We’ve been inundated here on the Embarrassing Bodies website with questions about blushing, which just goes to show how incredibly common the problem is and particularly amongst teens and twenty year olds.
Well, let’s start with the good news and that is for most of you, you will just grow out of it in your late twenties and thirties, but that doesn’t help you today. So how do we manage the problem today?
Well, one of the big issues is that the more you worry about blushing the worse it becomes and it’s very easy to get into a vicious cycle and that’s a common theme is some of the questions we are seeing. So we need to try and deal with anxiety, one of my favourite treatments is to use something called cognitive behavioural therapy. That’s one of the talking treatments. It’s a bit mind over matter if you like, trying to teach you to control the physical symptoms of your worry. There are some medicines available on prescription that might help with your blushing so worth having a chat with your GP.
And I have a question here about surgery as a treatment for blushing. There is actually an operation available, it’s called an endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy and surgeons use key hole surgery to cut the nerves that cause us to blush. It has variable success, but some people do find they sweat excessively on other parts of their body after the operation and unfortunately, it is completely irreversible so this isn’t an option to take lightly and I think it’s important we explore all other options first.
And a lot of you are asking what you can do to help yourselves. Well, some people do find that spicy food and alcohol make blushing worse, so worth cutting those out. And, I guess it’s easy for me to say, but try not to worry too much. Anxiety always makes blushing worse.
And I have a question here from a girl who’s 20 and has been suffering with blushing for three years and wants to know if it’s worth giving hypnotherapy a go. I’m actually a fan of hypnotherapy, it’s very useful often for dealing with underlying anxieties and it may well help with your blushing, so give it a go and let us know how you get on.
We’ve had lots of comments on the Embarrassing Bodies website about how blushing is knocking your self confidence. The sheer number should tell you that you are not on your own, and believe me however bad you think it is its less noticeable to other people. And if you are worried about rashes and skin conditions, why not try the Embarrassing Bodies Rashes and Skin Problems My VideoDoctor.
Doctor Responses: Blushing
Incessant blushing can really cause your confidence to drop but rest assured that it’s a remarkably common problem, particularly amongst younger people.
In this quick video Dr Dawn outlines what can be done. Most of the questions Dawn answers in the video were taken from our blushing condition guide.
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