Red hot face and ears can be embarrassing. The good news is that this is a harmless condition that is caused by hormonal changes, intense feelings of emotion or environmental conditions. However, there are cases where the redness is accompanied by blisters, pain or bleeding. When this happens, you should seek medical attention.
Why does my face get hot? Find out below.
Exposure to excessive heat or cold can result in red hot face and ears. If you are exposed to the sun for too long, there is a chance that you will get sunburns. In addition, you could also experience peeling, blistering and pain. Exposure to extreme cold can result in frostbite of the ears. Initially, your ears will feel numb and appear pale. When they start to defrost, they’ll be red, painful and hot. You can use a wide brimmed hat or sunblock to protect your ears from the sun’s rays. For the cold, you can wear earmuffs or a scarf for protection.
Contrary to what most people believe, blushing is not restricted to the face. You can experience hot face and ears whereby the ears and face become red and hot. Blushing is an involuntary reaction to high emotions such as embarrassment and anger. This is caused by the dilation of blood vessels in the face and neck, which allows blood to rush to the head. This, in turn, causes the skin to feel warm and turn red. Generally, people with fair skin and younger people are most susceptible to hot face and ears caused by blushing.
The onset of menopause brings with it a lot of hormonal changes which can cause hot face and ears. However, this is not a preserve of those going through menopause. You can actually experience hot face as a result of other conditions and medications that affect the hormones such as chemotherapy.
Social phobia or shyness can lead to hot face and ears. It often happens when one gets criticized by others. Whether the criticism is real or perceived, the victim reacts in the same way.
When you are stressed, the body goes through many psychological, physiological and emotional changes in a bid to enhance your ability to respond to danger. These changes trigger the flight or flee response and are caused by stress hormones. Stress hormones can affect the body’s nerve system, causing it to behave abnormally. An over-stimulated nervous system can affect the nerve endings causing hot face and ears. While this can be alarming, it is not dangerous and should clear on its own. It is just a sign that you are stressed.
Bigger blood flow around the body can cause hot face. This occurs when the part of the brain that controls body temperature (the vasomotor system) dilates your veins, arteries and vessels to give the blood a bigger surface area in order to cool it down.
You need not get alarmed when you get hot face and ear as it is very common. It should resolve on its own with time. However, if symptoms persist you need to seek medical attention. Below are some tips on how to deal with this condition:
If shyness or social phobia is the problem, watch the video below and learn a breath methods to quick calm yourself: