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Skin blushing/flushing

Blushing; Flushing; Red face

Skin blushing or flushing is a sudden reddening of the face, neck, or upper chest due to increased blood flow.

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Causes

Blushing is a normal body response that may occur when you are embarrassed, angry, excited, or experiencing another strong emotion.

Flushing of the face may be associated with certain medical conditions, such as:

Other causes include:

Home Care

Try to avoid the things that cause your blushing. For example, you may need to avoid hot drinks, spicy foods, extreme temperatures, or bright sunlight.

When to Contact a Medical Professional

Call your health care provider if you have persistent flushing, particularly if you have other symptoms (such as diarrhea).

What to Expect at Your Office Visit

The provider will perform a physical exam and may ask about your medical history and symptoms, including:

Treatment depends on the cause of your blushing or flushing. Your provider may recommend that you avoid things that trigger the condition.

References

Habif TP. Acne, rosacea, and related disorders. In: Habif TP, ed. Clinical Dermatology: A Color Guide to Diagnosis and Therapy. 6th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2016:chap 7.

James WD, Elston DM, Treat JR, Rosenbach MA, Neuhaus IM. Erythema and urticaria. In: James WD, Elston DM, Treat JR, Rosenbach MA, Neuhaus IM, eds. Andrews' Diseases of the Skin. 13th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2020:chap 7.

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Review Date: 4/16/2019  

Reviewed By: Michael Lehrer, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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