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Posted by Leslie on November 04, 2000 at 13:26:08:

In Reply to: Re: High blood pressure and burning red ears posted by Travis on September 29, 2000 at 12:27:33:

: : : : : : : I read on one of the postings of an 18 year old that had high blood pressure and said that her ears sometimes turn real red and burn. I am 34 years old and have had hbp since about 25. I was on 2.5mg altace until about six months ago got switched to 180mg tiazac. Soon after being switched I began noticing the real red ears and burning, usually once or twice a day,and usually when I was hot, like during a workout or in a hot room. The doctor said it had nothing to do with hbp, can anyone confirm this. I beleived him until I read the posted message of someone else with the same symtom. Thanks for the help!
: : : : : : Steve,I am new to all of this, I am 30 years old and i also experience this. Isn't it wonderfull to know it's not in your head and your not alone.

: : : : : Steve, I'm the 18 year old you read about. I go to the doctor Tuesday. My ears never hurt, turn red, or burn unless my bp is up. I'm really glad to know I'm not the only one this is happening to and I'm not crazy. I'll let you know what my doctor says. Thanks so much!

: : : : I went to the doctor yesterday. My bp was 178/100. He put me on Avalide for my bp. I have to go see a pediatric doctor in April. I told him that my ears have been red, burning, and hurting a lot lately. I asked him if this was due to my bp. He said it was. He said when this happens I need to try to lay down. I don't know why our doctors have different opinions. My aunt's ears do the same when her bp is up!
: : : Make sure the red ears are not actually an allergic reaction....possibly to your medication or a food you have just eatten. Allergies do cause a rise in BP. There is a book called "Is this your child". It has actual photos of symptoms caused by allergies.There is a picture of a child with bright red ears. I have noticed that I usually only get one ear that turns red.

: : Yo! Another red ear'd person weighing in! I ret red hot ears often, usually on one side only, but once in a while on both ears. I never connected this to blood pressure, but I'm also allergic to everything under the sun!

: : -Curtis

: I too have the red/burning ear problem. It usually happens when I'm nervous or embarrassed. I don't know about the blood pressure factor though. I used to have 3-4 second black-out spells, and still do every once-in-a-while, so I went to see a doctor. He said that for some reason my blood pressure gets really high when I sit or lay down but it drops extremely low when I stand. He said that as long as I get up slowly I should have any problems. I don't understand why this happens because I'm healthy. He didn't recommend any medication so I assume that I'll be fine. The red/burning ears and the black-outs have been happening for about 8 years and they started when I was 10. For the past year, however, I've only experienced the ear thing, but maybe it's just a natural reaction I have to stressful/exciting situations.
: -Travis
: : this is in response to Travis discussing experiencing short term blackouts and also red ears. My 16 year old son has experienced similar symptoms but doctor attributed blackouts to his fast growth spurt. I'm curious as to whether Travis is also taller than 6 feet and going thru growth spurts during this time. My son grew inches in only a matter of months and has stretch marks. His BP is normal but the doctor did not check it after he had been resting for a period of time and then again after getting up. Maybe we should do this. Other than the very red ears (both sides) and faint spells our 16 year old checks out healthy. Travis, do you have similar height or growth spurt experiences? -Leslie

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