Do you notice that your ears are constantly getting hot and turning red? Depending on the severity of the situation, you may find yourself dealing with irritated and uncomfortable ears — and unsure what to do about it!
Your ears are made of delicate and sensitive skin, and sometimes, they may experience vasodilation. This is when blood flows to the external ear causing it to appear red, hot, and irritated. In most cases, your ears will return to normal on their own. However, if your ears are staying red and hot or this is happening regularly, it could be related to a medical concern.
Follow along as El Dorado Hearing walks you through several reasons why your ears may be turning red and hot, helping you narrow down if it may be related to a reason requiring a trip to the doctor.
6 Reasons Why Your Ears Are Getting Hot
If your ears are red and warm to the touch, you’re probably wondering what is causing it and what can fix it (and prevent it from happening in the future). Some reasons for red ears are relatively common and will resolve themselves on their own, while others may require a visit to the doctor for an antibiotic to help.
You may be experiencing hot ears because of one of the factors below.
One of the most common reasons for hot ears is your emotions. Have you ever been told that you’re blushing? Ear hotness is a similar bodily reaction that may happen when embarrassed, stressed, angry, or anxious.
Are you feeling overheated? Take in your surroundings — are you seated outside on a relatively hot day? Did you just come inside into the warmth after being outside in the cold all day? When your body is trying to regulate its temperature, it needs to adjust its blow flow. As a result, you may notice your ears becoming red and hot while you adjust to the new temperature.
Individuals dealing with hormonal changes for various reasons may notice their ears becoming hot more regularly. Hormonal changes can occur from menopause, chemotherapy treatments, and other factors — all of which can cause you to undergo hot flashes and lead to red and hot ears.
If you believe you’re experiencing hot flashes due to hormonal changes, try wearing layers so you can help your body more easily regulate its temperature throughout the day.
If you have an ear infection and fluid is accumulating in your middle ear, you’re likely going to experience inflammation and pain. As a result, your ear will become red and hot to the touch while trying to fight off the infection. Other signs of an ear infection include pain, hearing loss, drainage, and fever.
Has your ear experienced any trauma lately? Trauma is defined by several things, ranging from ear piercings and bug bites to head injuries. In most cases, hot ears caused by trauma are best treated with pain medication and will resolve themselves over time.
Red Ear Syndrome
A less common reason for hot ears is red ear syndrome. This rare condition causes an individual to experience a burning sensation in one or both of their ears that is often accompanied by headaches. Depending on the severity of your red ear syndrome, you may require a visit to the doctor to get the attention you need.
Schedule an Appointment with El Dorado Hearing
Although most causes of hot and red ears don’t require medical attention, you must be mindful of your system to know when it is time to schedule an appointment with your doctor.
Suppose you are experiencing hot and red ears. In that case, the team at El Dorado Hearing can evaluate your situation and provide you with the right treatment plan and antibiotics to get the cause of your hot ear(s) under control. Don’t let your ear pain ruin even one more day.
Schedule an appointment with El Dorado Hearing, who can help pinpoint the problem and provide the necessary treatment. Contact El Dorado Hearing to learn more about our hearing services, or take our online hearing quiz to get started today.