about your update. Hopefully it does miracle for you.


hoping to hear miracle news from you


I tried both IPL and Vbeam laser on my ears. Went through several extremely painful sessions and it didn't really seem to help me at all. There is a syndrome where blood pools in the extremities. I may have this as I often feel as though my fingers and feet are so filled with blood they're going to burst.
I've been taking 500mg of magnesium for about 3 weeks now and haven't noticed a huge difference. The only time I'd noticed a major improvement was when I was drinking lots of carrot juice (vit A and has anti inflammatory properties). Nothing else has worked quite as well.


but i also heard that you'll have to undergo a few session of laser treatment before completely healed.
Thanks for the tips of taking carrot juice. will try it out.


Hi Ive had hot ears, back of neck associated with anxiety at random times for a few years. Usually after wine, beer, prawns, salmon, etc. It responds to antihistamine tablets after 40min-1hr. It began to get worse and even though Im a doctor myself I couldnt figure it out. Initially my allergy team thought I had systemic mastocytosis, but it turned out in the end I had an intolerance to Sodium Metabisulfite and suddenly everything made sense. This preservative is in everything and your reaction to it depends on how much you expose yourself-even up to 48hrs later. See these links:


How did they figure out what you had an intolerance to? Is there a specific type of tests for this? My ears turn red immediately after eating yogurt or other things with active yeast cultures. The problem went away for 5+ years and recently returned after about a month of eating yogurt and cottage cheese with active yeast cultures.


I have red ears too. I am 11 years old and it ususally triggers after school. It is ALWAYS my right ear with this problem. I had this problem since elementary school and its been bothering me


Hey guys, I've had the condition all my life and I'm 31 now. I've read some posts about people having this temporarily or due to some medication, but I can tell you that this is a condition that some of us have endured for decades. So, those that have only had this condition for a short time, you should know that the problem is much deeper. If anyone has a support group or something let me know.
I've posted before here, but the main reason for this post has to do with the Magnesium supplements. I am reading from some that Magnesium is beneficial to our condition. I am also reading that any food containing sulfur or "sulfites" is a trigger for our condition.
FYI-I just bought a bottle of "Finest Natural" Magnesium supplements, 250mg, from Walgreens and they contain "Sodium Lauryl Sulfate". I'm guessing that sulfate is just as bad as sulfite. I am going to throw this bottle out and look for a new one.


I mentioned I'd report on my results from taking 500mg of magnesium a day so here it is. It's been over a month now and I can't say it's helped much more than 10-15% tops (placebo effect?). Drinking carrot juice 2-3 times a day, however, reduced both the duration and intensity of my RES by about 30%. So far I haven't seen anything beat that.

Neither could be considered a cure really, just something to help manage the symptoms. But my question is symptoms of what? Do all of us have the same thing? Or do we have different issues which exhibit the same symptoms?

As for me. My ears don't usually hurt, they swell quite a bit, but don't hurt. I get a tingle before they activate, then my ear and the surrounding area start getting hot. One side or both, it varies. Obviously by then they're very red (they're always a bit red). If I don't remove myself from whatever environmental factor is causing it they'll go nova in no time and take on the deep huge of red wine. If that happens I'm f***** for 2-3 hours minimum.

There's definitely a mental component to this, but for me the mental is simply a reaction to the onset of RES.


My eight-year-old son has had his left ear get hot and red when he's tired since he was a toddler. We always used to tell him he couldn't hide the fact that he was tired b/c his ear let us know when it was time for him to get to bed. For the last year or so I've noticed that my four-year-old son has this problem as well but not as often as my older son. Like so many of you on this site, I had no idea it was such a common problem. When I asked my doctor about it years ago, she really had no comment about it b/c she had never heard of it! She acted as if I was crazy for even bringing it up. I wish I knew about all of you when I talked to her about it! I also wish there was a definite known cause. I find it interesting that the majority of people that deal with this are boys/men. My daughter has never dealt with this problem, but both of my boys do.


Hi everyone, I had hot ear (only right ear) problem all my life and my best solution is to apply ice on it for a while. I am healthy 34/M from Vancouver BC. My ear gets hot at 6-6:30 everyday just before I have my dinner after a tiring day. If I am extra tired then my face gets a bit warm as well. Over the years I have associated this with being tired and my hot ear cools down after an hour.

A friend of mine says that the human body has a way of cooling the blood temperature by utilizing the relatively thin body part "ears". This theory makes sense if the problem really is the blood warming up a small fraction higher than the normal body temperature because the ears would be the ideal location to drop the increase in temperature. A warmer blood may also mean a temporary weakness in the body (a combination of hunger+tiredness+stress) after a long day but not enough weakness to put you in bed sick. But your body is fighting anyways. Please let me know if this makes sense.


