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Spontaneous flushing and redness of face and body.

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 18, 2006
  • 07:03 PM

I don't know if I am posting this in the right section, but if someone could help me with this, I would greatly appreciate it. For some reason, I turn extremely red in the face and body. This has been happening to me a few years now, and I really just started noticing how red I turn. I don't know how or why it happens...and it's not just my face either, my neck, arms, and chest turn red as well. Sometimes, it's spontanious, and I just turn red for no reason whatsoever, and then there are other times when I get nervous, embarrassed, and I turn red. The weird thing is, is that I can be talking to someone that I am completely comfortable around and i'll turn red. So it's not just when i'm nervous, or embarrassed. But It happens soo quick, it takes like 1 second for my entire upper body to turn red. People get turned off when i turn red, and they quit talking to me or they look away so they aren't staring at this red faced person. But anyway, I don't smoke, drink, do drugs, and i'm not on any form of medication. This is really messing up my social life, and if there is anybody out there that can help, you would be a life saver. I'm 19 years old, and tryin to get through college and hold a job, and this problem of mine doesn't make it easy at all.

Please, someone help me out.

Jordan

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  • I have observed skin turning from normal to splotchy red just this morning in my 8 year old son. He had just consumed some jelly beans, and in minutes his cheeks were bright red. Earlier this month my daughter had the flushed cheeks and complained of a sore neck. I took her in to the pediatrician -was concerned about the dual symtoms of red skin and stiff neck (meninigitis). She thankfully was negative for strep and the doctor said the red cheeks did not have the sandpaper texture that would signal something more serious. She said the red cheeks were a curious but not alarming; maybe the result of some virus. After examining her neck the doctor made a guess that the tubes in the ear were congested and causing the pressure/pain and we should try some decongestants. We did this and she felt immediate relief. As did I.SO when I noticed the red cheeks on my son, last week on and off, I felt that he was dealing with "a little virus". He had some congestion with sneezing, which I attributed to seasonal allergies. we were giving him loratadine syrup each morning for that based on doctors recommendation. Looking at his cheeks just moments ago the redness is still visible but not as pronounced. Maybe the Loratadine is working?
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  • Hi DOM I do believe I am going to stop all acne medications. I'm scared to death my acne is going to come back.... and may come back worse. But I hope that since my acne was never that severe that it'll just be mostly mild. And that this flushing will go away. I am a member of acne.org .... a lot of people on acne medications including spiro seem to experience this flushing so... I am taking your advice... and going to stop all medications... even topical.... other than a gentle cleanser and aloe lotion. I really really just want my body to go back to its normal self... even with mild acne... at this point the flushing and redness has gotten soooo bad that I'd much rather deal with mild acne and have my body be back to it's normal healthy self than use drugs that cause more problems... especially this... It's so uncomfortable and effects me every single day. Do you think as long as I stop taking this medicine that My body will go back to it's normal self and will stop all this flushing????? I pray to god that it does. The fact that you have acne means that your body is not in balance. There are many causes of acne, sometimes hormonal, sometimes food allergies, diet etc. It is an outward manifestation of an internal inbalance. I think it's great that you are going off the meds. Please get yourself a good probiotic. And you might want to try an acne supplement by Futurebiotics - forget what it is called but you can find this on www.vitacost.com. The reviews seem very promising on this supplement, but I haven't actually tried it (Futurebiotics is an excellent brand). The idea is to get your body back in balance so you won't have future outbreaks. The above website has the best prices for supplements on the web...check them out! I have suffered from adult onset acne for the past six years or so. For me, hormonal issues were a factor, but I also found myself to be dairy/cheese intolerant. I have gone through a series of treatments called NAET and am now a certified NAET practitioner. I still ocassionally get an acne flare up, but nothing like I used to - NAET really helped my symptoms. www.naet.com for more info. www.acne.org is a fantastic website. I recommend their site to my patients with acne. I have also found the Mary Kay products, especially their acne cream, to be really helpful. No I am not a rep and never thought I'd be recommending their products:rolleyes:. But they have really helped my skin! Best wishesDOM
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  • My gynecologist actually ended up being the one to help me. She said it's an antihistamine reaction of some sort and rather than put me through God knows how many tests to just take something that will stop it (i.e. Claritin, Zyrtec, or Tagament) The Claritin hasn't helped but she said the Tagament will probably help because my reactions tend to be after i eat and it would block the reaction in my stomach. Hope this helps you guys!! Consider trying a technique called NAET. NAET can help diagnose and treat allergies - it is noninvasive, nondrug and very very effective. NAET helps to reprogram the brain so it no longer signals a hyperimmune (allergic) response to certain stimulus - food, environmental, and other. www.naet.com for info. It is NOT a quick fix and requires multiple treatments. But it changed my life! Best wishesDOM
