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Alternative Names Return to topBlushing; Flushing; Red face
Definition Return to top
Skin blushing or flushing is a sudden reddening of the face, neck, or upper chest.
Considerations Return to top
Blushing is a normal body response that may occur when you are embarrassed, angry, excited, or experiencing some other strong emotion.
Flushing of the face may also be associated with certain medical conditions.
Causes Return to top
Common causes include:
Other causes include:
Home Care Return to top
Try to avoid the things that cause your blushing. For example, you may need to avoid hot drinks, spicy foods, extreme temperatures, and bright sunlight.
When to Contact a Medical Professional Return to top
Call your doctor if you have persistent flushing, particularly if you have other symptoms (such as diarrhea).
What to Expect at Your Office Visit Return to top
Your doctor will perform a physical exam and may ask you questions about your medical history and symptoms, including: