What You Should Know About Psoriasis in and Around the Ears

Psoriasis of the Ear: What Is It?

What is psoriasis of the ear (PsOER)?

Psoriatic arthritis is a chronic inflammatory skin disease characterized by red, itchy patches on your body. These patches may appear anywhere on your body, but they’re most common in your scalp, armpits and groin. They may be raised or flat. Sometimes they resemble bumps, others not. Some areas may develop lesions that don’t look like spots at all.

How does psoriasis affect my hearing?

Psoriatic arthritis affects your ears in two ways: first, it causes inflammation of the eardrum and inner ear; second, it damages the hair cells inside them. When this happens, sound waves bounce around inside your head instead of reaching your brain. This damage results in loss of hearing.

Who gets psoriasis of the ear?

People with psoriasis of the ear are those who have been diagnosed with it, or their family members. They tend to develop it between ages 20 and 40 years old. However, some people get it before age 10 and never get rid of it!

What are the symptoms of psoriasis of the ear?

The ear is divided into three parts: the outer, middle and inner. Each part has a specific structure and function. Psoriasis of the ear most commonly affects the middle and inner ears. The symptoms of psoriasis of the middle and inner ears are as follows:

The middle ear may become inflamed if psoriatic arthritis is present in other parts of the body. It is also known as otitis media with effusion. The eardrum looks red and may have a buildup of pus.

The inner ear may become inflamed if there is excessive pressure inside the middle ear. This may be a sign that psoriatic arthritis is present in other parts of the body. It is also known as Meniere’s disease. It causes episodes of vertigo, dizziness, ringing in the ears and nausea.

These episodes can last for minutes or even hours.

If you have psoriasis of the ear, you may experience a loss of hearing or tinnitus. Tinnitus is a ringing, buzzing or hissing in your ears that no one else can hear. It can be caused by volume levels in the ear being too high.

Does psoriasis of the ear cause pain?

People with psoriasis of the ear may experience sensations of itching, burning and pain.

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