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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 was given metrocream (metronidazole 1%). Also I've been using Purpose redness reducing moisture cream twice a day. I've have def. noticed a difference.I switched from my regular facial cleanser to purpose too.I hope this helps.. I know it has helped me and I didn't think anything would.
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  • The cream was metrocream, it really has seemed to help. I also switched facial cleanser and moisturizer to Purpose.
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  • I have a question. Do any of you experience a sensation of heat and hot pin *****s at the same time the flushing occurs? My husband is in his mid 50s and had never had this happen until this morning. He was lying down when he felt "prickly heat" start at the top of his head and spread to his face, neck, upper chest and arms. He turned bright red, felt very hot, his skin was hot to the touch and he felt as though he was being pricked all over the affected area by hot needles. The redness went away within 15-20 minutes but it took about 45 minutes for the heat to dissipate and an hour for the prickling to stop. His back is out due to a couple of days of heavy yard work so I'm wondering if there could be a connection. But he started having trouble with his back several years ago and, as I said, this flushing has not happened before. I appreciate your help.
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  • I'll add myself to the list of Red faces.It's awful, and i hate it.E.g.'sGoing out for a meal, Turn red for no real reason.Walking down the street, turn red.Talking to family, about my Job or Film i watched at the cinema, turn red.What's worse, is i can feel it turning red, and it burning, and people look at me like i'm the Red version of 'The Hulk'. I just get red-er and red-er, until my whole head feels like it's going to POP. And people say "why are you turning red?" that just makes me worse.The WORST cases are when someone asks me something that is not true, i know it's not, they know it's not, i'm not embarrased, but i turn Red. e.g. "did you break into xxx's car?" I didn't, but i turn red, this then makes me look like i did do it.I hope i never go to court for something i didn't do, as my face would put me in jail!!!!!!
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  • I have this same problem only it doesnt affect my chest... just my face and hands.Some information:-I use clean and clear lotion and acne wash, i forget the name but its for gentle skin.-I drink a lot of diet pop and pop that contains caffiene -i consume pop just about everyday-I get red by exercising also.-I can't remember when the redness occurred, but it definetly has not been with me my whole life, and my hands just recently started to turn red, which they never have before.-I do not know anything about it running in my family-When my hands turn red I feel my pulse and I feel my blood flow, (best way to describe it)-Sometimes when i feel the reddness coming on, i think of being CAREFREE and can control it, other times it's the compelte opposite
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  • I ordered some Eredicane for $50 (P&P $15) as i am willing to try anything right now.I got them delivered today from www.eredicane.com and i've taken the first tablet, now only time will tell.
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  • I have the same problem. I also have lupus. Was diagnosed with rosacea as well. the treatment of an antibiotic,metocream and washing with cetaphil cleanser really helped my face. Now I am having my arms and back turn red and extremely hot. so hot i cannot sleep. Has anyone had this and treated it successfully?
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  • Hello all, ( I apologies now for all the spelling and grammer mistakes)I also get incredably red, It started about 4 years ago, my face would flush and then it would seem to creap to my uper body, to my legs and then even my toes turned all red. My skin feels very hot, Itchy ++++ and when It starts to go away pins and needles.When this first started to happen, It was my skin that I needed to have treated so I would go to the minor emerg hospital they would give me a shot of Beneryl make sure my breathing was good and then I would get in my car and back to work or home-- the attachs are sporadic however there was a 4 month period where I was having them every 48-72 hours. I have been seen by internal med,cardiologist,allergist,dermotologist, I have had like 5 cat scans looking for tumour ( feocromcytoma SP???) I have been tested for mastocytosis and had some of the marker but not enough to be diagnosed. Now these reaction are life threatening, My friend has to administer Epi and call the paramendics . Inbetween major reactions I will have a lot of small flushing episodes with no breathing issues.Just a few questions Do you guys have dermgraphisum ( Latin for ski writing, take the end of a pen apply small amount a pressure and drag it down your arm if it turns bright red ( and some times welts) you have it. My allergist told be that about 80% of the population has. 2. Does anybody else have itching with the flushing or breathing difficulties your throat swell ect...3. You guys might want to try taking a antihistamine, It might stop some of the flushing-- becareful as benydrl like antihistamines will make you sleepy, Your best be it to try, Arius, Claritin or reactin.4. Does your flushing wake you up at night??I am really curious to hear you guys responce as the doctors do not know what is wrong with me, I am 25 and if they do not find somthig soon I am scared that I will stop breathing and die.Cheers all, and I wish that all of you willwake up nice and pail in the morning and stay that way for the rest of the day.