I'm positive that it is communicable. I'd like to see the CDC take notice. I've have it since 1987 - anybody had it longer than that?


To Anonymous from Vancouver - what you say makes a lot of sense. I think your theory and the "broken capillaries" theory above are the best explanations so far. It makes you wonder though, if you are right, why the Hell the body doesn't use the toes for this "blood cooling" mechanism. Why the ears ??? It's crazy that after millions of years of evolution the body hasn't developed an "embarrassment consideration" to it's functions.
I don't think there is a mental cause to this, but the anxiety from the social embarrassment could worsen the effect, the ear could get hotter and redder. The body and mind reinforce each other and outcome is very bad. But I believe the initial redness is purely physiological. I hope there would be some magic pill to prevent it. When it happens to me in public there's one thing on my mind: there is no god.


I have RES for 3 years, the neurologist I consulted believe that this is because the lack of oxygen to the brain. I have a deviated septum that breathing the air is less during night with sleap apnea causing the redness in the face and ear, I feel sleepy during the day and my hand num during the night that is due to sleep Apnea. does anyone have similar symptoms?

Mohamad N.


Hi, I am 49 and have RES for 3 years. I have done all the test and all is fine (MRI, blood test, 24 hours urine, TSH). it happened once a day right or left ear. after consultation with the neurologist, he beleive that it is because lack of exygen to the brain. I have deviated septum in one nostril of the nose, breating with snoring at night may be the cause of that. I tried the magneseum supplement, it did not helped much, the carrot juice help id reducing the frequency of the suymptom. does anyone have similar symptom with sleep apnea?


I posted before about the fact that this disease is communicable. I have observed it firsthand, and I'm curious if anyone else has comment. It's not allergies or a magnesium deficiency - I know we all wish it was, so that we could be free from it that easily, but it's not. I have seen the disease spread through my family and co-workers, and until the medical community treats this RES as communicable rather than laughable, I'm afraid that we will continue to suffer. I'm in my 40's now; it started in my senior year of High School. It has profoundly affected my life, and not for the bettter. When I read these posts, the ones that truly break my heart are from the young kids who are suffering and looking for answers - I remember how horrible it was to sit in class and feel the redness start and the anger and helplessness that went with it. At least now I have positioned myself in a career where I can be outside (and usually alone) when I get a flare up. I hope that there will be a cure some day. I do think that some people have a natural immunity to this, so I have to believe that there is hope. By the way, I have to agree with another poster that men are more likely to contract the disease than women. Also, and this is probably totally unconnected and coming out of left field, but does anyone else have a dark colored spot on either ear - kind of like a freckle or mole? Like behind the ear, or on the edge? Take care all - I wish you the best in your struggles.


yes i have that black spot - kind of like a mole deep bellow the edge of my ear.


A deep mole - that's how I would describe it. I asked because I have one and I noticed it on some stranger who had an RES flare-up in the elevator. Anyone else? Any connection? Unless Anonymous is the guy from the elevator, that's three people.


I'm waay late to this thread, but in case anyone else winds up here; I've been getting one red/hot ear as long as I can remember. I'm 31 now, been happening since at least 5 - 6. Also a male, and also have a spot on the top of one ear.


Hi all, I have had this condition for 24 years on an almost daily basis. Its wrecking my head as so far as embarrassment and anxiety go. This anxiety and embarrassment , I must add are a by product of a greater cause. I haven't drunk alcohol in 4 years and no change. I get the red ears thing kicking in between 5 and 6-30 pm every day. I have tried changes to diet (no dairy, wheat / Gluten , modified foods, processed foods, caffeine, preservatives, seafood) = no change. I have broken my jaw at the TMJ joint (just infront of my right ear and I thouoght that was a culprit but now after reading so many similar stories I doubt it. I lost 1 x lung, spleen and ruptured many organs in a car accident but again after reading so many similar stories from people who have no similar medical history I also dont see this as relevant. I have had physio, chiropractic treatments etc on my back and next (manipulations and readjustments) and this seems to help for a few days then its back to the same old pattern . One thing I did notice yesterday is that when I feel one of these episode coming on, like Im overheating etc I saw that my entire chest was red then blended into a darker red in my face and my ears were just glowing crimson. So I beleive there is a metabolic trigger or catalyst that sends blood to the capillaries network but the "return flow" doesn't engage so to speak. Its almost as if the blood gets sent to the upper extremities (ears, head) as it does after a hot shower but fails to "switch off" for a few hours. It doesnt drain back down... Like a fight or flight the body is in panic mode... God its annoying the hell outta me. I also get bi-lateral temporal pounding when these episodes start up.. Like the worst headaches you can imagine because I can literally feel the blood pumping through the blood vessels in front of and to the ears. I have tried all sorts of medications, vaso dilators, vaso constrictors, anti inflammatories, massive vitamin doses, (B2, B 12 , C ..everything). Prednisone, pain killers...nothing to date has helped in the slightest.
I work at a desk all day. I finish work > drive for about 40 minutes > get home and this redness thing kicks in. It rarely happens in the weekends but if I am hunched over a computer all day and I straighten out after driving home it kicks off. Like a massive release of blood to the upper capillaries. Someone must have an answer. I am currently seeing a neurologist who wants to x ray the area of my spine (Occipital) area, where the head joins the spine and also do a EEG to see brain activity.
After 20 or so years of no solution, this condition is ruling my life. Im not kidding, it puts me in bad moods when it happens and I become very anti social because of the embarrassment factor.
I will update this post with a result of the Nuro dudes suggestions in a week or so.


