What is a red face?

A red face is a condition in which you have redness, blushing or flushing of the face. It can be temporary and last just a few moments, or it can be present for days, weeks or months at a time.

A red face can be caused by a variety of underlying diseases, disorders and conditions. They include skin infections; skin conditions, such as rosacea, acne and eczema; and allergic and inflammatory conditions, such as sunburn, vasculitis, and allergies to foods, insect bites, and face creams. A red face can also be caused by fever, as well as emotional, environmental or dietary factors such as anger, heat, wind, coughing, or eating spicy foods. In other cases, skin conditions causing a red face can be inherited or develop due to genetic factors or aging. Some causes of an ongoing red face are preventable and others are not. Facial redness can be prevented in some cases with proper skin care and skin protection, including such practices as consistently using nonirritating or hypoallergenic facial cleansers and sunscreen.

It is important when you have a red face to pay close attention to all of your symptoms. Relay them to your licensed medical professional to help him or her pinpoint and treat its underlying cause.

In some cases, a red face can be a symptom of a serious and even life-threatening condition, such as hypertension or alcoholism. Seek prompt medical care if you have unexplained, persistent or recurring facial redness. Early diagnosis and treatment of the underlying cause can reduce the risk of serious complications, such as loss of skin, disfigurement, or spread of infection.

A red face may also occur with an anaphylactic reaction, which is an immediately life-threatening type of allergic reaction that develops suddenly after exposure to an allergen. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, your child, or someone you are with, have symptoms of an anaphylactic reaction. Anaphylactic reaction symptoms include swollen tongue or face (and swelling in general), hives, itching, confusion, shortness of breath, and rapid breathing (more than about 18 breaths per minute for an adult).


What other symptoms might occur with a red face?

A red face can occur with other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Symptoms that may occur with a red face include:


What causes a red face?

A red face caused by strong emotions, such as anger, anxiety or embarrassment, is called blushing. Some people tend to blush more easily than others.

A red face can also be caused by a variety of diseases, disorders and conditions that include skin conditions, allergies, inflammation, infections, and dietary... Read more about red facecauses

Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 8, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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