Ear "Chill Blains" ???

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Ear "Chill Blains" ???

Postby brettjames » Wed Sep 01, 2010 12:27 pm

Sup,

So every Winter I seem to develop these little whiteish lumps on the ridges of my ears (both). Sometimes IF I piss them off enough, they can ooze some not so sexy puss/serum. Doctor says (after a 3.5 second inspection) "you have chillblains".

Makes sense given I ride a little in the fricking cold weather.
Doctor say "Ear muffs".....I say "Bollocks, I'm not looking like an eskimoe whilst I ride."

Does anyone here have similar issues, symptoms, and IF so, do you just put up with it like my stubborn self, or take precautions ?

Do tell......
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Re: Ear "Chill Blains" ???

Postby rkelsen » Wed Sep 01, 2010 12:32 pm

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Re: Ear "Chill Blains" ???

Postby BarryTas » Wed Sep 01, 2010 12:42 pm

my missus used to get them

she was told it was from getting her hands hot them cold.....so it was during the winter when her hands were often under hot and cold taps.....

that's all i've got :roll:
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Re: Ear "Chill Blains" ???

Postby brettjames » Wed Sep 01, 2010 12:48 pm

I presume she only got them on her hands. Im looking for ear candidates :P
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Re: Ear "Chill Blains" ???

Postby hannos » Wed Sep 01, 2010 2:02 pm

either cover your ears or don't complain about getting them.

simple really.
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Re: Ear "Chill Blains" ???

Postby r2160 » Wed Sep 01, 2010 2:12 pm

Try this:

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/run/8/Ronhill ... 360053138/

I have a similar problem. I get massive migraines from cold ears so I wear one of these under my helmet. Solves the problem.

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Re: Ear "Chill Blains" ???

Postby Baalzamon » Wed Sep 01, 2010 2:24 pm

Get a skullcap or beanie as suggested. I've got the DHB merston skull cap http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/cycle/7/dhb_Merston_Skull_Cap/5360034632/ it keeps my ears nice n warm :)
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Re: Ear "Chill Blains" ???

Postby brettjames » Wed Sep 01, 2010 2:46 pm

Thanks Glenn, those items look half feasible.

Unlike alot of the humpa lump coffee cafe cyclists, I work HARD when I'm out on the tarmac, and keeping the head cool helps performance. NOTHING worse, or more dangerous than a HOT head, so something that keeps the flow of air going but protects my radars from the cold is what I'm after.
No pain really associated, just an Ear Sore, Eye sore :P

I'm also trying to find out if anyone else out there has a similar issue, just to make sure my doctor isn't just making assumptions, otherwise a second opinion maybe in order. People have said gout (tophi), cold blisters, dehydration, frost bite, skin cancer ?????
Figure there is someone out there with similar circumstances.
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Re: Ear "Chill Blains" ???

Postby hannos » Wed Sep 01, 2010 2:51 pm

gout? in the ear? I thought it affected joints.
It wont be frostbite, you'd certainly know about that (although if you keep up the cold weather work without protection...). Skin cancer isnt generally white and pusy. I can't see how dehydration would come into the equation. Cold blisters? what are they?
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Re: Ear "Chill Blains" ???

Postby gorilla monsoon » Wed Sep 01, 2010 5:08 pm

brettjames wrote: just to make sure my doctor isn't just making assumptions


That would be why he went to doctorin' skool for a year or so. Get a beanie or a headband. or you could get a lot of us talking about you because that is supposed to make your ears burn. :D
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Re: Ear "Chill Blains" ???

Postby ValleyForge » Sat Sep 04, 2010 10:07 pm

It's most likely nodularis chronicus helicis. Painful nodules usually in the upper part of the pinna (sticky-outy bit) usually noticable in cold weather. I'm told some topical steroid cream for a few days works well, but a GP needs to have a look. Skin cancer on the ears is rampant in AU.
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