Why is My Face Red and Hot?

Why is My Face Red and Hot?

The question, “why is my face red and hot”, is frequently asked of our doctors. There are several different reasons that you might feel like your face is hot and it looks red. If you have ever asked why my face is red and hot, you might be experiencing one of these things:

  • Heat
    • If a person becomes hot, usually during exercise, their face can get red and hot. The body does this to try and cool down
  • Blushing
    • When a person feels anxious or angry the body can release a chemical that causes the face to become red and hot.
  • Hot flashes
    • When a woman goes through menopause, the changes in hormones might cause her to feel hot. Like when a patient becomes over-heated their face will flush. The body does this to cool off.
  • Reaction to drinking alcohol
    • In some patients, their body doesn’t break down a byproduct of alcohol. This byproduct causes the face to get hot and red when patients drink.

Usually, red, hot cheeks go away after a while, and they are harmless. It is important to speak with a doctor if you have other symptoms as well.

What Makes Your Face Red and Hot?

The blood vessels in your cheeks are very close to your skin. When your face gets red and hot, the blood vessels expand and fill with more blood. Therefore, this reaction will turn the face red and it can make your skin hot to the touch.

Generally, when the face gets hot and red, and you are not having any other symptoms, it is likely nothing to worry about. When the face flushes it is usually for only a little while and then it will return to normal. But, if you are having other symptoms like confusion or shortness of breath you should get medical help.

If your face is hot and red you are likely just experiencing flushing, and it will go away with time. If you have more symptoms, or still have the question, why is my face red and hot, ask a doctor online at Just Health Experts. They will be able to help you decide if you need medical help.

Written by Dr. Larisa Roybal, PharmD

Dr. Larisa Roybal is a Doctor of Pharmacy graduate of the University of Colorado. She has experience in clinical pharmacy, medical information, and drug safety.

LinkedIn Profile Link: www.linkedin.com/in/larisa-roybal

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