Hi I am 25, I have had the issue of one hot ear. I believe to have inherited it from my father. From what I have been able to conclude and research, it does seem to be an allergy to sulfites and perhaps sulfa in medications.

I am allergic to erythromycin (sulfa based) since a child. I was hospitalized and injected with benedryl which contains sodium metabisulfate and broke out in hives around the injection site (mild hives but not a normal reaction to an antihistamine). I have taken benedryl since and notice the all annoying "red ear" (always the right ear).

When I drink wine I do also have the same red right ear, as does my father. However, what I am most intrigued by is the correlation with ADHD. I was diagnosed years ago, but only recently started taking medication for it. I do notice at night as the medication wears off I have the red right ear. This prompted my inquire into this symptom since my medication contains what seems to be a form or many forms of sulfates.

I am sure a doctor would be very capable of explaining the correlation further, but after reading this site I am surely going to ask about it.


i got that, my left ear sometimes my right start glowing each every night and day, especially in the winter, i cant sleep because of it


I have had a bit of a breakthrough (over the last few days any way). I started taking ginkgo jojoba 2500 mg tablets, just one in the morning and the red ear situation seems to have abated completely.
I tested it by having a very hot shower around the time in the afternoon when these red ear episodes are at their worst and there was not a sign of the past condition of one then both ears engorging with blood and turning scarlet red. I will see what the next few weeks do but it seems to have a very positive effect so far. Ginkgo Jojoba is a natural remedy for circulation problems so it sort of makes sense.


I have had some sort of breakthrough by taking 60mg (1 x 000 size tablet) of Ginkgo Jajoba in the morning. 6 days and no red ears, even after a hot shower in the afternoon...the worst time in the past for this condition to flare up. Ginkgo is to aid circulation in the body so that kind of makes sense.


There are medical treatments being used off licence to treat this reported in medical literature, including alpha blockers (e.g. moxonodine or clonidine) and anti-depressants (e.g. mirtazapine). The causation can be rosacea of the ears, which is damaged blood vessels, although there are other causations to this syndrome.


If anyone is interested in joining or working with me on a support group for red ear syndrome, or just requires information, please email me at

Me too Iguana

My initial concern was a problem that I am having with fluid in the MIDDLE ear; it won't drain and I'm about 75% deaf in one ear about half the time (sometime it pops and I'm OK for a few hours). My doctor put me on 2 weeks of antibiotics and 4 weeks of alergy/decongestant meds. I think that the doc put me on the antibiotics because of what he saw and maybe because of my reddened ear. I am to the 3rd week and very little change. I'm scheduling an appt with an ENT specialist.

Last night, I Googled "hot ear" (maybe red ear) and got you guys. Anxiously, I scrolled all the way to the bottom for the end of the story. No such luck. I was hoping there might be a connection.

On this board, I've seen soooo many with the red ear problem. Some were suggesting some pretty scary reasons and some some equally scary solutions so I wanted to put in my 2 cents worth and my story.

I'm 65/M. I know that I've had this condition since, at least, 1969 because I remember a man in my office had the same problem; his ear was "purple". Maybe mine turns purple sometime, I don't know. I may have had it before then, I just don't remember for sure. Since I've had this for 42+ years, I don't think it is a precursor to anything like lupus or an autoimmune problem and I'm not going to have laser treatments.

HOWEVER, with as many of us as there are, there may be as many DIFFERENT answers. Please continue to address your problems, just don't go overboard.

Comment to zero: I've got you beat.
Comment to ABC: Maybe evolution IS crazy and there really IS a God.


