Rash is a term used to describe a wide range of skin conditions, which are characterized by redness, dryness, itchiness and inflammation of the skin. Rash is common around the folds of the skin, especially since these areas remain moist.
The skin behind the ears is a typical and common site for development of rash. In general rash behind the ears is characterized by redness, itching, sensation of burning due to formation of cracks, etc. The symptoms tend to get worse during cold weather and are more frequently observed among children and toddlers.
What Can Cause A Rash Behind The Ears?
There are a wide range of causes that can lead to rash behind the ears. Some of the common causes include the following,
- Seborrheic dermatitis is a condition which is characterized by inflammation of the scalp, which in turn can spread behind the ears. This condition develops due to the presence of bacteria called malessizia which results in scaling and itching of the scalp. This condition may spread to the back of the ear and result in rash.
- Measles is a respiratory infection which is characterized by formation of rash which starts behind the ear and spread to the rest of the body. This condition is characterized by other signs which include running nose, cough and fever. There is no cure against this condition, though most children are immunized against this condition.
- Rubella, also referred to as German measles is similar to measles, but is a different condition. This condition is characterized by swollen glands behind the ears, headache and pain in the joints in addition to the rash and other symptoms. This condition may affect individuals of any age, unlike measles which is more common in children.
- Psoriasis and contact dermatitis can also be some of the other causes. Both the conditions can be linked to trauma or repeated irritation at the site caused by a wearing an earring. Psoriasis is associated with symptoms like scaling and blood spots due to excessive scratching, while contact dermatitis may be associated with darkened discoloration of the skin behind the ears.
Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Rash Behind Ears
While it is important to identify the cause of rash to be able to treat it completely, there are certain precautionary measures and home remedies that can be helpful for most forms of rashes,
- Ensure that the area behind the ear is kept clean and dry. This prevents the bacterial growth and formation of rash.
- Try to change your soap or personal cleaning products, as the rash can be linked to an allergic reaction to one of these products. Alternating products can also be helpful in preventing formation of rash.
- Local application of tea tree oil is considered beneficial, especially for fungal infections. Tea tree oil is a natural anti-microbial and useful to deal with rash associated with dermatitis, fungal infection or bacterial infection.
- Local application of paste of turmeric can help control redness and prevent the spread of rash. Turmeric has both anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties, which are useful to deal with rash behind the ears.
If these simple home remedies don’t work or if the condition is associated with more wide spread systemic symptoms, it is advisable to consult a dermatologist or a physician.