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Ears Burning & Menopause

Updated February 21, 2017

Menopause is the end of menstruation and fertility in women that occurs at age 51 on average, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Hot flushes, red ears, skin flushing and other physical symptoms frequently occur during menopause as a result of hormonal changes.

Hot Flushes

According to Dr. Margery Gass, professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, red or burning ears are a type of hot flush associated with menopause.

Risk Factors

Menopause symptoms may vary between different groups of women. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, eight out of 10 American women experience hot flushes with just 10 per cent of Japanese women experiencing the same problem. Smoking and some medical conditions such as hypothyroidism may also cause symptoms earlier than normal.

Causes

Menopause is a natural occurrence caused as the body produces fewer hormones, specifically oestrogen and progesterone.

Treatment

For red, burning ears, identify common hot flush triggers such as bright lights and avoid these as much as possible. General treatment for menopause includes hormone replacement therapy and oestrogen-only replacement therapy, though safety concerns in recent years have made these options less attractive to many women.

Disease Risk

Falling oestrogen levels during menopause increase the risk of several conditions and diseases including cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and colon cancer. Minimise disease risk by making lifestyle changes including smoking cessation, exercising regularly and eating a nutritious diet with ample calcium and Vitamin D, the National Institutes of Health advises.

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