My ear just gets a rush of warm air, which feels unatural, there is no pain, once or twice it was a little uncomfortable. It lasts for only a short time and usually in the right ear.


I have cured my RES....I take parsley everyday, maybe a potato..the key ingredient is potassium...When i keep my potassium up, and decrease sodium, my RES goes away...Trust me, i have documented this for some time now...This has worked for me, maybe it will work for you...Sodium sensitivity plays out within the ears, do urself a favor and try it, and see if it have nothing to lose...Oh, BTW when it does work for you, make sure i get the credit, thanks


I posted before that I found something that revealed this condition, namely Ginko Jojoba,....well it doesn't! things are back to their rosy worst. arrrrrrrgggghhhh!


Some people might find this beneficial..but after documenting what I ate and how my ears reacted, in my condition I believe it still to be a Sodium Sensitive issue which manifests itself in the RES..


To Anonymous from Vancouver and ABC...I live in Malaysia and it is always hot here. As far as me getting red ears goes, it happens more or less around the same 2 hour window most days between 5 and 7 pm. I can be out during the morning in 35 C degree heat (95 Fahrenheit) and I dont get the ears flaring up and turning red so the whole cooling idea may be questionable.


when i was younger it happened a lot. i would put water on them and it would cool them off. It only happenes to me if they get touched or handled.

red ear lovers

hallooo red ear lovers :D
now my right ear is gettin hot and red.
I have little research about that case, im getting red and hot while i get new experience and i'am so exited about that. i dunno why. lol
but,its cool when you are in the mirror. like half devil ;p


I found this website a while ago, and have only been posting my own experiences over the past 6-7 months. But this red ear problem has been slowly ruining my life for the last 5 years. Now keep in mind, my red ears weren't just in the evening or when it was hot. Anything and everything gave me red ears. Not just red, but purple. No joke. And every single day for 5 years without exception.

I've tried every dietary change I could think of, and I've listed some of those things in earlier posts so I won't
waste time recapping, but rest assured, I was desperate enough that I even contemplated having them surgically
removed and replaced with some kind of transplant. LOL. Sounds retarded, but at the time, it seemed like a viable
option. ANYWAY, my girlfriend--who's been worried about the effect this has had on me--convinced me to try a high quality (but low cost) concealer and holy crap, you wouldn't believe how well this works. It's literally given me my life back. Best part for me as a guy. It doesn't look like I have anything on at all. I was shocked and frankly very hesitant about the whole thing since what guy wants to go around with make-up on. Of course you have to match it to your skin tone, so I'd advise getting samples of it first, and a little paint brush looking thing to apply it. Oh also remover to take it off before you put on a different shade. Lock yourself away for a day as I did and experiment. I don't know &%#* about make-up, but the one she got me was Redness Solutions by Clinique. It's 25 bucks a bottle and I only wish I'd found this stuff before spending a couple grand on laser. Oh another thing, when I'm out sometimes I can feel my ears getting hot and my brain says 'oh crap here we go,' but then I hit the washroom and check the mirror and they're totally normal looking. It kind of messes with your head...but in a good way. Anyway, I hope this helps someone.


This sounds like me to a T. I have had this/noticed it since I was in 6th grade and it can certainly make a mess out of your social life, largely because people are complete asses and always point it out to make you feel embarrassed. I have always wondered are any of you suffers married or have serious girlfriends? I have always worried about passing this crap on to future children as I would not want them to suffer from this, also not sure many women would want a guy like me.

Lukaii 66

WOW! what a huge amount of people that are divulging their red ear problems. I have the same problem, however it only happens very rarely for me. The last time i had it was at a college open evening. My right ear went bright red and hot, it has happened alot prior to this as well. Also it itches and is drives me crazy, its embarrasing as well, is there anything that could necessarily cause it? Stress? Tiredness?


I have done some research, and it is a superstition, Its if your ears are warm someone is talking about you, Right ear is something bad, Left ear is something good. : ) I get it all the time!!!!!!


Does anyone who suffers this Red Ear thing also get neck and back problems? Pain in the neck / back. I have noticed that this happens to me more at the end of the day if I have been sitting all day at a computer with few breaks. Also when I drive home and get out of the car within 10 -20 minutes the right ear goes red then both go so very red it does my head in. Cold shower relieves it for about 5 minutes but after that its with me for two hours approx. My neck is always painful as well as tightness in my shoulders and middle / upper back. It seems that there is a reaction where the blood flows to the ears in a fight / flight response then sort of stays stuck on full and the blood doesn't return, it just keeps sending more so the ears are red and inflamed. Really embarrassing as everyone has a laugh when they look at me. Also , I have broken my jaw in the past...just saying...


