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Red flushing/rash, hot to the touch, painful like sunburn...what is it?

I get this rash or flushing on certain areas of my body, including the palms of my hands, my cheeks, ears, nose, upper eyelids (which really hurts), and sometimes a patch on both arms, just above the elbows.  The skin becomes very red, hot to the touch, and hurts like a sunburn or scalding, sometimes the pain is severe. This happens both spontaneously, and with heat triggers such as washing my hands in warm water or being near a heat source like a stove.  The rash can last minutes, or much longer, about up to 2 hours.  When my hands are affected, it is difficult to perform tasks due to the pain.  Does anyone know what this is and how to treat or prevent it?
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Localized heat urticaria is one of the rarest of the physical urticarias, characterized by well-defined urticarial lesions sharply confined to sites of heat exposure.
Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Volume 41, Issue 2, Supplement, August 1999, Pages 354-356

Rare it is but you must get invetigated to rule out connective tissue disorders like lupus since the rash in your case occurs elsewhere too.
Do consult your doc.
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