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   Posted 3/15/2009 11:51 AM (GMT -7)   
does anyone experience this? sorry if i have already asked this on this forum - i can't remember:)

i am wondering if this is a common symptom of lyme's. i know it is on the list of symptoms, but i never hear it discussed. my facial flushing is INTENSE and can last for hours and hours, burning in pain. i never flushed or blushed, ever, until i got sick. it came on suddenly and intensely. it was one of my first symptoms. does this sound in line with lyme's or a coinfection??
i have seen dermatologists about rosacea, and everyone says it is definitely not that. i am actually getting a lot of relief from the flushing on ideral, a beta blocker, but wonder if anyone else has had this? i am also wondering if anyone has heard of it being an initital problem with lyme's?

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   Posted 3/15/2009 12:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had facial flushing for years and the docs at home were blaming my allergies. Facial flushing can be from having too high histamine in the body. D

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   Posted 3/15/2009 3:04 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks, dowa. i had my histamine levels checked several times, as doctors thought a lot of my symptoms sounded like mastocytosis. they have always been normal. i have also been thouroughly checked for neuroendocrine tumors. my doctors, of all my symptoms, definitely seemed most interested in the facial flushing because it came on very suddenly and very intensely. this doesn't fit the picture of a flushing disorder like rosacea. it has now just been chalked up to autonomic nervous system dysfunction, as all my symptoms have been, but doctors can't tell me what kind of autonomic dysfunction. i have been diagnosed with a "POTS-CFS-like syndrome." pretty vague.

anyways, a bit off topic, but i am wondering if facial flushing occurs with lyme's. it has been one of my most prominent symptoms, and especially because it was worst in the beginning of all this. if this doesn't fit the profile of lyme's, i think i'd hesitate to see a llmd.

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   Posted 3/15/2009 4:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Did you check your blood pressure when this happens? Usually my pressure would be high when I feel flushed

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   Posted 3/15/2009 7:04 PM (GMT -7)   
yes, my blood pressure was never high when it happened. however, my body temperature would shoot up during a flush, even if it was for like six hours. it'd go from what it normally is at now, around 96.5-97.0 to around 99 in just minutes when a flush came on.

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   Posted 9/15/2014 1:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I know this post is old. I have the same symptoms and my dermatologist has tried everything he knows of. Have you had any luck sense you posted. I'm looking for something to calm my facial skin from burning all day. It seems to go away at night when I go to sleep; but around 10am it starts burning again.
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