The rapid reddening of the face, neck, and upper chest known as blushing (or flushing) is a common physical response to anxiety, stress, embarrassment, anger, or other extreme emotional states. Often accompanied by feelings of warmth, skin blotchiness, or solid patches of redness, blushing is more of a social worry than a medical concern. However, there are cases where blushing is linked to an underlying medical condition such as Cushing syndrome or a niacin (vitamin B3) overdose. Cushing syndrome occurs when the body is exposed to high levels of the hormone cortisol for a long time, while niacin is often taken to boost blood levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL, the “good” cholesterol). Recurring blushing should prompt a medical checkup.
With a range of treatments to suit your needs, we are able to care for all medical skin conditions, skin allergies and help you achieve the look you’ve always wanted. We will manage your care from your first consultation to your follow up appointment. For more information, call ELMHURST DERMATOLOGY at 630-832-2111.Our office is conveniently located at 103 N. Haven Suite 7. We strive to provide the highest care to our patients.
Todd T. Davis, MD
P.S. Rosacea is another skin condition that produces facial flushing.
Anyone who comes in close contact with aquariums at home or work should be aware of a common infection caused by bacteria in non-chlorinated water. “Mycobacterium marinum” infection occurs when bacteria in the aquarium water enters an open skin wound on the arm or hand. Diagnosis of the infection is complicated by the fact that it takes two to four weeks of incubation before skin lesions appear. By that time, most patients forget what the source of exposure was. Thus, while antibiotic treatment is effective in treating the infection, it often gets delayed unless patients are questioned by a doctor who has sufficient knowledge about mycobacterium marinum and its prolonged incubation period to ask the right questions.
Dermatology is the only medical specialty dedicated solely to the care of your skin. Our goal here is to make sure that all clients are well educated about their condition and treatment options as well as comfortable with the procedures chosen and services rendered. For more information, call ELMHURST DERMATOLOGY at 630-832-2111. Our office is conveniently located at 103 N. Haven Suite 7. We are accepting new patients and most insurance plans are accepted. We strive to provide the highest care to our patients
Todd T. Davis, MD
P.S. Mycobacterium marinum is not life-threatening, but it remains an unrecognized cause of skin infection.