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  • I ordered some Eredicane for $50 (P&P $15) as i am willing to try anything right now.I got them delivered today from www.eredicane.com and i've taken the first tablet, now only time will tell. Please let us know how you get on as I've just discovered Eredicane via a Google search and I'd love to know if it really works.
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  • I have started getting this problem too, over the past few months. Ive been searching the internet for help and there is nothing on there. I noticed it first when i drunk alcohol, it would only take one drink and i would be red. So i decided to try and stop drinking, but it happens even when im comfortable at home or at work. Right now i have gone red, and all i am doing is sitting at work!! Hence why i thought i'd check it out now!I do not take medication, and i havent drunk alcohol for a few days, yet i am red right now. What on earth causes this and how can i overcome it? It is starting to make me paranoid especially when people talk to me and think that i am embarrassed when im not!!!ARGH!
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  • I am sitting here reading these comments and crying because I thought that I was the only person out there like this! I dont mind talking in front of people and I love to be the center of attention, but as soon as I get in front of the class or as soon as everyone stops to listen to what I have to say, I break out and turn just as red as can be... and before when I know I am getting ready to present a project, my chest gets the red sploches on them, its so embarrasing. I wish that there was a cure. I am almost 18 years old and Im scared to go into a job interview because I am scared that I will break out and turn red in front of my possible future employor and he or she will not hire me because i just randomly turn red. If anyone finds a cure or hears of somthing please report back... I dont want to live the rest of my life like this.
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  • Something that helps me.Face makeup (yes, i'm a boy)And, having a bottle of water to hand, it cools me, and i feel like it's a shield when i'm drinking, no one can see my face.It's daft, but it helps.
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  • I have redness on the face as well: on top of the forehead, around the cheeks, near the ears, near the lip area, and under the chin area. The redness keeps persisting for over several days here. I have come to the conclusion that there is little humidity outside. In Georgia, we're having a serious drought here due to a high pressure front blocking out the rain from Texas. The heat made it even worse and my face is burnt red. I was diagnosed with eczema back in 2003 and the condition seems to worsen this year. My skin keeps losing heat throughout my body and washing my face causes it to crack up seriously. I am sensitive to chemicals, smells, and temperature; this condition keeps getting worse as it gets hotter and dryer here. My body also loses heat at an incredible rate and people near me can feel my body heat. I never had a problem in the fall and winter due to incredibly cool weather. It's embarrassing to see people looking at me and commenting on my face that I look like the Phantom of the Opera.
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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.JordanThere is a rare disease called Carcinoid Syndrome that can cause this same symptom. It is easy to test for with something called a urinary 5HIAA. If your symptoms continue, I would have a Dr. test for this.
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  • I blush all the time.
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  • I have had many of the symptoms described. Pretty much any emotion other than calm causes my neck, chest, face and arms to turn blotchy or bright red. If i turn red a few times a day a migraine will almost always follow. Also working out and most physical activity causes the same redness. I am 30 and healthy overall. I am going to the doctor to talk about "anti-anxiety" meds. I think trying to take medicine prior to big meeting, speeces and interviews will help with the majority of issues that this problem causes. Also, I know that splashing cold water on my face or rubbing ice on my skin helps as well (but who can really do that in the middle of an important meeting?) Overall, I feel that this is our bodies way of letting out stress that we would otherwise suppress.