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I am 13 and this happens to me. My left ear appears pretty red, and when I touch it, it is warmer then my right ear. It's kinda embarrassing and sometimes people comment on it. But by look at this site I can tell that this is common and probably not dangerous, just embarrassing. So many people wouldn't have it and yet doctor's don't know what it is if it was dangerous. They would've figured it out by now.
So basically I'm saying: chill and everyone... and even though it sucks to have this is part of you so get used to it.


Omg I get this as well but strangely only on my left ear and many people get on there left ear I've also got a cold and I only started getting it when my cold started


My ear lobes gt hot & itchy its starting to swell, then my heart palpitates, i am about to sleep bt my breathing isnt normal... my stomach aches a bit... :(

Kiss Pista

Hi Everybody!

I also have this hot red ear thing for years, now I've found the solution for me. It came true that I have several food allergy (milk, soy, egg, nuts...etc) and If i avoid to eat these kind of foods I am totally good. No hot ear, no red ear. Now I am sooooo happy, because I know how to handle this problem, it is easier then I ever thought. :) Good luck for all of you! Greetings from Hungary.


@ Kiss, congrats that you have had some success. When you had the allergy test was it blood tests or scratch tests? have you tried eating one or all of these foods to see if they do cause reddening of your ears?


I successfully used a multi sensory approach to healing in order to gain control over my hot, red ears. If interested, you can read my story and see a detailed description of the methods I used by going to:

McKenzie P

This has been happening to me my whole life. Not even exaggerating. And I'm a girl, so it's not a guy thing. Any explanations why???


Hey, the right side of my head tingles, then my right ear gets throbbing red like molten iron blood's being pumped thru it, and I want to stare into space or wander. and i cant concentrate on more than youtube videos or reading wikis. what the heck?


My left ear gets hot and red when I drink alchohol.....WTF?

Red ear Rob

The sun makes my right ear beet red and somewhat hot.

Susan Lewis

Hey,like one guy said I never knew this is such a problem for so many of us!!
 Both ears just got beet red and hot as a frying pan! I have not noticed one or more things that causes them to become hot,I could be at the computer,on the phone,reading,it always sneaks up on me without warning,I have had this for as long as 10 years and it makes me want to scream,because my Dr told me he had no idea what causes it....
Well the only thing that kinda help is when I place a really cold washcloth on it for a prolong period of time and or sit in front of the fan,I usually try to calm down because I get very frustrated when it happens....Lady J


To add to my other comment the reason people get the red hot ears or for some like myself who also feel like their face and neck are burning, is because people who have lyme disease can have extreme sensitivity to hot and cold. The most common is heat! This can be something as simple as the heat from your cell phone or hair dryer. This was a huge problem for me during the summer time. Almost as bad this winter because it has gotten worse and i have the problem just by going outdoors in the cold and then going back in my house that is heated. Those of you who may not be able to afford going to a doctor right now might check and see if you have leftover antibiotics. Obviously professionals will say to consult a doctor first but if your like me an average american, you cant always afford to do this. So you might try what i did and see if it helps you at all. If your symptoms start to get better then i would say theres a good chance you have lyme disease. Not all antibiotics will work but the most common used for this disease is doxycyclin. The one i had extra was a generic for keflex 500 mg ( cephalexin). I only took 1 in the morning and again about dinnertime.


tomato, ADHD, seem to be the recurrent theme here. I had ADHD as a kid. And i just ate a lot of tomato the whole week.

beth wales

funny you should have said that,ss .Daughter has had red ear syndrome all her life (she's 22).Usually happens right after evening meal .Last night a friend was here for dinner and remarked that daughters ear hadn't gone red(we had homemade korma curry.You would expect a curry to have an effect).Friend said she knew someone who had an allergy to fruits with seeds in them(including tomatoes).Decided to test the theory and gave daughter a cherry tomato.We watched as her ear went red hot and redness extended down her cheek.This could have been coincidence,so will test further.(tomato is part of the nightshade family which includes potato and aubergine,-all of which I use frequently).

beth wales

Some people have hypersensitivity to salicylates which are in tomatoes,berries and oranges
I'm researching the effect of histamines on the body(which can cause vasodilation and allergies/intolerance).A lot of fruits, including tomatoes,contain this.
Apparently, taking Vitamin D3 and Vitamin K2, (which can be depleted through the winter months) can help. Posters here have mentioned their RES gets worse in winter.
.A lot of Vit D3 supplements contain magnesium stearate, which someone on here has also said has helped them.

beth wales

My daughters ear went bright red after eating a cherry tomato last night.The redness spread down her cheek too. She has had RES since she was 4 and is now 22.

