Red Hot Ear Pain: Symptoms, Causes, Manage and Home Remedies

What is Red Hot Ear Pain?

Do you suffer from episodes of burning hot and red ear? It may be a weird experience where the rest of the body feels normal, but one or both of your ears becomes red hot. This is commonly called a red hot ear pain.

Although very rare disorder and harmless, but it may be a cause of embarrassment for the sufferers.

Red Hot Ear Pain: Symptoms, Causes, Manage and Home Remedies

Red Hot Ear Pain: Home Remedies

Let us Know More about the Red Hot Ear Pain.

It may be defined as under recognized bilateral or unilateral paroxysmal attacks of red and hot external ear. It is usually caused due to some vascular cause. In this condition, the outer ear becomes red and is hot to touch. Many of the victims also complain of pain. If it is accompanied by pain and other skin problems it needs a proper evaluation.

Red hot ear pain is similar to an autoimmune disorder called relapsing polychondritis. This is a rare condition characterized by redness of only two-third part of the ear but ear lobe is spared.

What are the Symptoms of Red Hot Ear:

  • Ear suddenly becomes red and hot. Many times it is accompanied with pain.
  • Usually, it affects the Pinna and is maximized on the ear lobes.
  • The frequency of the attack may range from one day to a few every year.
  • The red Hot ear pain may last for a few seconds or may take many hours to disappear.
  • Unilateral attacks of Red hot ear pain are more common than the bilateral attacks. The ratio of the attack of the left ear is more common. Victim to unilateral attacks may experience a bilateral attack.
  • These episodes do not usually have any warning signs.
  • The pain caused is of burning character, dull, stabbing ache or sharp. The intensity of pain may vary.

What Causes Red Hot Ear Pain:

There is no exact cause known to cause of the red hot ear pain. It may occur spontaneously. Factors that may trigger up this condition are as follows:

  • Touching or rubbing your ear.
  • Exposure to extreme hot or cold.
  • Certain movements such as Chewing, sneezing, Coughing, neck movement, tooth grinding and drinking.
  • Brushing of hair or taking a shower.
  • Exposure to extreme hot and cold temperature.
  • Certain chemicals
  • Exertion
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Emotions- During panic attacks, anger or anxiety episodes certain chemicals are released by the body such as adrenaline and non-adrenaline that causes the blood vessels to dilate. This results in flushing and may cause red hot ear pain.
  • Hormonal changes- PCOS, Thyroid problem are certain other conditions may alter the level of hormones causing flushing and red hot ear.
  • Menopause- Hot flashes are common during menopause and one may also notice red hot ear.
  • Alcohol
  • Dehydration
  • A migraine- In this condition episodes of the red hot ear pain is accompanied by episodes of a headache a fullness sensation around the ear and head.
  • Upper cervical spine disorder- Cervical and neck disorder may irritate the blood vessels and nerves that surround the ear and results in red hot ear pain.
  • Mandibular joint dysfunction- It may be due to injuries or arthritis. Here red hot ear pain is stimulated by triggers of the pain of the jaw joint. This condition needs investigation and treatment.

It may also be due to Certain medicines, food allergies and underlying diseases such as thyroid problem, high blood pressure, inflamed arteries and heart diseases.

How to Manage Red hot Ear Pain:

In most of the cases, This condition resolves itself after some time. It is usually harmless, but if it is causing serious problems, persists for longer or occurs very frequently do consult the doctor. Your doctor may prescribe B-blockers, NSAIDs and other drugs to manage the condition.
The bad news is the not much can be done to manage hot ear pain, but the good news is that certain lifestyle and dietary changes can help you to get rid of this problem.

Home solutions to Hot red Ear Pain:

One of the tricks that may help is flipping your tongue backwards and rubbing the roof of the mouth. While will this breathe slowly.

Home solutions to Hot red Ear Pain

Home solutions to Hot red Ear Pain

  1. Washing your face and ear with cold water also helps in some cases.
  2. Dehydration may be a cause behind the red hot ear so drink water. Few victims have found drinking plenty of water helpful to get rid of red hot ear pain.
  3. If you are stressed or haven’t slept go to a quiet, dark room and have some sleep to refresh you.
  4. Avoid eating junk and processed foods as they contain toxins and causes disbalance between omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
    Avoid eating junk and processed foods

    Avoid eating junk and processed foods

  5. Eat raw fruits and vegetables. You may have the fresh juice of raw fruits and vegetables.
  6. Eat Chia seeds and hemp seeds as they are a good source of essential fatty acids.
  7. Eat walnuts and wild salmon. They are a good source of DHA and omega-3 fatty acids.
  8. Eat whole grains, brown rice and fatty fish.
  9. You may rub oregano oil and olive oil on the affected area to relieve the red hot ear pain.
  10. Eat only a moderate amount of grass fed animal meat.

Besides above dietary changes and home solutions make sure to exercise daily for 45 minutes. Do meditation and practice yoga to release tension and combat stress.

Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta
Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta:  Professionally a homeopathic doctor and a dietician Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta is passionate about writing health and parenting blogs. She believes in holistic approach towards health and well being.