People with severe facial blushing understand the challenges it can pose in day to day life, including embarrassment and anxiety in social situations. Facial blushing is another manifestation of an overactive sympathetic nervous system. Often patients will have elements of facial blushing in association with hyperhidrosis but often it can occur as an isolated problem. People who experienced severe facial blushing often complain of blushing that occurs not only on the face but also the neck and upper chest during stressful situations, such as public speaking or job interviews.
Blushing, sometimes known as 'flushing', is where areas of the body suddenly become red in colour. This is due to an excess amount of blood flowing into the small blood vessels that are located just below the surface of the skin. The skin contains a network of small blood vessels that have tiny muscles inside the walls. Usually, the muscles are partly squeezed contracted. However, if the muscles contract more than normal, the blood vessels close down so that less blood passes through them. If the blood flow is restricted, the skin becomes pale and white. When the muscles are completely relaxed, the blood vessels widen dilate.
This Woman Had Surgery To Stop Blushing – And It Changed Her Life
Stress or embarrassment can cause some people's cheeks to turn pink or reddish, an occurrence known as blushing. Blushing is a natural bodily response that is triggered by the sympathetic nervous system — a complex network of nerves that activate "fight or flight" mode. Those who are easily stressed or have anxiety disorders or social phobias may blush more than others. While it can cause people to feel self-conscious, blushing is not in itself harmful. This natural reaction occurs in the face of a perceived threat, and it can also be triggered by the onset of a powerful emotion such as stress , shame, or embarrassment.
Objective: No study has yet compared the efficacy of endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy for treating facial blushing with other treatment or no treatment. We conducted a prospective, observational, open-label, clinical study to compare endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy for blushing with generalized social anxiety disorder versus sertraline treatment and no treatment. Method: Three-hundred and thirty consecutive patients seeking treatment for their blushing were assessed by psychiatric interview and patient-rated scales.