April 19, 2010 1:03 PM Subscribe
Sometimes one of my ears feels hotter than the other - both to myself and to someone else that touches it. Why?
posted by youngergirl44 to health & fitness (17 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
The feeling is similar to the warmth of a surface injury healing or a scratch reacting to an allergen - both of which I associate with increased blood flow to the area. Why would my body decide to send extra blood to my left ear or right ear?
Other possibly important bits:
* Ambient temperature doesn't seem to matter, as this could happen to me inside, outside in the winter, or outside in the summer
* I don't believe it's a food allergy, because it just happened and I'm not eating/haven't eaten since last night
* I think the sensation lasts for 20 minutes, but that may be the time it takes me to ignore it and go about my business
* I can only remember it ever happening to one ear at a time
* The feeling seems to start where the big curvy part of my ear attaches to my head, on the back of my ear and near the top
* My ability hear doesn't change
* No physical injury to my ears - either old or recent
* It happens when I have not been talking on the phone, so that's not the cause
* I'm 26 and in otherwise good health
Please don't say it's because someone is talking about me, I'm aware.