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My skin is red on my face, neck, elbows, and buttocks. The red areas burn. This only happens periodically. What could cause this?

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Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine
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In brief: Worth a doc visit

Having parts of your body turn red and burn suggests a problem that should be explored.
It can be due to blood vessels dilating, or being irritated. Several conditions have skin flushing as a sign, and burning as a symptom, such as lupus, vasculitis, myositis (irritation of muscles), infection etc. Some medications can cause flushing such as niacin, and alcohol can do it as well. Best to be seen.

In brief: Worth a doc visit

Having parts of your body turn red and burn suggests a problem that should be explored.
It can be due to blood vessels dilating, or being irritated. Several conditions have skin flushing as a sign, and burning as a symptom, such as lupus, vasculitis, myositis (irritation of muscles), infection etc. Some medications can cause flushing such as niacin, and alcohol can do it as well. Best to be seen.
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