I saw a dermatologist re red and hot face, neck, ears and upper chest. He ruled out rosacea and seemed to think this was just sun damage. Would sun damage alone cause long term uniform redness and burning or is this something else? My internet searches seem to talk about red visible arteries and do not mention burning as a symptom of sun damage. I suspect something is aggravating the underlying sun damaged skin. This problem is daily but does vary in intensity.
Is the redness permanent or does this only appear given certain triggers?
What aggravates the redness?
Any history of previous allergies?
Photosensitivity or a hypersensitive reaction to direct sunlight may present with flushing ,redness and even rash when exposed to the sun.This may cause prolonged redness in the exposed areas if the exposure has been continuous and prolonged.
With regards to your condition,does this present wih red visible arteries and a burning sensation?
I've had occassional flushing for years with no trigger I have noticed. This time the flushing and burning has persisted and feels and looks similar to sunburn. No visible arteries and the dermatologist ruled out rosacea. Due to intestinal problems of longstanding and high blood pressure my doctor is testing me for carcinoid syndrome and pheocytocroma. I suspect and hope that ultimately the problem will turn out to be long term sun damage aggravated by stress. My wife has been battling lung cancer. I also stopped Ambien as one of the rare side effects listed is flushing. Perhaps I am becoming a hypochondriac but I feel better having these tests to rule out something serious.
I understand your concern.I believe you are being properly assessed.Your physician is being as thorough as possible here and I feel that with your significant medical history all other areas have to be considered.
There are some forms of photosensitivity that may last for days to weeks but in most cases there has to be a resolution. Just take this one step at a time.Avoid any possible and known triggers.Wear thicker clothes and have your face and the back of the neck well covered when out in the sun. Observe if any of these prevents the flushing.
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