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Posted by: Shaneil | 2007/06/21

BLOTCHY RED FACE

PLEASE HELP, MY FACE SOMETIMES GOES RED AND BLOTCHY AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT CAUSES IT? IT NORMALLY HAPPENS WHEN I HAVE INTERCOURSE WITH MY BOYFRIEND BUT ALSO HAPPENS DURING THE DAY WHEN IM NOT DOING ANYTHING?
WHAT CAUSES THIS?

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Dear Shaneil
Blushing is a normal body response that may occur when you are embarrassed, angry, excited, or experiencing some other strong emotion. It is caused by the small veins expanding due to a hormonal or nerve reaction.
It can also be caused by
Alcohol use, Carcinoid syndrome, Certain medicines used to treat diabetes and high cholesterol,Extreme emotions
High fever ,hot or spicy foods, Menopause, Rapid changes in temperature, Rosacea ( a skin condition)
Management:
Avoid hot drinks, spicy foods and alcoholic beverages.
Try not to become overheated. Try to exercise where it's cool and avoid hot baths and showers.
Be sure to protect your skin from extreme cold, which can irritate the skin and cause rosacea to flare up.
Protect your skin from the sun by using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor of 15 or more, and wear protective clothing such as long-sleeve tops, long pants and a wide- brimmed hat.
Stay away from cosmetic soaps, moisturizers and other facial products that may contain ingredients, such as alcohol and fragrances, which can irritate the skin.

You need to see a doctor if it is getting worse, or you have other symptoms like diarrhoea with it.


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