FLUSHING

By Gary M. White, MD


Flushing of the chest


Flushing with Alcohol

Carcinoid Syndrome

Drugs: Many drugs may induce flushing including nicotinic acid, tamoxifen, bromocriptine and CSA. ASA blocks the nicotinic acid flush.

Emotional flushing

Mastocytosis Flushing in mastocytosis is mediated in part by histamine release. Look for hypotension, lacrimation, headache, stuffy nose, paresthesias, tachycardia, chest pain, and splenomegaly.

Medullary Carcinoma Of The Thyroid: MCT has been reported to cause a protracted flush of the face and upper extremities accompanied by discoloration and telangiectasias. Usually a mass is palpable on the neck and frequently metastases are evident before flushing develops.

Monosodium Glutamate: Monosodium glutamate ingestion may cause flushing--the so called Chinese restaurant syndrome.

Pheochromocytoma

Rosacea Flushing in rosacea is felt to occur by thermal induced flushing (see below).

Scromboid Fish Poisoning JAAD 2011;65;246.

Thermal Induced Flushing: Hot liquids such as coffee may induce flushing by heating the internal jugular vein, which by counter current, would heat the blood in the carotid artery, thus heating the anterior hypothalamus (the body's thermostat) leading to heat dissipating mechanisms including flushing.

RegionalDerm

Homepage | FAQs | Use of Images | Contact Dr. White


It is not the intention of RegionalDerm.com to provide specific medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. RegionalDerm.com only intends to provide users with information regarding various medical conditions for educational purposes and will not provide specific medical advice. Information on RegionalDerm.com is not intended as a substitute for seeking medical treatment and you should always seek the advice of a qualified healthcare provider for diagnosis and for answers to your individual questions. Information contained on RegionalDerm.com should never cause you to disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking treatment. If you live in the United States and believe you are having a medical emergency call 911 immediately.