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Treatment for blushing syndrome, which is characterized by sudden redness of the skin of the face, should be timely. This cosmetic defect brings moral discomfort, often leading to depression.

Provocative factors

The reasons are:

  • excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages;
  • disorders of the gastrointestinal tract;
  • presence of mites under the skin;
  • development of osteoporosis.

Cases of frequent blushing syndrome occur in people with problematic skin, a large amount of acne of an allergic nature, or with an improper diet.

In most cases, blushing syndrome begins to form in children, who, due to their shyness, have difficulty answering in front of the whole class if necessary, or going on stage.

The causes of blushing syndrome are associated with pathological processes, in particular, dysfunction of the autonomic nervous and endocrine systems. Other possible causes are not fully known. Clinical signs are directly related to the sympathetic system of the body, to the coherence of its work.

Symptoms of the syndrome

The main symptom is a sudden redness of the skin of the face, for no apparent reason. Even the smallest fluctuation of emotional background can lead to the appearance of red spots. In many cases, this disease is accompanied by another unpleasant symptom – excessive sweating.

The syndrome develops gradually. At first, a person experiences fear of blushing, and this fear, in turn, worsens over time and develops into a psychological problem. Blushing syndrome, depending on its manifestation, can be general or focal.

Focal syndrome is manifested by sudden appearance of red spots, which are partially localised on the face and neck. With the general form of this disease, the entire face reddens, sometimes along with neck and chest.

Diagnostic methods

Diagnosis of blushing syndrome is aimed at elucidating the nature of the disease, which can be physiological or psychological, and depending on this, the necessary treatment is prescribed. If the disease is a psychological problem, one needs to consult a psychologist who will restore self-confidence in a person, will teach how to control the appearance of red spots on the face, and will help completely get rid of red face syndrome later.

Vegetative disorders require a more detailed diagnosis. The patient needs to undergo some medical tests – blood for sugar, increased concentration of which leads to the sudden appearance of red spots on the face, increased pressure, excessive sweating. If there is a suspicion of mites, bacteriological culture of the skin is carried out.


Blushing syndrome can be cured by conservative methods, in some cases, traditional medicine is used, for example, various decoctions based on soothing herbs. But this applies only to those cases when the appearance of the syndrome is associated with minor changes in the functioning of the nervous system.

The main drugs for the treatment of blushing syndrome are aimed at normalising the functioning of the central nervous system and the autonomic nervous system. In some cases, the patient is prescribed a tranquilliser, which is aimed at reducing the manifestations of emotional outbursts.

Most of these drugs have several side symptoms and can be taken only after consulting a doctor if there is a need for their use. Vitamins are prescribed to all patients with a diagnosis of blushing syndrome.

In the case when neither pills nor the administration of medications had a positive effect, and a person’s face is still blushing, a blushing syndrome surgery is prescribed. Surgery is given only when the development of the syndrome is associated with changes in the autonomic system and can only be corrected by surgery (clamping or removing a nerve).

The treatment of blushing syndrome at the MedClinic Medical Center is successfully carried out using minimally invasive methods.

One of the innovative treatment methods that guarantee a quick and lasting effect is radiofrequency ablation of the sympathetic ganglia. The essence of this procedure is that the sympathetic ganglia are processed by high-frequency electric pulses, which are directed through a special radio-frequency cannula, with the aim of destruction or modulation of these structures. The procedure is carried out:

  • in an outpatient setting;
  • under local anaesthesia;
  • under the control of an electron-optical converter;
  • the duration of the manipulation is 20-30 minutes;
  • fast and lasting effect;
  • can be performed repeatedly (which is needed extremely rarely).

At the end of the procedure, the patient is under medical supervision for an hour and then returns to his normal lifestyle, without any restrictions.

The method of endoscopic sympathectomy is a minimally invasive operation that involves excision of a nerve. During the procedure, the doctor makes small incisions in the armpits, through which a special needle is inserted with a camera at the end and a tool for excising the nerve. The operation requires:

  • hospitalisation;
  • is performed under general anaesthesia;
  • the duration of the operation is 40-60 minutes;
  • fast and lasting effect;
  • the length of stay in the hospital is 2-3 days.