I experienced something similar.
My symptoms began in Oct 2009. As time went on, I gradually improved but symptoms continued to come and go. One of the symptoms that remained constant was heat, redness, and inflammation in my face. It was not the butterfly rash of lupus. I did not have positive ANA or other autoimmune markers. The sides of my face and lower jaw was where my face was affected. It was embarrassing, as it looked like a sunburn. It felt like a sunburn, too. I wore sunblock daily during the time mine was the worst, and it made no difference. I realized that sun exposure was not causing the problem for me. Something else was causing it. I even went to Mayo Clinic during the time it was the worst and they had no clue what it was and never mentioned Lyme disease.
That redness, burning, and inflammation was there from 2009 until the fall of 2015 after I got a second wave of symptoms. That time, I was suffering from severe silent reflux symptoms, sudden onset of IBS-C, and had started going through menopause. I started Nexium and Zantac for the reflux symptoms. Much to my surprise, the mucus I had for so long went away AND the heat, redness, and inflammation in my face went away. I took that medicine for about 6 months and then stopped. I have not had a recurrence of severe mucus or the redness, heat, and inflammation in my face since then. I did not start treating Lyme until June 2017. I don't know why that stopped, but my face looks and feels normal now. I'm thankful for that and clueless about how/why it started and then stopped. Hope yours goes away, too.
You mentioned ears. I also had recurring episodes in the years following the onset of my symptoms when I would get red, burning earlobes. I know it happened in my left earlobe. I can't remember if it happened in both earlobes or not. Since starting Buhner's bartonella protocol, I've had sharp pains in the outer part of my left ear that come and go. I also had my left ear close up for 2 weeks in 2015. I suspect bartonella is in my left ear. I could be wrong. It could be Lyme or babesia. Who knows???