Chronic blushing is nothing to be embarrassed about > Hands up anyone who has not flushed with embarrassment at some time. Thought so! The fact is we have all felt like a fool at some time and coloured up as a result, but if going red is stressing you out, you could be suffering from chronic blushing.
Simply flushing pink with embarrassment could be considered a normal and attractive trait as it shows we are human and have feelings; after all, it is said blushing is the colour of virtue…
It is only when it becomes psychologically distressing that remedial action needs to be taken. In extreme cases sufferers find it difficult to function in society, choosing to avoid situations where their blushing could be activated. Socialising and even going out become no go areas.
The starting point in fixing the problem is identifying the cause. This can be inconclusive as blushing is an involuntary reaction which could be generated by phobias such as social anxiety or medical conditions like the menopause and rosacea. Another explanation could be that you are in love, in which case stop reading now!
As with any anxiety disorder, blushers may also experience heart palpitations, shortness of breath, nausea, dizziness or tightness in the chest. But even if the cause can be identified, blushing can be difficult to manage as your nervous system has been triggered, resulting in the blood vessels in your face widening.
In the absence of a cause some medics resort to nerve surgery, involving an Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy (ETS). This is as bad as it sounds plus has potential side effects, including excess sweating.
In most cases such surgery is a sledgehammer to crack a nut as involuntary blushing (erythrophobia) really is no big deal and can easily be cured using numerous talking therapies. Ask your doctor for advice on kinesiology, acupuncture, Emotional Freedom Technique (E F T) and of course Tonic’s style of hypnotherapy. Whatever complementary therapy you choose, be reassured your embarrassment can be cured so there is no need to hide away.