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Forum Name: Dermatology Topics
Question: Extremely red face/chest/upper arms!
|melon00000 - Sun Sep 06, 2009 6:14 am||
First of I just wanna say as a new member I'm really grateful for this service :-) My problem is a reoccurring one which I have roughly once a month, very often within 5/6 days of having my period. It starts off with very hot red patches which appear randomly on my face which look very odd! It then goes on to cover my whole face and neck and sometimes moves on to the tops of my shoulders and is often on my hands. It isn't itchy, or painful but extremely uncomfortable as it feels like my skin is on fire. I do not think it is an allergic reaction as the skin isn't raised. It also makes me feel very self conscious and many people have commented on it. This sort of reaction lasts around 1 to 2 hours and is often accompanied by a rapid heart beat, although I am not sure if this is related. It often happens after I have drank some alcohol (but not always), but I do not believe that alcohol can be the sole cause as I regularly drink alcohol and this sort of reaction is rare and at specific times of the month. (I am a 20 year old female by the way) Any advice would be greatly appreciated, thanks very much :-)
|Dr.M.jagesh kamath - Sun Sep 06, 2009 9:23 pm||
Hello,While I am convinced that you are having a photodermatitis,since you complain of palpitations it is best to study your urine catecholamines,and an abdominal ultrasound just to rule out any adrenal related problems.Adrenaline causes vasodialatation and excessive beats.
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