Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Petra | 2010-04-04



10 yr old daughter gets red, burning outer ears for no apparent reason.

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This is quite a common condition which is known as 'red ear syndrome' The cause is usually difficult to pinpoint but does run in families and is more common in migraine sufferers.Emotions are an important trigger especially stress and embarassment. Sometimes simply the act of chewing can start off an episode of the red ear syndrome. If your daughter does get migraine it is important to discuss the possible use of preventer medicines for migraine with your doctor. Otherwise there are no simple cures available.Your daughter should wear here hair so that it covers her ears as the episodes of red ears may be embarrasing for her if she is at school for example. Read more about this condition by entering 'red ear syndrome' into Google.

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Posted by: Kat | 2013-12-23

Sorry to chime in so late in the game, and I’m sure you’ve already been putting up with this for years, or possibly found a solution, but I found my red, burning ear problem to be a result of a sulfite sensitivity. I discovered this after a particularly bad occurrence of it after consuming a bunch of golden raisins and some maraschino cherries. For me, it ended up being bad enough that even my throat started to close up. I was able to take some benedryl and 20 minutes later it subsided. It’s important to note that the reaction occurred two and a half hours after consuming the trigger, which is why the cause of my burning ears had eluded me for so long. Now that I’ve worked on cutting all added sulfites from my diet, I only experience the problem when I consume something with a trigger in it; yellow #5&6, processed corn products (like corn syrup, dextrin), dried fruits, etc. You can google for more information about sulfites and sulfite containing foods. You’d be surprised how prevalent they are in food, despite the fact it’s estimated that 1 in 100 people have a sensitivity to this non-protein allergen (that’s more than the estimated peanut allergy in the US). I also found some of my health issues improved with the removal of sulfites from my diet. You can email me if you do find out it’s sulfite related, I can give you some tips and tricks for eating for the condition ( Good luck, hope it helps!

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