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  • The antihistamine and allergy info might work for some if that is the cause, however I don't believe that has anything to do with this situation for most people. I am on an antihistamine for allergies and that doesn't do anything for the red face situation. Two totally different problems.
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  • it is most likely food allergies. it has taken the dr almost 3 yrs to pin point my problems, but i did a whole body detox from all foods that have known reactions and then after a week of that i started to add foods back in to find the triggers. you should consult an allergist, they will be able to tell you what it is that is causing it, then avoid those triggers and you should be fine.I am not sure i would take any advice however from the person who said they saw something about surgery on Greys Anatomy, I would bet you are allergic and it is much easier a fix to avoid the foods then to have surgery.Good Luck!PS. - 19 and starting college is a great age, enjoy it and dont worry about what ANYONE else thinks.
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    • December 30, 2009
    • 09:37 PM
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  • I don't know if I am posting this in the right section, but if someone could help me with this, I would greatly appreciate it. For some reason, I turn extremely red in the face and body. This has been happening to me a few years now, and I really just started noticing how red I turn. I don't know how or why it happens...and it's not just my face either, my neck, arms, and chest turn red as well. Sometimes, it's spontanious, and I just turn red for no reason whatsoever, and then there are other times when I get nervous, embarrassed, and I turn red. The weird thing is, is that I can be talking to someone that I am completely comfortable around and i'll turn red. So it's not just when i'm nervous, or embarrassed. But It happens soo quick, it takes like 1 second for my entire upper body to turn red. People get turned off when i turn red, and they quit talking to me or they look away so they aren't staring at this red faced person. But anyway, I don't smoke, drink, do drugs, and i'm not on any form of medication. This is really messing up my social life, and if there is anybody out there that can help, you would be a life saver. I'm 19 years old, and tryin to get through college and hold a job, and this problem of mine doesn't make it easy at all. Please, someone help me out.JordanHi Jordon-I have struggled with this exact thing for, not kidding 10 years, and I'm pretty sure I JUST discovered why. My husband just found out that he is gluten intolerent (can't have wheat, barely, rye and other grains) and since then we have cut it out of all of our receipes and our grocery list for that matter, and let me tell you I have not had a flushed red face, neck, chest, arms or shoulders since I've quit gluten. Then the other day my mom brought some heifenweisen beers over and with ONE single beer BAM! my whole face, neck and chest were glowing red. It all became clear to me, I always knew it was an allergic reaction but I never knew from what. I have always heard about gluten allergies, I just never tired cutting it out myself. I swear, this is really working for me. Even my mind seems more clear and my usual nervous tendancies have faded! Wheat is in almost EVERYHTING and I think Americans are seeing these allergies more and more because our diets are overloaded with wheat. So if you serious about cutting it out, you are going to have to change your life style, but G-Free products are popping up all over the place. My husband's favorite things were bread, pasta and beer and now he can not have any of those things BUT he feels so great, he'll never go back... Me neither! If this was truly the cause of all my years of embarassing redness, I will be so happy to finally be in control again! Anyway, Do some research and try eliminating Gluten products for a while and see if it makes a differnece... I really hope this helps for you! Kat
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  • Hi Jordon- I have struggled with this exact thing for, not kidding 10 years, and I'm pretty sure I JUST discovered why. My husband just found out that he is gluten intolerent (can't have wheat, barely, rye and other grains) and since then we have cut it out of all of our receipes and our grocery list for that matter, and let me tell you I have not had a flushed red face, neck, chest, arms or shoulders since I've quit gluten. Then the other day my mom brought some heifenweisen beers over and with ONE single beer BAM! my whole face, neck and chest were glowing red. It all became clear to me, I always knew it was an allergic reaction but I never knew from what. I have always heard about gluten allergies, I just never tired cutting it out myself. I swear, this is really working for me. Even my mind seems more clear and my usual nervous tendancies have faded! Wheat is in almost EVERYHTING and I think Americans are seeing these allergies more and more because our diets are overloaded with wheat. So if you serious about cutting it out, you are going to have to change your life style, but G-Free products are popping up all over the place. My husband's favorite things were bread, pasta and beer and now he can not have any of those things BUT he feels so great, he'll never go back... Me neither! If this was truly the cause of all my years of embarassing redness, I will be so happy to finally be in control again! Anyway, Do some research and try eliminating Gluten products for a while and see if it makes a differnece... I really hope this helps for you! Kat Hi - Kate - This is very interesting. I have same flushing 2 yrs with one yr mild diarrhea and thought it is carcinoid syndrome (although I tested negative with many different tests). Can you tell me if you've been tested for that? Is your flushing still gone since you posted this? I had test for Celiac which was negative but I realize now that intolerance to gluten can exist with negative celiac test. Did you also have diarrhea? If so, was it mild and occasional? I would think it should be daily if wheat was eaten daily. I hope you get this reply and that I hear from you soon.Lori333
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