Scott David

Here is what has finally (26 years searching for any relief from Red Eras) and this has nailed it far so good anyway.
Sibelium 5mg plus 20mg Inderal (Propronol)morning and same again 3pm.

A neurologist put me on this regime after I researched and Australia Medical White Paper on Red Ear Syndrome that I purchased online.

Sibelium is Flunarizine. SIBELIUM is a selective calcium antagonist. It prevents cellular calcium overload by reducing excessive transmembrane calcium influxes.

this has worked so well . I have had 2 episodes of vascular Red Ear in a month. Before that it was daily.


I also have this embarrassing irritating symptom surfacing every day.
How does it influence people around you, does their ears also go red?


Mike, it's not helpful to make fun of peoples worries.
No, of course it doesn't "influence" anyone around you.
It appears it is possibly a dietary problem (histamine or sulfites) or a vascular imbalance.
There could be numerous reasons why it happens evening more than morning,or when people are tired.Could also be linked to neck strain/compression.(after sitting at a desk/computer for a while)
It's always worth trying some diet exclusion for 2 weeks at a time, cutting out one thing you regularly eat ,or foods that have vinegar for example, to see if it makes a difference.It doesn't cost anything and doesn't involve potent drugs.


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I have had this challenge for some time as well. Left ear will get hot and red usually every afternoon between 2:00 and 4:00. I sit at a desk all day.

What works for me every time is taking a small portion (5mg) of a beta blocker (atenolol) in the morning. Although I don't necessarily feel stressed every time this happens, it seems the sympathetic nervous systems kicks in for some reason. Unfortunately atenolol makes me feel drowsy, forgetful at times and less sharp so it is not the ideal solution.

Would be interesting to know if this works for others.


Well last night I stayed up until 3:30 am
Eating steak and tv night. Any ways I've been staying
Up for around 3 days. I think it happens because
It could be STRESS considering I go to school
Also it could be a good sign of EAR INFECTION.
Or the common COLD. So sleep, be healthy
And try to keep clean to stop any sickness. Hope this helps!


Holy wow! My left ear since I was a kid has often gotten hot, like right at this moment it's hot! Over 1,000 comments and I don't feel so alone with it! My grandma and my mom always said when the left ear gets hot it means someone that loves me is talking about me... The right ear means someone is talking out of spite about me. Left ear love, right ear spite.

Monique Bryant

I can tell when my ear will be bright red. It gets really hit first. It's always my right ear and 90% of the time I get a migraine on the left side of my head. My whole head hurts, but my left eye feels like a hot poker is stabbing it.

Something strange happened during the last year. My son, who just turned 14 has had this happen to him also. His right ear gets hot and rd, and bam, a migraine on the left side.
I know they say migraines can be hereditary, I believe that. Or maybe it's just that my whole family has the same life style. Idk.
One more strange thing. I rarely get a migraine on the right side of my head, and neither does my son. But I have had on occasion the left ear get hit and red, but in this case I have yet to get a headache of any kind.

If I can get ice on my ear quick enough, I can sometimes stop the headache from coming.
I also get migraine from weather. My son and I will wake up in the morning and I will have a migraine. Before I say anything, he's calling out to me to come help, for he has one too.
I can predict rain coming from my migraines, despite the weather report, ( sometimes they are wrong ) it's better for me to have it pour rain or snow, then it build up.

I think a red ear has something to do with blood vessels. Idk why this happens, but I don't think it's from a trigger that I can avoid. As my son nod I get them at the same time, despite eating different foods, or how much sleep we hot etc. and since he doesn't have a period I don't think its hormonal. He is in puberty, and going thru chemical changes but this started when he was 11.


I experience this red ear thing always in my right ear. And I usually notice it when my ear is turning red because it begins to get hot. I have tried connecting the dots and I have concluded so far that it usually happens when I am approached or speaking with someone I am a little uncomfortable being around. I also happen to not have a fond opinion of these people and I question their character.


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My right ear gets really hot for no reason and I have no idea why, its kind of wierd
because it was freezing and only my right ear was hot and my left was freezing cold. I want to know why but no one has any answers...

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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).


This is Leo, only my imagination. The more I thought about it the more I realized it was all in my imagination. Nothing more than imagination.


Leo, update. I think after re-reading my post, it was important for me to acknowledge something that happened to my body I couldn’t explain, and that seemed abnormal at the time. This drove a potentially delusional aspect to my condition which could have attached any number of pyschosis to something that is just my bodies natural way of releasing stress. If you think about it, ear flushing feels almost like a decompression of stress and anxiety. This I accept and believe and has helped me and my “decompression” has become almost relaxing as I know my body and mind is at ease.

