Every once in a while my ears start to itch and they get really swollen and red on the outside and it doesn't go away for a few weeks and then it will be fine for a few months and come back. any idea what it could be?
It would be difficult to say exactly without an examination, but you might be suffering from chilblains (also known as pernio), a painful inflammation of small blood vessels in the skin responding to sudden warming from cold temperatures. It results in patches of red, swollen and itchy skin that are thought to be caused by a combination of cold weather and poor circulation.
The maximum risk is seen in extremities such as the toes, fingers, nose and ear lobes. Elderly or sedentary people, and those with conditions such as anemia, are most susceptible. This condition however, doesn’t cause any permanent damage to tissue.
Prevention strategies include keeping the whole body warm by limiting exposure to cold, dressing warmly and covering exposed skin. Regular exercise also helps improve peripheral circulation.
Chilblains usually respond well to treatment but can lead to severe damage if left untreated. You should consult a doctor for a proper diagnosis and treatment.
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