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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 also have this problem and have done lots of research with no helpful results. Im 25 years old and have suffered for years with this. My neck is permanently red and my fac changes instantaneousely. Ive seen my general physician and two dermatologists that have no idea what is going on. I discovered that my grandfather on my fathers side had similar conditions meaning that it is probably genetic.Through all of the research that i have done, the closest related thing that I can find is Hyperhidrosis. I am almost conviced that I may suffer from this condition. Unfortunately, ther is no cure other than the risky surgery. I am with all of the sufferers out there and hope to find a cure or at least treatment for this.
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  • And when u think that ur the only one......Okay I've been having redness in my chest and neck for about 1 year I think now...i worry constantly about it..besides myself being a hypochronriac, it does freak me out..i have been to a doctor about this and the doctor said that it is not anything to worry about. It is dialated capalaries in my chest. I notice that I get flushed or like my friends say "oh my god are u okay" ( I hate when they say that, it makes it worse, and now they know better) it's usually when I'm not fully occupied and when i have anxiety, embarressed ( which is the worst) I feel it go from my chest to my neck bout half way and then stops, then I start feeling my pulse and make sure I'm okay cause I just get nervous, cause i'm a ***d like that...but my relief has been xanax, I take it for anxiety attacks and I notice it helps alot and I really think that this is a hormonal and also a physcological thing that people have and it's part of how our body takes stress and life I guess. Having a tan does help too~!! Not so noticable.
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  • "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."That was very useful. I had it the last 2 days - the flushing all over the body. Well I also got a niacin supplement and was taking it. Obviously I can't do that.It was really bizarre to turn red all over so fast
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  • I have the same issue. Mine is called Vasodilation of the blood vessels. It's a precursor of Rosacea. There is a treatment called LimeLight Facial. This treatment helps to lessen the redness. It doesn't go away completely. Talk to a dermatologist.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 24, 2007
    • 05:47 PM
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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.omg. i started crying to.. i just had tears pouring down my face. i seriously thought i was the only person this happens too. it sucks so bad though. cuz when i hear i have to present something or go infront of people i freak and don't do it because my face will turn red. and i've failed classes because i didn't do things just because of my face turning red. it makes it worse though when someone's like "oh my god, you look like a tomatoe", or "holy, your really red". hopefully we all find something to help us.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 30, 2007
    • 11:58 PM
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  • omg. i started crying to.. i just had tears pouring down my face. i seriously thought i was the only person this happens too. it sucks so bad though. cuz when i hear i have to present something or go infront of people i freak and don't do it because my face will turn red. and i've failed classes because i didn't do things just because of my face turning red. it makes it worse though when someone's like "oh my god, you look like a tomatoe", or "holy, your really red". hopefully we all find something to help us.Wow, i'm in the same boat as you.I totally agree with what you said
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 2, 2007
    • 00:12 PM
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  • I am 29 years old and I've been experiencing "spontaneous" flushing for several years. I'm relieved to know there are others experiencing the same symptoms, but frustrated because my symptoms seem to be getting worse and I can't find a solution. Just in the past few months, in addition to my face, ears,neck and chest getting red, my nose has started turning bright red and staying that way even when my face returns to its normal color. It's not just the embarrassment factor that bothers me, though. Because of the flushing, people know exactly when I am frustrated or stressed or agitated (or excited, or deep in thought, or tipsy, or passionate...). Even if my tone of voice stays even, people interpret my flushing as an inability to manage stress or anger. At this point, I feel if I can't get the flushing under control, it will be difficult to progress in my career. I have been on Ortho Tricyclen Lo for about 4 years and before that, I was on regular dose 5 years. I have tried to stop the pill, but when I do, my cycle is unpredictable and menstruation is painful. My blood pressure is normal, I exercise 3-5 times a week, and I maintain a healthy diet. I have tried deep breathing techniques and cold compresses, but these are reactive treatments, not proactive treatments. I will keep up my internet searches for solutions, but for now at least it's good to know I am not alone. Let me know if you have any break-throughs or if anyone has any suggestions, aside from turtle necks (which don't work well in the summer!), as to how to manage this condition at work.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 4, 2007
    • 04:46 AM
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  • Okay, so I have read quit a few of these posts, and I was just wondering, if any of you get a really bad stomach pain before you start to turn red? A few weeks ago, I was putting stuff up on my walls, and out of nowhere my stomach began to churn so bad, worse than i have ever felt before. I had to lie down because i couldnt stand. Then as soon as it started, it stopped, and then, I began to feel like I was sunburned, all over my body. First my face then the rest of my body. I got up to go see if I looked red because I felt hot, and bam, i was flushed red. I didnt know why that happend, and niether did my mom so she had me take a benydrl, and about 45 min. later, it faded away. It has happend to me two times since then, and I told my doctors on my last check up, and they cant seem to think of what that may have been caused by. It's just really strange.Anything like that happen to any of you?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 7, 2007
    • 09:21 PM