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  • I am 20 years old and had flushing since i was 18. It all started when stress level rose. I think it is a way of my body saying i need to relax. It has affected my life significantly. I do not enjoy drinking alcohol anymore and do own a rather large collection of high necked t - shirts. However, Shiatsu has helped me, as well as relaxation techniques (deep breathing). Trying to keep calm and relaxed when you feel it is coming onFor the short term redness - using fake tan and make up seems to work. Pale skinned people will always be suseptable to it and ur not alone. I think everyone that suffers from it needs to learn to love themselves for who they are not what they look like. People really do not care - the most they will think about it is for a few seconds. If people do say anything or look at you funny then there not worth knowing anyway. There are worse skin condition than this my dad has vitaligo and its permenant and it doesnt stop him at all! Try to keep yourself leveled - it should certainly not overrule your life any longer!
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  • I have a question. Do any of you experience a sensation of heat and hot pin *****s at the same time the flushing occurs? >> I just had this happen on Friday for the first (and hopefully the last) time and I am 54. I was picking my daughter up at the doctors when my face started getting hot. Within minutes it had gone clear to my toes. I stopped to go into the rest room at a fast food place and thought I would pass out in there. I made it to car, waited for it to subside some, then drove home. My skin was red and hot from my face to my feet - looked like a sunburned. I also had pin *****s all over, especially on my legs. I kept check on my pulse and it never seemed to speed up or did I have trouble breathing. The only thing I had to eat before leaving was a 'Nutri-System meal. We read the ingredients and thought maybe it was the niacin - I take a niacin supplement for blood pressure - since flushing can happen from niacin. The two might have been too much. But I am not so sure except I am certain it was something in the meal. I went to lay down when I was overcome with shivering - shaking so hard my joints hurt. Reminds me of heatstroke. I forced my self to vomit up the meal and within a half hour started to feel better and by this morning was better. But I had a terrible thirst all night so I was up drinking and urinating all night long. Can't go to a doctor as I have no insurance nor money to pay.
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  • I've had spontaneous flushing since about seventh grade. I'm 24 now. It affects my face, neck, chest, back, arms, legs--pretty much my entire body. I live in south Florida and I notice a huge difference between the summer and winter. During the summer, the sun/heat will make my body get red and splotchy, but during the winter the weather rarely makes it occur. It also happens when I'm embarrased, anxious, or nervous (so presentations in school were especially difficult--tried to wear turtle-necks during the winter, and wearing a tie helped conceal my neck when it reddened). I won't take my shirt off outside because of how splotchy I get. My skin will get very warm; people close to me have commented on how they can feel the heat coming from me. Hot foods and drinks, and warm water all trigger it, too. I cope by trying to control my environment--air conditioning, shade, ice. Also, I try to relax and be assertive--when I'm in front of a large group of people I'm comfortable with, it won't occur as often, but when I'm not comfortable with a group, it happens easily. When I'm exercising and sweating, it won't happen much, but when I'm in a car and the sun is hitting my skin and I'm not sweating, it will. So, it's part physiological and part psychological. But I've been able to enjoy a healthy social life--I just tell myself that, if it happens, once it goes away it likely won't come back during that situation again, as if my body is adjusting. My understanding is that it's caused by vasodilation, but I don't know if there's anything I can take to prevent it from occurring as extreme as it does.
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  • I also suffer from the same issue and for some reason I feel that it is getting worse and now I am desperate to find a cure because I am tired of having to walk away from a crowd just so I don't turn red in front of them! So I have done my research and the only thing I can come up with is that it is a genetic disorder called Hyperhidrosis. It can cause extreme flushing/blushing and also is the cause of excessive sweating which I don't really have a problem with except in my face. They do have a surgey but it is very risky with several side affects since it is very close to your spine and could hit other nerves. Hope this helps. If anyone has found a cure without surgery I would love to know!
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