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Flushing is a sensation of warmth and redness in the skin, particularly on the face and neck. It is often associated with various medical conditions and can be a symptom of certain diseases.

Causes[edit | edit source]

Flushing can be caused by a variety of factors, including:

  • Emotional stress: This is one of the most common causes of flushing. When a person is stressed, their body releases hormones that can cause blood vessels to expand, leading to flushing.
  • Hot flashes: These are sudden feelings of heat, which are usually most intense over the face, neck, and chest. They can also cause sweating and a rapid heartbeat.
  • Alcohol: Some people may experience flushing after consuming alcohol. This is due to the body's inability to break down a substance in alcohol called acetaldehyde.
  • Certain foods: Spicy foods, hot drinks, and foods high in niacin can cause flushing.
  • Certain medications: Some medications, such as niacin, tamoxifen, and certain types of antibiotics, can cause flushing.
  • Certain medical conditions: Conditions such as rosacea, carcinoid syndrome, and menopause can cause flushing.

Symptoms[edit | edit source]

The main symptom of flushing is a warm, red, or pink appearance of the skin. This can occur on the face, neck, and sometimes other areas of the body. Other symptoms can include:

  • A burning or tingling sensation
  • Sweating
  • A rapid heartbeat

Treatment[edit | edit source]

Treatment for flushing depends on the underlying cause. If the flushing is due to a medical condition, treating that condition may help reduce the flushing. Lifestyle changes, such as avoiding triggers like spicy foods and alcohol, can also help. In some cases, medications may be prescribed to help manage the symptoms.

See also[edit | edit source]

Flushing Resources
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