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.

Tim smith

I suffer from military related times my left ear lobe feels hot.i feel it is from meds.when ever I have night mares this happen.i also have a service dog.could it be from him I have had k9s most all my life.bit this hot ear lobe telly bothers me any advise I would be great full for.i thank you .tim.a disabled nam era vet


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.

Hottus earus

Hey guys. I get this hot ear thing too. I’m a doctor, and have no idea what causes it. Don’t stress about it too much, there are bigger health problems which people have, with much more obvious signs and symptoms. All my time at medical school, ‘hot ears’ never came up as an indication of anything to worry about. And yeah I get it too but just try to ignore it


Really interesting read, I didn't realise people actually suffer with this. I've always had red ear, but I would say maybe only once or twice a year, maybe more frequently when I was younger (I'm 42 now). Somtimes one ear (could be either) sometimes both. I can think of a few times it it bothered me simply because it felt so hot and it might of lasted a few hours. However it's not something I've worried about, I think partly because if you mentioned it, especially as a child people would joke 'someone's taking about you' and that was that, it was just one of those quirky things.
Interesting to read the possible connection to migraine, I've had aroura, never full blown migraine though.
Thinking about it there were occasions when I was generally hot and dehydrated for what ever reason and it would happen. But definitely times when there was no apparent reason.
Btw I've just been watching IT Crowd and the character Moss gets red ear, so he carries a little bottle of mist to spray on it, it's quite good!
Chin up to all those suffering I hope you find resolution!

Vinnie Ciccone

I there are a few reasons why ears can get hot for no reason, meaning not due to heat or cold stress, or normal body responses in high school due to Flushing.

It can be multiple factors and it can be a sign that hormonal something is off, you have inflammation due to infection, irritation or lack of mucin that protects soft tissue.

I was having "cold symptoms" year round, excess histamine release but for a good reason, its part of body's self defence. I had mild grade fever daily for years, sometimes would start 30min-1hr after getting up, or after eating, or toward end of the day.

My few problems were: eating and laying down, alcohol, lack of nutrition and the right amino acids. Stress depletes nutrients from the body very fast. Think of nutrients as tools.

I had IBS, which cause inflammation in my stomach right after eating. It was due to lack of specific nutrients to suppress inflammation, and to create the mucin barrier in the stomach to protect it from acid. Acid Blockers are never a solution, as that will create more problems later. My IBS came partly from Ibuprofen, just like other ibuprofen type medicine, it will wreck havoc on your stomach.

Another reason for inflammation was I discovered I had an infected root canal for years. Once I fixed that, (just one root got left behind somehow) the inflammation stopped. But so did my constant body heat which I was so used to.

Lack of cortisol or histidine or dopamine are three examples.... These suppress inflammation or an overactive immune response.

Inflammation also goes along with poor memory, ADHD, depression, poor concentration, pain in joints, Tinnitus, etc.

It's simplified, but describing in detail will drive people mad lol

I wonder if anyone would like to exchange emails or something and talk about similarities. I have an passionate obsession in the medical field.

Eowyn Roh

This can be a physiological area of damage, or an autoimmune disease symptom, which should not be ignored! Drugs will only band-aid the problem. They will not offer a solution, and the decrease in symptoms encourages people to delay being proactive in healing. Stress and temperature changes can be triggers. But while avoiding stress is good for your health, it will also not correct the problem with an unknown injury or your immune system. Baring other simple causes such as dental mentioned above, there are usually two main causes. You can have one or both, like I did.
First, is an misalignment to the atlas bone. To correctly diagnose and treat this, the only qualified practitioners are certified orthogonal chiropractors. Not regular chiropractors!
Second, the immune system. Most of the time, this can be corrected through diet. Doctors do not understand this, nor do they take credit in it, as their studies do not encompass this most important and basic area. To restore the immune system, one must restore gut health. Over 80% of people over the age of 20 have damaged and diseased colons and don't even know it. This is caused from the Western diet. Remove all possible causes of foods that can attack the immune system. This is so much easier to do today than it was even 10 years ago. The main damaging foods are: dairy, meat (even fish), eggs, gluten, processed foods (especially sugar). To put it simply, a vegan - gluten free diet for at least 3 months is necessary to stop most of the major damage our bodies suffer from a Western diet. Keep up the diet to reverse damage and gain back health. If you wish to speed up the process a great deal, you can abandon all processed foods entirely. This means an all raw diet of produce with only 10% fat to the diet. This is a radical change for most people. Depending on the degree of damage, the body will have a difficult time adjusting. The adjustment period is reported easier for those that make the change over a month's time by transitioning one meal at a time and also by those who choose to do a juice or water fast for 3 -5 days before transitioning.