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  • I have this problem, but only in the face. This has been going since i was in my 20's, now i'm 43 and started menopause when i turned 41. i flush when it is hot, cold, sun exposure for as little as 3 minutes, stress, any mild activity (power walk, stretching),I have to be careful what to use, even products that are parfume, additive free and for sensitive skin..., my face gets very red and blotchy, even if i use Bare Minerals make-up, when i get hot flashes. or just because it wants to flare up for no other reason and stays.I can feel a warm, burning on my face, and it is embaracing in public. I don't like people pointing out and ask, 'why is your face red for?' it is none of their business. I am beside myself, even the dermitologist is perplexed. I don't know what else to do. the only thing i haven't tried yet is to hide under a rock.As i'm sitting here typing my face is burning and i know it is red and it'll stay that way.I don't Drink alchohol, i don't bother with any artifitial sweetners, i don't eat much in chocolate or other candy, i even don't eat desserts. i eat fruit, some vegetables, fish and chicken, also rice. that has been my diet most of my teen years and to present. I don't like beef or Pork. once in a blue moon i sneek in junk food
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    • September 15, 2007
    • 02:48 PM
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  • I have suffered from this problem since I was like 15 years old... I am 30 years old now... I will turn red for no reason at all and usually in front of people, it sucks so bad, I freakin hate it. I've been to about 20 doctors throughout the years and they tell me it's pyschological and all this crap... I say " I'm not shy, I am not afraid of people but for no reason at all I will turn red and get really hot in the face and neck and flush for a few minutes." They just blow me off... ticks me off. So I've some up with my own cure... This will help I promise... #1) Wash and splash your face and head with cold water for about 15 seconds..(sometimes it will be tough to get to a bathroom but you've gotta do it!!) then wipe face with cold towel or wash cloth, this will help you for about a half hr to 1 hr then you'll have to do it again. #2) when going into social situations try sucking on Halls cough drops menthyl kind, or ice breaker mints, or really minty gum (2 pieces or more) you'll be set for a little while with this cause if your mouth is cool or cold then your throat will also be cold, thus controlling the temperature of your neck and head...#3) breathe in and out a lot before and after and situations...oxygen will help your body to regulate tempature and most likely the air your breathing will be cooler than the air in your body thus cooling you down..#4) diet(this part sucks) I notice when I eat only fruits and vegetables and drink only water my body really responds well to this... stay away from alcohol, spicy foods, all fried and deep fried stuff, no greasy food, no sugared beverages... really monitor your salts and sugers hard... doing this will really help you a ton..................... like I said I go into a grocery store I turn red, see a relative I turn red, talk to someone at work I turn red, everything I do I turn red and get really hot for several minutes... it sucks but do these 4 things and your life will be better... also tanning does help to but it's not the best for your skin and sometimes can make you feel even hotter depending on your situation...hope this helps, any other suggestions please post them cause I am always adding stuff to my list of solutions
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 17, 2007
    • 04:30 AM
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  • [Do not keep from getting married. I found a beautiful wedding dress with lace neck and arms. It was a spring wedding and was great. I warn people before a speak in front of a group that I do get splotchy and everyone at work understands. They keep away when I am angry or upset. I do not even have to tell them because they see it on my chest and neck. You just learn to live with it.
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    • September 21, 2007
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  • Hello All, I have had this kind of condition my whole life too...It too, started to really be obvious to others in Junior High. I didn't really every like school because of this. I would be asked a question by the teacher and turn bright red. And if that wasn't bad enough it would turn me into a complete nervous wreck with giving speaches or talks or anything in front of the class. It has been a constant struggle in job interviews, doctor's visits, court (jury duty). Even talking on the phone can trigger it. It in uncontrolable. Reading all your stories make me feel good that there are other people out there like me. I too, didn't want to have an "official wedding" because of this. I researched online and found the surgery for hyper-hydrosis. It is the branch of nerves that causes, facial blushing and sweaty hands too. This helped greatly. I no longer feel "heat" when talking or get flushed. It is expensive ($6500). But, for me it was worth it. And added benefit is that I no longer sweat from my head and face either. I was constaintly wiping my face if working outside.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 26, 2007
    • 05:44 PM
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  • ok well i took a vitiam c pill i usaly take it everyday and well ive tirned red my whole body even my legs i can feel this etream heat its realy weird and scaring me idk what it is or if there was soemthign else in the vitam c pills that i got from walgreens it tasted the sam eand everythng would it be that theres homecoming tonight idk and its freaking me out
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 29, 2007
    • 00:58 PM
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  • I know what helps!! I've had this all my life and I too love to be the center of attention, however, I break out in red spotches. What works is Cough Medicine before an interview or a time you have to get in front of a crowd. It is an antihistmine and it stops the hives from coming. I've tested it and it works. Hope this helps it has truly helped me.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 13, 2007
    • 08:41 PM
