Ear burning sensation

The ear burning sensation in, on or around the ear might cause it to feel inflamed, swollen and tender as well as warm to the touch. Various causes of burning and inflammation are associated to an infection which occurs if viruses, bacteria or other microorganisms enter the body. The immune system reacts by triggering symptoms such as warmth, redness and swelling.

The ear burning sensation is often linked to otitis media with effusion where the Eustachian tube is blocked with fluid and becomes infected. It is important to note that the Eustachian tube links the ear to the throat and allows drainage of fluid from the middle ear. In case fluid accumulates, it causes the middle ear to become infected.

What are the other symptoms that might arise?

Ear burning sensation

The ear burning sensation might be triggered by skin diseases that affect other body parts.

Ear burning sensation can be accompanied by other symptoms which depends on the underlying cause. Certain ailments that cause the ear burning sensation might affect other bodily systems.

  • Flaking or crusting skin
  • Itchy ears
  • Discharge or drainage from the ear
  • Pain or tenderness
  • Rash
  • Warmth, redness or swelling

What are the usual causes?

The ear burning sensation has various causes that you should be familiar with:

  • Allergic causes
  • Cosmetics, dyes or detergents
  • Certain foods
  • Poison oak or ivy
  • Insect bites or stings
  • Metals especially in jewelry
  • Industrial chemicals such as in rubber, elastic or latex

Skin diseases

The ear burning sensation might be triggered by skin diseases that affect other body parts such as the following:

  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema
  • Neurodermatitis

Infectious causes

  • Chickenpox or shingles
  • Candidiasis
  • Ringworm
  • Pseudomonal infection
  • Mastoiditis
  • Other viral or bacterial infections

Quick Note / Disclaimer

The material posted on this page on ear burning sensation is for learning and educational purposes only. To learn to recognize and manage ear issues, register for a first aid and CPR course with Edmonton First Aid.


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