What Are Some Treatments for Facial Blushing?

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What Are Some Treatments for Facial Blushing?
Facial blushing is also known as erythrophobia. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Rene Ehrhardt)

For some people, just the thought of being in a large crowd of people or speaking in front of a live audience causes them to blush. For others, simply speaking to another person face to face can make them flush with fever. Facial blushing is a symptom of some social phobias, which can in some cases be successfully treated.

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Definition

According to hyperhidrosis.org, facial blushing is also known as erythrophobia. It can be caused by stressful situations and often comes on suddenly. The condition causes a reddening of the face, ears, neck and forehead, and can also involve the upper part of the chest. Facial blushing can cause the skin to feel hot and tingly when the reddening occurs.

Anti-Anxiety Medications

Beta blockers and SSRIs (serotonin reuptake inhibitors) are prescription medications commonly used to treat facial blushing. According to facialblushingtreatments.com, beta blockers can suppress the part of the nervous system that is causing the facial blushing, and SSRIs medications can reduce the anxiety that can sometimes be caused by social situations.

Eredicane

Eredicane is a supplemental medication that is available without a prescription. Eredicane is manufactured by Premier Bioceuticals and is formulated to help reduce facial blushing in people over the age of 18. The manufacturers of Eredicane suggest speaking with a physician before beginning an Eredicane regimen, which involves taking one tablet each day.

Hypnosis

Hypnosis can sometimes help address the underlying symptoms that cause facial blushing. Another name for this type of hypnosis is "Neuro Linguistic Programming," which has been developed to suppress the triggers that cause anxiety-related reactions. Cureblushing.com explains that hypnosis can be quite effective alone or in combination with other facial blushing treatments.

Surgery

When all else fails, some people turn to surgery to resolve their facial blushing issues. The surgical procedure that treats facial blushing is referred to as a "sympathectomy." The University of Maryland Medical Center reports that a sympathectomy involves cutting the sympathetic nerve chain, which is responsible for facial blushing and excessive sweating. However, the surgery is not without its complications. Some patients may develop a condition known as Horner's Syndrome, which is a drooping of the eyelids. Minor plastic surgery is usually performed to correct the drooping eyelid complication.

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