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Blushing

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Although many of these conditions could leave you red in the face – blushing is brief, milder, and often seen as a reflection of embarrassment, guilt or nervousness. Other causes include spicy foods, high fever, exercise, certain drugs and the menopause, where women experience the infamous hot flushes. Blushing happens when tiny muscles in the blood vessels relax allowing more blood to pass through, whilst flushing makes the person markedly red on the face and other areas of the skin. The latter can be brought on by lots of reasons similar to blushing, but allergic reactions and dehydration can contribute to this. Rosacea, on the other hand, is a condition that looks like a flush or a blush, and can progress from persistent to intermittent redness with pimples without blackheads and red lines where the blood vessels of the face become prominent. Aggravated by certain foods and environments, rosacea responds to treatment but is incurable.

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Hello, Can anyone provide me with the name and contact info for people that have had successful experiences with ETS for facial blushing? Mine developed when I was about 8 yrs old, and I had such extreme anxiety from this tat I never raised my hand and failed all oral presentations. I want to hear from people who have had ETS success stories, who their Dr was, etc. Thanks! I have 2 children and want to be ready to stop this horrible condition in it's tracks if I start to notice anything.





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I have suffered severe blushing since secondary school and it has affected my life more and more the older I get. I was afraid to get on trains to work and ended up getting cabs to avoid the embarrassment of constantly feeling people staring at me making me go even more red and sweat. I went to counselling and it helped me get over the confidence of getting a train etc however it has recently returned and it's affecting my work because I am afraid to go onto courses because of strangers seeing my face and have to be interactive etc. I wish there was a cure for this because it would improve my life immensely. I would be more comfortable approaching ladies on a night out, develop in my role at work and generally not hold back from doing things because my first thought is about going red. It's good to hear I am not the only one who gets this.





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I'm 41 and my blushing started overnight in my early 20s. It affected my confidence, my social life, my work, my happiness.I have tried virtually everything and even had a sympathectomy as a last resort but this did not work. My conclusion? Having rosacea sucks...I wish I had clear pale skin not red skin that looks like I have sunburn but over the years I simply accepted the cards dealt. I still blush when out with friends but because I don't freak out it subsides very quickly. Try cetaphil cleanser and jojoba oil - pat never rub your face. If your eyes are red and sore try celluvisc 1 percent eye drops from a chemist. Take your time and find a good quality cover foundation and be careful with eye make up it can aggravate your eyes in the future. In the end it's about learning to live with it.





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I am 24 and I have been suffering from blushing since I was around the age of 15. The older I get the worse it gets. I have just qualified as a nurse and I am worried about starting my job because every time I speak to someone I don't no I go purple. I try to avoid people and situations as I am afraid of blushing and getting embarrassed. I want to go to makeup lessons with my friend but I won't book it as I am afraid of looking stupid. It is stopping me from doing so many things, even visiting family I don't often see. This past year it has really affected my life and it gets me so down. Not to sound bad but I am so relieved this is a common problem for people and its not just me.





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So I'm 33. I am confident in my abilities in work and confident in my social life. Any change in emotion makes me red and blotchy. I get it all down my chest and try to self talk, breathe and wriggles my toes to remove excess energy. I was in a meeting today, like every other day found myself heating up in my face and suddenly nerves came over me. The nerves are totally not anything to do with what I was saying but simply as I could feel the redness with the feeling my head would burst. It's so frustrating as I look like I lack confidence. I spoke to a psychologist and said its self talk (negative self talk) - I am paying attention to the possibility but don't think that's the issue. What can I do? Is there a tablet?





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Whenever I exercise I go bright red in the face, my arms also then go red and my chest does. It's even gone so far as I've turned somewhat purple. I don't hold my breath and I breath like most people who exercise, I am not overweight and I do not smoke. Any idea what's wrong?





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Ive been the same since i was in early high school. I'm now in my mid thirties. Besides my red face, I am a normal, intelligent, funny nice guy, but the early years of teasing, avoiding social situations and becoming so depressed about it has taken its toll. I've been single for so long, I wouldn't even dare approach a woman. This has sapped my self confidence to the point where i can never reach my full potential, as I don't want to be seen in public. It sucks. The only time i have not been red in the face is when I tried to donate blood once- i went quite pale (and nauseus) Maybe we just have too much blood in our systems, and we need to drain a little out? Who knows...! good luck :)





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I am 31 and have dealt with this my whole life.. reading your stories is like looking into a mirror.. I have olive skin and dark features but my redness is so horrible and it actually makes me hot, you can feel the heat from it.. how do you even explain this to a doctor. I find that when i start going red I have trouble getting words out and make the situation so much worse and when the redness happens it lasts the whole day even after I've composed myself.. I find sticking my head in the freezer sometimes helps to cool me down but the redness doesn't change.. the only thing i have found is that when I'm overweight it's so much worse but this may just also be to do with confidence. Wish there was something easy to help us all.





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I feel helpless and ridiculous. I am 30 and have struggled with this for over 10 years. I would say it is now a phobia that is never far from my mind. It stopped me going away to uni as I had a job I deemed 'safe' where I was pretty certain I would not bump into anyone I knew. It makes me hide my true personality and dread things. I can't take the step to allow myself to blush and not hide, it is too red and too humiliating. I am humiliated by myself because of this which has led me to also shake very easily in social situations, avoid people and hope I never bump into anyone I know. I am ridiculous, I know! Would give all the money I have for a cure. Tried hypnotherapy, doesn't work and very expensive. I need me some Derren Brown-level intervention! I have a great job as a journalist but am terrified of being put on the spot so I don't see how I can realise my true potential. It is so bad I wouldn't want to tell my gp as I will go so red and it sounds so stupid. I feel like a pathetic failure after every incident. Plus I work full time so how can I do counselling/therapy? I feel at a dead end and that I have to accept that this is my life now. Surgery sounds extreme; there must be someone who can help me?





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I'm 22 and have been the same ever since i can remember. Whenever attention comes my way, whether positive or negative, I feel myself go red and hot from top to toe and it's so embarrassing. I can't then engage in the sistuation properly I'm just thinking about when I can leave and compose myself and the more people pay attention or someone points it out the worse it gets. Then I sit thinking about it the rest of the day feeling stupid and like people will be laughing at me because of it. It seriously affects my confidence and it makes me want to cry just cause I feel so humilaited. Sounds stupid right? It just happened at work and it's almost like I can feel people noticing it making me look stupid. No one else I know has this problem to this extent and it does really get me down wwhen it happens. I'm probably snowballing it in my head but you can't help doing that. I've tried distractions and all that rubbish. Nothing works other than just leaving the room and having 10 mins to myself but then i think it will make it obvious that i'm embarrassed which will make me MORE embarrassed hence it getting worse. WHAT THE HELL?! Hope you find something that works for you!

I'm 30 years old and I have been blushing since I was a teenager, i don't make a big deal of it though. It is annoying because I'm a nurse and often my arms flush red also. People often ask did I get sunburnt and it could be December I just say I have sensitive skin. One nurse kept commenting on it though and I told him he shouldn't make remarks about the colour of my skin as I don't make remarks and his skin colour and that put an end to it. It doesn't affect my work and I wouldn't let it.





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I'm a nurse also and this has only just started happening. I feel so frustrated and I swear people notice it about me. I worked hard to be were I am and if I don't figure out how to stop it I fear it will effect my job. it's comforting to know that I am not alone and you appear to face it up front.


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Blushing is when your face, ears, neck and, occasionally, your upper chest, become red in colour. The redness is sometimes accompanied by a hot feeling in the area. Blushing is sometimes referred to as 'flushing' by health professionals. Read More »

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