Does anyone's face get beet red?
Posted 11 April 2011 - 05:58 PM
Posted 12 April 2011 - 06:54 AM
I to get an extremely red face after things like showering and it goes down onto my decolletage (don't know if thats spelt right) ha ha but I get it after showering and I have also noticed that when I'm feeling really unwell this is one of the signs I get for a few days beforehand, a bit like a warning sign that I am going to have a bad flare up, and I can also get it when I over do it too much.
Sorry I don't have any tips on how to deal with it though as I haven't come across anything yet that actually helps to calm it down but if I do you will be the first to know.
Take care hugs and loves
Posted 12 April 2011 - 07:57 AM
Hmm, I've noticed my face flushing if I've become nervous about anything or stressed; but it doesn't usually last very long. I haven't noticed it in the shower or if I'm tired, unless I've had the shower too hot which I tend to do sometimes (I hate it if the water's cold and I don't do "invigorating"!! )
I've included these links to Telangiectasia and also Rosacea. I don't think that is exactly the problem you mean but nevertheless I hope the information will be useful to you. I have found that sometimes the fact that I've got Sclero can muddy the water a bit and it's easy to blame every weird and wonderful symptom on the disease, when in fact it may have nothing to do with it.
Sorry not to able to give you more advice; however, I expect some of our other members will be along soon and might be able to shed more light on your problem than I can.
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Posted 12 April 2011 - 10:33 AM
Facial flushing is, thankfully, not a symptom of any form of scleroderma. It actually indicates improved circulation (for whatever reason).
Now, if you've always experienced this, and your doctor(s) know about it, it just is what it is, and is not anything to worry about.
However, if it is a new thing, then it is important to see your doctor about it.
It could very likely be a side effect of a medication you might be taking to control Raynaud's. It might be an indicator of menopause or other illness. The key is whether or not this is of new onset. If you've always been that way, then of course, you likely always will be! I was a "frequent flusher" probably until my mid 20's and became one again during menopause. When I was younger, it was just the way I was (so easily red-faced embarrassed, which was more embarrassing than what caused me to be embarrassed!). During menopause it came along with the hot flashes.
We have to be very careful in the forums with things that are actually not symptoms of scleroderma, because people casually surfing the web can for "red face" or "beat red face" can easily come up with this thread and then totally freak with the idea that they have scleroderma. Thus we try to clean up the headlines (I changed your subtitle) and be emphatic in the thread that it is not a symptom, to try to prevent people becoming unnecessarily panicked. (It's nothing you did "wrong" in any way, by asking about this, just something we try to attend to for these reasons.)
Remember, of course, that I'm not a doctor nor even a certified first aid responder, and that I may be wrong -- I often am!
Another thought -- do you think it could be all the WARM hugs on this forum that are causing the blushing?
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Posted 12 April 2011 - 04:46 PM
My husband thinks it's cute and he calls me his little ST.Pauli girl ( like on the German beer)
Posted 13 April 2011 - 07:38 AM
Shelley - Thanks for your reply as well. When I had my consultation with two junior and senior lupus specialists, I was told they follow several patients with unspecified connective tissue diseases that experience flushing like they saw in my face. So when my blood work came back showing positive antibodies for only limited scleroderma and autoimmune hypothyroidism and none of the others (lupus, RA, sjogren's), I assumed the flushing was connected, particularly since I noticed it worsening at the time of other symptoms appearing (raynauds & tangliectasia & gastroparesis). From what I read, only overactive thyroids cause flushing, not underactive - which I have.
The confidence you have in your reply concerns me that maybe there's something else that we need to diagnose. I will definitely bring it up at my next appointment in 3 months. Thank you.