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  • Wow, a lot of familiar stories on this board.My first memory of "the blotch" was when I gave my first presentation in Speech 101. I was nervous, and felt a warmth in my neck and face. I hadn't realized I was blushing until I sat down. A classmate I knew from several other course said bluntly, "Dude...yer neck is all red."It became a real issue for me at work. Presentations are the major trigger, followed by being the center of attention during meetings, being asked questions evoking emotion, and getting mad.Thinking that a session may happen usually perpetuates a session. Knowing that it's happening makes the redness deepen, spreading to more visible areas of the face. I've occasionally invoked the "haul **s" option. Feelings of dread and panic build, and I know the redness is drawing unwanted attention, so i LEAVE. 5 to 10 minutes later, the redness subsides. Breathing sometimes help, but not always. I applied just about every cold object you can think of to my neck and face. This often stops the redness from spreading, and in some cases, the cold can prevent a session from happening IF I apply the cold soon enough, and long enough to the left side of my neck -- it always starts on the left.There appears to be many varieties of this problem, and many causes. In my particular case, I am convinced that drinking alcohol is the #1 culprit. Thinking back, the blotch sessions started to occur around the same time that my drinking went beyond casual social drinking to moderate/heavy drinking. When I abstain from alcohol, the frequency of the sessions lessen, and eventually stop occurring altogether. When I fall off the wagon, drinking quantities considered heavy to excessive, the blotch sessions come back.I'm only just beginning to piece together the hows and whys.....but after many sober-again drunk-again periods in my life, I'm convinced that, for me, drinking is the culprit. Freaking alcohol, it's a nightmare for some of us that keeps on giving...Some Guy
    someguyingeorgia 2 Replies
    • October 28, 2007
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  • After reading my response, I think I need to clarify something. I am sober during 90% of the situations I'm in when these red sessions occur. So, it's not the immediate effects of alcohol that are causing my issues with blushing. It's my opinion that my issues with the blushing are due to the myriad of negative affects the alcohol has on the body and mind soon after consumption and during withdrawal.
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    • October 28, 2007
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  • Hello,I thought I was probably the only person in the world with this problem and over the past few years have been giving my Irish heritage the credit for it, even though none of my sisters seem to have it. Today was a perfect example of what a pain it is. I was in an interview that was otherwise going really well and all of the sudden I could feel my face getting really hot and my palms getting sweaty. It was very embarrassing and I am not expecting a call back. The hiring manager was looking at me like I was crazy. It also happens when I drink, when I speak or give a presentation, when I am embarrassed, on the phone, and sometimes for no reason at all. Does anyone have any information on surgeries or doctors that may be able to treat this problem. It's affecting my career.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 1, 2007
    • 08:20 PM
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  • This problem is called malar flush and it is readily treated by Traditional Chinese Medicine. Please find a good acupuncturist who is also a trained herbalist to help you with this flushing.Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • November 2, 2007
    • 10:18 PM
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  • Hey, i'd just like to say how relieved i am to read these posted and know that i'm not the only one suffering from the EXACT same symptoms. I'm 18 and i'd say i am a very sociable kind of person and love being around people but as soon as ALL EYES ARE ON ME, be that, in a presentation at college or just sitting round the table at bar with friends, my face, neck, chest, arms and back start to go really red and blotchy and i can't wait for the attention to be off me (also just a sip of alcohol makes me go "beetroot"). I get really worried about this as this makes me really socially conscious. However this also happens when i'm on my own or just thinking about it.So, just like the rest of you guys i've looked on the internet for help and believe i've found out what’s wrong with me...its a SOCIAL PHOBIA called...ERYTHROPHOBIA - A fear of blushingPlease google this word and read all the different links, it has really helped me to combat this disorder. Its all related to STRESS (i believe) as, as i have tryed to reduce my stress levels, my going redness has begun to reduce and the intensity of the attacks have begun to become less severe (however i do feel like i have it bad). Quitting a VERY stressful part time job i had (where as soon as i walked into the shop my whole body went red and didn't go down until i walked out again) for a much less stressful one has really really really helped with my blushing, blotchy, pins and needles attacks. I rarely go red working in my new shop (^_^).Also i have learned that telling your close friends and family about it helps too, because now if it happens they know about what your feeling is going on and know your not being a weirdo. Obviously you'll have to feel comfortable with them. Also getting more sleep, and having more "YOU" time and doing the things you enjoy all start to help and build up to less stress and less blushing attacks (i feel)Please, if anyone has anymore information about this, please post.
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    • November 4, 2007
    • 10:50 PM
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  • Wow, Reading this thread is like a deja vu for me. I am 21 years old and have noticed that my blushing has gotten worse for the past month. I am a very outgoing person and love the attention. I do not believe this was a big issue until recently. I would occasionally get red faced before an important exam or when I would be embarassed. However, the last month not a day went by without me getting red faced. I think it started when I colored my hair into a color that I do not paricularly like, when people would point out my color change, I would turn red. I would also do it only around work people or people I am not very comfortable with, like my boss. I do not know whats wrong with me but really hope it stops. I also get extremely red when I am working out, but that I do not mind so much. When I get these flushes I also get physically hot, I might even sweat. And whats worse is that when I feel it coming on it gets even worse. I am going to a dermatologist tomorrow and hope I can get some answers. If anyone has more information on the surgery please share!
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    • November 5, 2007
    • 05:28 PM
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