Facial flushing occurs when the blood vessels beneath the surface of the skin become dilated. Areas of your face temporarily turn red.
Sometimes your neck and chest are also flushed. Unlike blushing, facial flushing is typically a bolder reddening of the skin.
There are many reasons flushing might happen such as embarrassment, excitement, anxiety or stress. Fluctuations in hormone levels (menopause) and some skin disorders such as rosacea, high temperatures or the consumption of certain foods or alcohol can also cause facial flushing.
In some cases facial flushing can be a symptom of a more serious problem.
Allergic reactions to:
- Insect bites
- Animal hair
- Heart attack
- Heat stroke
- Heat exhaustion
- Overactive thyroid
- Anaphylaxis (severe, life threatening allergic reaction)
Flushing can be treated by simply applying a cold compress to your face or drinking cool liquids. But if you are continually bothered by facial flushing why not make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants? We will work with you to determine the underlying cause of your facial flushing and recommend any treatment to relieve your symptoms.
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