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Facial flushing

Posted by MI, too! on March 05, 2003 at 09:06:54:

Can you shed some light on a symptom that is painless, intermittent, and difficult to link to a specific incident? It began with me, now it happens to my spouse, too, over two years later. For no apparent reason, my face will suddenly become bright red, flushed, and a bit puffy, especially over the whole area of my cheeks. Sometimes it looks like that when I wake up in the morning. Looks like I am having the mother of all hot flashes, but without any heat sensation. My spouse just looks like he has been sunburned or on the bottle.

Some time back I went on the net to search for information about facial flushing. One reference came up: carcinoid syndrome. It sounded pretty ugly, so I hightailed off to the doctor's office and soon took a 24 hour urine collection test that proved negative. In the meantime, I read somewhere that it could be a symptom of internal problems, but they just hinted at what, because it was in an unsolicited advertisment -- one of many that arrive each week to get us to sign on for this or that physician's newsletter.

If this is a warning of something serious, especially since both of us now experience it, we need to be aware of its cause and what its message to us is. If you can help, thanks!



Re: Facial flushing

Posted by
Cheezi on March 05, 2003 at 09:46:43:

In Reply to: Facial flushing posted by MI, too! on March 05, 2003 at 09:06:54:

MI, too...

Are you taking any supplements with niacin as an ingredient? That will often cause a flush like you describe if it isn't well balanced with the other nutrients in the supplement. Another thought might be food sensitivities or a sensitivity to something you're coming into contact with. The fact that you sometimes wake up with this flush suggests that it might be something like your detergent causing the problem. Feel free to e-mail if you want to toss ideas around.

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Re: Facial flushing

Posted by Nutmeg on March 05, 2003 at 10:49:38:

In Reply to: Facial flushing posted by MI, too! on March 05, 2003 at 09:06:54:

Hi MI,

In addition to allergies/sensitivities to detergents, cosmetics, foods and additives, look into rosacea and leaky gut syndrome (LGS). There is a lot of of information in the archives and glossary on this website.

Nutmeg



Re: Facial flushing (Archive in ecology.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on March 06, 2003 at 08:53:59:

In Reply to: Facial flushing posted by MI, too! on March 05, 2003 at 09:06:54:

Hi, MI.

Lupus and rosacea come to mind.

Listen to Cheezi and Nutmeg.

I think your bodymind is trying to send you a message. You know how they say that people that live together long enough begin to look like each other or how people resemble their dogs? Well there is research that shows that the internal metabolisms of people that live together begin to be similar.

See the archives about holistic practitioners to get on the trail of who might help you.

In the meantime use the home page, glossary and archives to learn about LGS and C-RS.

Let us know what you learn and now you do.

Walt


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Re: Facial flushing...one more thought...

Posted by Nutmeg on March 06, 2003 at 12:38:53:

In Reply to: Re: Facial flushing posted by Nutmeg on March 05, 2003 at 10:49:38:

Since you and your husband both have this flushing in the morning sometimes, you might look into your bedding or something else in your bedroom. All cotton bedding, washed frequently in hot water (unscented detergent from the health food store and no fabric softener) will reduce your exposure to dust mites and other allergens. Some pillows (down/feather and foam) tend to accumulate dust mites and their waste products faster than fiberfill. If you think your pillows might be a problem, put them away for a couple of weeks and try a couple of new, inexpensive, washable polyfill pillows ($10 or less at discount stores) to see if you improve. A while back when I threw out an old foam pillow I'd used for about 10 years, my morning flushing (I have rosacea & have heat as well as redness) was much improved. Allergy/dust-free covers are also available for mattresses and pillows--put them on after a good vacuuming. Be sure to get rid of all the dust bunnies under the bed, too ;-)

Chances are this is not a simple problem with only one cause. Allergies tend to be cumulative, and your flare-ups may be from a combination of things you are doing, like certain foods, laundry detergents, and soaps.

Good luck, and please let us know how it goes.

Nutmeg

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Re: Facial flushing

Posted by Sam on March 08, 2003 at 01:46:28:

In Reply to: Facial flushing posted by MI, too! on March 05, 2003 at 09:06:54:

My teenage daughter has it too, but it goes away if I can keep her off of wheat.

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