I was given this information 9 years before I decided to follow it. The thing with change that we don't choose for ourselves is that we will avoid that change until it becomes too uncomfortable not to change. Now that I have corrected both issues and am looking back over a year later, I regret waiting as long as I did. None of us have any idea what optimal health feels like until we have it. And at that point, we wonder why we ever endured living without it.

Orejas Rojas

The following medical paper was published in 2013:

So research *is* being done. Turns out RES is a real thing. :) I'm a 39-year-old (fella) and RES suddenly started with me about 3 months ago (September 2018) a few weeks before a stressful business trip. Naturally I put it down to stress, but since then I have continued to suffer attacks on a daily basis, usually at the same time every evening between 7 - 10 pm. The attacks usually last between 20 minutes to 1 hour and are generally unilateral (one ear at a time), mostly occuring on my right ear. My ear will turn red and feel very hot. It's not painful, but the heat feels like mild sunburn and is uncomfortable and distracting. Splashing the ear with water - like Moss from the IT Crowd :) - brings momentary relief, but the heat returns and persists until the attack subsides. A poster on this board from several years ago mentioned that s/he thought this issue could be related to upper back and neck trouble. I can confirm that I developed upper back and neck issues about 12 months ago. Upper back pain is also mentioned in the above medical paper. I work a desk job, and attribute my back trouble to poor posture and carrying/lifting/swinging my kids. I believe my back stiffness is the symptom of some mild nerve impingement in the cervical spine/neck region. I had the usual checks done (MRI, resonance, blood work) to rule out any signs of an autoimmune issue (other posters have mentioned relapsing polychondrondritis, but RP attack on the ear cartilage is said to be extremely painful, with the rigidity of the ear typically devastated after just two episodes - I hardly think splashing the ear with water would alleviate RP pain, even momentarily!). The results of these tests showed no evidence of RP or other issues I've seen mentioned (MS, arthritis, etc.).

The above medical paper mentions two types of RES sufferer: younger sufferers who have experienced migraine and older sufferers who have back trouble. Well I can check both boxes, because I used to experience migranes during my 20s, which may have even been cluster headaches based on their severity. However, my RES is *not* accompanied by migraine, which makes me suspect that my RES falls into the upper back category rather than migraine-related.

One other point I should mention: I had braces (brackets) fitted about 12 months ago. This is probably unrelated, but since we're trying to identify patterns here, I thought I'd mention it because I agree with an earlier poster who said this could be related to the nerves around the jaws and cheeks (TMJ, right?). So perhaps the effect of the braces on my jaw alignment (if any) has triggered or aggravated the RES.

Finally, I definitely *do* think stress plays a key part in this as many others have already mentioned. Stress can cause some crazy physical symptoms, and I think the muscle/joint tightness synonymous with stress can trigger my RES. I still belive the root cause in my case is related to the cervical nerve(s) issues as mentioned in the medical paper, but I have started doing some mindfulness exercises (meditative breathing, that kind of thing) and although I was never a big believer in alternative therapies I have to admit that it helps me to tolerate the "distraction" of the attacks. The difficult part is learning to overcome the instinct to "tense up and resist" when an attack begins and instead think, "bring it on! It's not gonna kill me!" I haven't mastered it completely, so there are still days when I tense up and think "oh crap, here we go!" but if I can distract myself by focusing on something else (this can be very challenging during an acute attack) it definitely makes the RES subside more quickly. Coincidentally, I was experiencing my nightly attack when I started reading this board and in the 20 minutes it has taken me to write this post, my attack has subsided and my ear is nice and cool again. Oh thee wonderful cool ears! :)

Anyway, I hope some of this helps other sufferers. Try to remember: 1) You are not alone, 2) It can't kill you (thanks Hottus Earus!). We should really come up with a secret signal to identify ourselves as RES sufferers...I mean other than when our bright red throbbing ears are broadcasting it to the world. :)

Josh cramer

So I’ve read through the years and here is what is going on with me.

I have noticed my right ear gets very hot lately during the night mostly.

I have been developing neck issues lately and back problems.

My nose right nostril is completely blocked so I know the oxygen flow completely sucks.

I’m not sleeping a healthy amount during the week days.

So if anyone else is having these issues maybe we can try to narrow it down

Unrelated - I eat a lot of sugar .. prob has nothing to do but thought should mention

These seemed to be a lot of other people’s causes of the Red/hot ear syndrome ( the one without the headaches)

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