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:

  • Acne (includes pimples, blemishes and bumps)

  • Bulbous quality of the nose

  • Dry or flaking skin

  • Flu-like symptoms (fatigue, fever, sore throat, headache, cough, aches and pains)

  • Hot flashes

  • Rash

  • Spider-like blood vessels in the face

  • Sweating and hot skin

  • Symptoms of a mild to moderate allergic reaction, including itchy skin; itchy, watery eyes; mild hives or swelling of a small or contained area of skin; sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion, or postnasal drip; and sinus pressure or pain

Symptoms of alcohol use, abuse or alcoholism, such as excessive drinking, cravings for alcohol, and inability to control drinking

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, a red face may occur with other symptoms and certain combinations of symptoms that might indicate a serious or life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have a red face with any of these symptoms:

  • Bluish discoloration of the lips, nails, and possibly the skin (cyanosis)

  • Change in level of consciousness or mental status, such as fainting, confusion, lethargy, or decreased alertness

  • Chest pain or chest tightness

  • Difficulty breathing, wheezing, or shortness of breath

  • Hives on the face or neck or large areas of hives

  • Rapid pulse or palpitations

  • Swelling of the eyes, mouth, lips or throat

  • Throat tightness


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.

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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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