Psoriasis is a skin condition that can affect almost any area of the body, including the ears, knees, elbows, scalp and lower back. It is an immune system disorder with no cure. Symptoms of ear psoriasis are focused on the ear, and include scaly patches of red skin, silver or white plaques, cracked skin, itching skin, skin pain and recurring skin rash.
According to Nili Alai, M.D., in an article published on Medicinenet.com, the most common symptom of ear psoriasis is skin rash. This can take the form of red or white patches of skin that easily flake off. Often, skin rashes are stimulated by increased stress. Skin rashes often recur in the same place repeatedly.
According to WrongDiagnosis.com, another characteristic of ear psoriasis is scaly patches of skin. These patches of skin easily flake off and may be red or white. They can reappear numerous times and do not disappear, even with moisturiser applied to them. Scaly patches are sometimes called "plaques." Plaques are one of the primary characteristics of psoriasis and can spread from one part of the body to another.
As the skin rash appears, the skin dries and cracks. This can lead to skin infections and leave the skin vulnerable to bacteria and yeast on the skin's surface, reports WrongDiagnosis.com. Keep the skin clean to avoid potential infection. Cracked skin can also be mistaken for other skin problems, such as dry skin or yeast infections.
Itching areas are usually behind the ear or around the ear lobes, according to WrongDiagnosis.com. Itching skin can be a symptom that the ears have become dry or that an outbreak is about to begin. Itching skin can be mistaken for a yeast infection of the skin. Stress may stimulate an outbreak of psoriasis and itchy skin.
According to WrongDiagnosis.com, pain can be present behind the ear or along the skin of the lobe and outer ear. Skin pain may spread from the ear to the skin behind the ear and down the neck. Also, skin pain can be an indicator that the skin is inflamed and highly sensitive to the touch.