Blushing; Flushing; Red face
Skin blushing or flushing is a sudden reddening of the face, neck, or upper chest due to increased blood flow.
Blushing is a normal body response that may occur when you are embarrassed, angry, excited, or experiencing another strong emotion.
Flushing of the face may be associated with certain medical conditions, such as:
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, or bright sunlight.
Call your health care provider if you have persistent flushing, particularly if you have other symptoms (such as diarrhea).
The provider will perform a physical exam and may ask about your medical history and symptoms, including:
Treatment depends on the cause of your blushing or flushing. Your provider may recommend that you avoid things that trigger the condition.
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Review Date: 6/7/2023
Reviewed By: Elika Hoss, MD, Assistant Professor of Dermatology, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ. Also reviewed by David C. Dugdale, MD, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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