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Dr Dawn:

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.

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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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Like you Ryan this diagnosis (idiopathic craniofacial erethema) has ruled/ruined my life to date. I am 31 and throughout my life I have quit hobbies and turned down potential opportunities that could have improved my future, due to this curse. I sought help and eventually went under the knife and had ETS surgery (endoscopic transthoracic sympathectomy). I can say without hesitation that I regret taking this option, as I now feel I didn't exhaust all other avenues of medication before surgery. I still have the same symptoms that fall under cranial facial erethema but not to the same extreme as before. So to a degree it did help in some situations. As far as I am aware no "cure" is out there. If you want to talk further regarding ETS and my experience, don't hesitate to contact me. Will. Also I would like to make contact with other sufferers of I.C.E as I am the only person I know with this problem, and it may help to talk with others.





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Hey I am 30 year old woman I suffer from anxiety when im anxious I blush its really embrassing I hate going out because of it please help me. Thank you





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Hi i am a male and forty five years old.I have suffered with facial flushing since i was five years old.This condition has made my life a complete nightmare by seriously blighting my life.I have been to the doctors so many times to explain how this condition is controlling my life and unfortunately he just don't no what to do for me.I have tried hypnotherapy,cbt, had the operation two times,endoscopic thoracic sympathectomise which unfortunately did not work.I have tried beta blockers to no effect..At the moment i am on clonidine two times a day and that is not doing anything for me.I find if i go any where it is hot my face cheeks nose become very red.Also same if i get stressed in any way i start becoming very hot and going very red.This condition like i said has ruined my life making me very lonely because i cant even get into relationship because of this condition.The funny thing about it i feel i am not a shy person it is the facial flushing if anything that makes me want to hide away.Just wondering if there is anything else i could do,or if there is anything on the horizon to help with this condion.Thank you Wayne





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hi, i am a 30 year old male, and im pretty sure i have, idiopathic craniofacial erythema. i have had it since i was 12 years old. my doctor has said that it is down to anxiety, which i know its not. this condition has ruled my life and i need to know if there is a actual cure for this? cause it seems to be a curse! thanks, ryan.





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