I woke up yesterday morning to find the tops of both of my ears were all swelled up and red, with an itchy, scaly rash on the back. I had no idea what it was from so I went to the doctor. They seemed to think it had to do with the metal in one of my piercings, but that doesn't make any sense, because I've had all but one of the same earrings in for weeks..wouldn't a problem with them have shown up a long time ago? My most recent piercing (tragus) was done a week ago, but it's only on one side, so that doesn't explain why there is a rash on BOTH ears, nowhere near where I had the piercing done. The area around the new piercing doesn't appear to be infected at all, it's just a little tender if I bump it, my cartilage piercing a few years ago was the same way. I haven't used any new products, so I don't know what the problem could be. I haven't eaten anything out of the ordinary that I can think of, so I don't think it's a food allergy, but who knows...I also have a slightly scratchy throat and ear pressure. oh, and the doctor put me on Prednisone and Benadryl yesterday....any ideas of what the problem could be?