This kinda scares me though... because I really had faith in it going away in it's own time... as long as I stayed of the medications.
I mean I do think when you get upset or emotional about it... it can make it worse... but still... I always got stressed about my break outs... and how I looked in front of people... but never flushed because of anxiety then...?????
I donno... I just think when you are thinking about it constantly... that you just notice it happening more often.
Also not only does my face and ears flush... but sometimes my hands ans feet do too... if this flushing was caused by anxiety... it would happen it the face... like blushing... not your feet and hands??????
Well I know for a fact that when I am upset or angry or stressed now I flush and I never used to...and I know when I go somewhere and think about flushing I usually end up flushing partly because I am so worried or stressed about flushing to begin with. I think the psychological factor plays a role and its size varies on the person and their anxiety levels. And you can be very stressed when you sleep...why do you think people have nightmares and vivd dreams, because of their stress levels and emotions within their sub-conscious thoughts. Not to say that is the definite cause for why you are flushing while you sleep but it is a real possibility. We cannot control what we dream or think about while we are sleeping, nor can we control our anxiety while we sleep.
I think an anxiety medication could help a lot if you are flushing when you are upset/anxious/nervous/stressed out or constantly worrying about your flushing etc.
Regarding the feet and hands they can also become flush due to anxiety. I had a ex girlfriend who used to get a "stress" rash, which was a pink/red rash of little bumps on her cheeks and also up and down her arms when she was really stressed or upset, so it is possible to affect various body parts.
My flushing seems to be more temperature based but I also find myself constantly worrying about it and I think (like you mentioned) that it is just causing it to happen more or make the problem worse.
Everytime you flush, just take notice of the variables around you, warmer temp, exercise, foods, certian feelings, emotions etc. and then try and draw some conclusions on what your catalysts are.
I will let you all know if I end up trying the Paxil and if it makes any difference.
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