Idiopathic Craniofacial Erythema

Idiopathic craniofacial erythema is a medical condition characterised by severe, uncontrollable, and frequently unprovoked, facial blushing.

Blushing can occur at any time and is frequently triggered by even mundane events, such as, talking to friends, paying for goods in a shop or asking for directions. The redness can take several minutes to dissipate leaving the sufferer feeling exposed and embarrassed.

Sufferers will often seek careers which do not ordinarily bring them into contact with others, especially the general public, and may have problems with relationships.

A link is frequently described between idiopathic craniofacial erythema and social anxiety disorder.

Other symptoms include excessive sweating on the palms, feet and under-arm areas.

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