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Your Ear Redness May Also be Known as:
Ear blushing
Ear canal blushing
Ear canal flushing
Ear canal redness
Ear flushing
Ear rash
Flushed ear
Flushed ear canal
Flushed head

Top 7 Ear Redness Causes

  1. 1.Non - Specific Ear Rash

    A rash is an area of irritated or swollen skin. Often, rashes are unidentifiable and some variation of normal. For example, scratching one's arm causes it to turn red (which is caused by mast cells releasing chemicals into the local area), but that's completely normal.

    At this time, you do not need treatment for this rash. If it worsens, you may need to consult a physician.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    ear redness
    Symptoms that always occur with non-specific ear rash:
    ear redness
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  2. 2.Middle Ear Infection

    Middle ear infections, also known as otitis media, occur when the tubes that carry sound become clogged with debris like mucus.

    Your should go to your primary care doctor in the next day for an ear examination. It is likely your doctor will prescribe an antibiotic to treat the infection.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, sore throat, fever, new headache, mucous dripping in the back of the throat
    Symptoms that always occur with middle ear infection:
    ear canal pain
    Symptoms that never occur with middle ear infection:
    vertigo (extreme dizziness), face weakness, facial numbness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Allergic Contact Dermatitis of the Ear

    Allergic contact dermatitis is a condition in which the skin becomes irritated and inflamed following physical contact with an allergen. Common products known to cause allergic dermatitis include plants, metals, soap, fragrance, and cosmetics.

    You can safely treat this condition on at home. The main treatment for this disease is to avoid the substance that triggers the skin inflammation. Moisturizer can also be helpful to provide relief for your inflamed skin.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    ear itch, ear redness, scabbed area of the ear
    Symptoms that always occur with allergic contact dermatitis of the ear:
    ear redness
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  4. 4.Cellulitis

    Cellulitis is a skin infection that typically comes from other parts of the face like the mouth or the sinuses.

    You should head to the nearest emergency room to avoid complications of the infection, which can spread to the airways, blood, and nervous system.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fever, ear pain, ear redness, swollen ear
    Symptoms that always occur with cellulitis:
    ear redness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Mild Frostnip of the Ears

    Frostnip is damage of the outermost layers of the skin caused by exposure to the cold (at or below 32F or 0C). It is most commonly found in people doing leisurely activities like camping, hunting, or snow sports.

    Those with suspected frostnip should have wet clothing removed. Rubbing affected areas worsens damage to the tissue. You should go to an urgent care. If rewarming can occur without chance of refreezing, it can be tried in the field. At urgent care, the doctors will guide you in gently re-warming the wounded area in 98-102F (37C-39C) water. Further, ibuprofen, antibiotics, and a tetanus shot may be necessary

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    cold ears, turning blue or purple from coldness, pain when a cold area gets warmed, ear numbness, outer ear pain
    Symptoms that always occur with mild frostnip of the ears:
    cold ears
    Urgency:
    In-person visit
  6. 6.Mild Frostbite of the Ears

    Frostbite is tissue damage caused by exposure to the cold (at or below 32F or 0C). It is most commonly found in people doing leisurely activities like camping, hunting, or snow sports. It is also more likely in those who are intoxicated or have a mental disorder.

    Those with suspected frostbite should have wet clothing removed. Rubbing affected areas worsens damage to the tissue. You should go to the ER by car, immediately. If rewarming can occur without chance of refreezing, it can be tried in the field. There, the doctors will guide you in gently re-warming the wounded area in 98-102F (37C-39C) water. Further, ibuprofen, antibiotics, a tetanus shot, and possibly surgery will be done to treat the pain and dead tissue. IV fluids will also be started. Hydrotherapy will be done daily to help with the wounded area.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    cold ears, turning blue or purple from coldness, pain when a cold area gets warmed, ear numbness, pale ears
    Symptoms that always occur with mild frostbite of the ears:
    cold ears
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  7. 7.Relapsing Polychondritis

    Relapsing polychondritis is an episodic, inflammatory and destructive disorder involving primarily cartilage of the ear and nose. It can also potentially affect the eyes, tracheobronchial tree, heart valves, kidneys, joints, skin, and blood vessels.

    You should visit your primary care physician for mild severity of relapsing polychondritis. Medications such as NSAIDs and steroids are generally prescribed.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    shortness of breath, joint pain, congestion, wheezing, runny nose
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Ear Redness

  • Q.Is your ear redness constant or come-and-go?
  • Q.How long has your ear been red?
  • Q.Do you have a rash?
  • Q.How red is your ear?

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Ear Redness Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced ear redness have also experienced:

    • 4% Fatigue
    • 4% Dry Cough
    • 3% Swollen Lower Leg
  • People who have experienced ear redness had symptoms persist for:

    • 31% Less Than a Day
    • 22% Over a Month
    • 22% Less Than a Week
  • People who have experienced ear redness were most often matched with:

    • 41% Non - Specific Ear Rash
    • 23% Allergic Contact Dermatitis of the Ear

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