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Question: Facial flushing - several times a week


 Jen32 - Wed Apr 04, 2007 5:30 pm

I am a reasonably healthy 33 year old female. I am overweight, but recently (January) had a basic physical and everything checked out well.

I have been experiencing for the past month or so, facial flushing. It happens several times a week, and usually once daily. In the afternoon, not exercising, my face will begin to feel very hot and somewhat tingly and itchy. It is all over my face and forehead. My skin is warm to the touch, and turns pink. I wouldn't say bright red. This feeling can last for hours, and usually does.

I have no other symptoms, but have researched on the internet, and keep coming up with serious diseases with facial flushing as a symptom. (Carcinoid, mastocytosis, neuroblastoma, etc - with Carcinoid being my first concern) Like I said, I have no other symptoms.

Can someone give me some insight? I have called my dr office, but cannot be seen for this for several weeks... in the meantime, I'm a little nervous.

Thanks!
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Sat Apr 14, 2007 7:33 pm

User avatar Facial flushing has many causes including certain foods, anxiety, some medications and syndromes such as you have listed (mastocytosis and carcinoid, for example).

I would recommend you see your doctor for an evaluation if your symptoms continue. You may need some blood work to help determine the cause.

Best wishes.

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