Facial Flushing

What Causes Facial Blushing Or Flushing?

Facial blushing or flushing can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'life-threatening'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose facial blushing or flushing, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "facial blushing or flushing" as a symptom.  Here are four possibilities:
  • Caffeine Intoxication
  • Rosacea
  • Electrical Hypersensitivity
  • Carcinoid Cancer

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
itchy skin
negative reaction to coffee
mild abdominal discomfort
dark facial coloring
being very easily irritated
moderate chocolate craving
moderate afternoon/evening fatigue
having trouble concentrating
occasional racing thoughts
visible veins on face
... and more than 30 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of facial blushing or flushing:
Cause Probability Status
Caffeine Intoxication 94% Confirm
Rosacea 12% Unlikely
Carcinoid Cancer 3% Ruled out
Electrical Hypersensitivity 1% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Skin-Related Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about facial flushing:
Do you experience facial blushing, flushing or redness more frequently or intensely than would be considered normal? Do not count blushing during embarrassing situations.
Possible responses:
→ Don't know / I think I'm average
→ No, definitely not
→ Mild / occasionally
→ Moderate / sometimes
→ Major / often
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either not being prone to facial flushing or facial flushing, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:

Rosacea is often accompanied by a red face due to flushing.  Sometimes the affected skin is swollen and hot.

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