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What to Do If You Get Psoriasis on Your Ears

By Claire Gillespie
Reviewed by Allison Truong, M.D.
April 25, 2022

According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, around 50 percent of people with psoriasis get it on their face, most commonly on the eyebrows, between the nose and mouth, on the upper forehead, and on the hairline. But some get psoriasis on the outer ears, on the earlobes, behind the ears, or in the ear canal. The ear can be a particularly troublesome area for psoriasis, so we asked dermatologists for some tips on managing flares that appear there.

What Does Psoriasis Look Like on the Ears?

In most cases, people with psoriasis on their ears have scaling elsewhere on the face or scalp, says Susan Bard, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist in private practice in Brooklyn, New York.

Like psoriasis on other parts of the body, psoriasis on the ear can cause itch, redness, and scaling. In extreme cases, scaling may build up and block the ear canal, which may result in temporary hearing loss.

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