Skin blushing or flushing is a sudden reddening of the face, neck, or upper chest.
Blushing is a normal body response that may occur when you are embarrassed, angry, excited, or experiencing some other strong emotion.
Flushing of the face may also be associated with certain medical conditions.
Common causes include:
Other causes include:
Try to avoid the things that cause your blushing. For example, you may need to avoid hot drinks, spicy foods, extreme temperatures, and bright sunlight.
Call your doctor if you have persistent flushing, particularly if you have other symptoms (such as diarrhea).
Your doctor will perform a physical exam and may ask you questions about your medical history and symptoms, including:
Blushing; Flushing; Red face
Updated by: Kevin Berman, MD, PhD, Atlanta Center for Dermatologic Disease, Atlanta, GA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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