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  1. Right, sorry! I guess the take home point is that misaligned vertebrae may in some cases contribute to excessive flushing, and that in such cases chiropractic treatment might be useful. BB
  2. Hi all, I was recently chatting with my chiropractor about unusual manifestations of thoracic subluxations (misaligned vertebrae that press on spinal nerves) and the issue of autonomic dysreflexia came up. In this disorder, individuals experience severe sweating and flushing (amongst other symptoms) due to a lesion around T6. It occurred to me that subluxations around this area might potentially cause similar, if somewhat attenuated, effects as those seen in autonomic dysreflexia and us. Bear in mind that the vast majority of people are subluxated to some degree. If any of this sounds even remotely plausible to you, perhaps a trip to the local chiropractor might be in order. BB
  3. There isn't really a medication for blushing specifically, but there are numerous that supposedly help with anxiety. Anxiolytics, as they are known, could potentially help with blushing by toning down anxiety levels, but they generally have a high potential for dependence and can cause more problems than they solve. IMO they should not be used long term. BB
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    Niacin

    Niacin is typically considered an aggravater of rosacea due to the side effects you mentioned. In fact, this is one of the main problems associated niacin therapy! If you find niacin to be beneficial for your skin, then you're very fortunate as few rosaceans can tolerate it. Additionally, niacin is considered to be very beneficial for keeping the good and bad cholesterol in check. BB
  5. I would stop if I were you. I'm certain that multiple doses should not be necessary to see a response. BB
  6. Total speculation... but I believe the poor results that some receive may be due to the administration. If the solution isn't present within the target area in sufficient concentrations that a therapeutic dose will not be met. Given the difficulty of achieving this with injections, it seems plausible that this is a major cause for the variability in results. The mechanism of action of botox for blushing does seem to have been established though, and in fact seems to have been used to partially elucidate the physiological process behind blushing: "A link to cholinergic innervation was demonstrated by Kellogg et al. (46), who used local administration of botulinum toxin to presynaptically block neurotransmission from cholinergic nerves. Botulinum toxin abolished active cutaneous vasodilation during body heating, whereas an attenuated vasodilator response occurred at sites pretreated with atropine (postsynaptic muscarinic receptor blockade), as in previous work (46). Taking together the evidence that presynaptic inhibition of cholinergic neurotransmission, but not postsynaptic muscarinic receptor blockade, blocked cutaneous active vasodilation, the authors concluded that an unidentified cholinergic cotransmitter was responsible for the vasodilator mechanism (46)." http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2963327/?tool=pubmed BB
  7. Psychological stress-reducing effect of chocolate enriched with γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in humans: assessment of stress using heart rate variability and salivary chromogranin A. Authors: NAKAMURA, H.1 nakamura-hiroyasu@glico.co.jp TAKISHIMA, T.2 KOMETANI, T.1 YOKOGOSHI, H.3 Source: International Journal of Food Sciences & Nutrition Nov2009 Supplement 5, Vol. 60, p106 8p. Language: English Subject Terms: *STRESS (Psychology) *HEART beat GABA CHOCOLATE CHROMOGRANINS Keyword(s): γ-Aminobutyric acid; chocolate; heart rate variability; psychological stress; salivary chromogranin A Abstract: We studied the psychological stress-reducing effect of chocolate enriched with γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA), on stress induced by an arithmetic task using changes of heart rate variability (HRV) and salivary chromogranin A (CgA). Subjects ingested 10 g chocolate enriched with 28 mg GABA (GABA chocolate); 15 min after the ingestion, subjects were assigned an arithmetic task for 15 min. After the task, an electrocardiogram was recorded and saliva samples were collected. HRV was determined from the electrocardiogram, and the activity of the autonomic nervous system was estimated through HRV. The CgA concentration of all saliva samples, an index for acute psychological stress, was measured. From HRV, those taking GABA chocolate made a quick recovery to the normal state from the stressful state. The CgA value after the task in those taking GABA chocolate did not increased in comparison with that before ingestion. From these results, GABA chocolate was considered to have a psychological stress-reducing effect. ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR Author Affiliations: 1 Health Science Laboratory, Ezaki Glico Co., Ltd, Nishiyodogawa-ku,Osaka, Japan. ;
  8. My doc administered intradermal injections 1/cm^2. The effects took a couple of weeks to appear and lasted ~6 months (3 months at full effect). If I were having the treatment I'd probably get it twice a year. Good luck! BB
  9. Actually, I was very impressed with the treatment I had several years ago. If you search my posts you'll find that I've written on the subject numerous times. But bottom line, if administered properly Botox does seem to eliminate sympathetic flushing / blushing. BB
  10. It's tough, no doubt. Recently I had to take a class in public speaking and I was very anxious! To handle my anxiety I say at the front of the class and made every effort to get up an speak as often as possible. The rational behind this behavior was that by appearing very extrovert I would override the perception of any blushing in my classmates. Remember that facial redness is supported by a whole bundle of other non-verbal cues that contribute towards the perception of embarrassment. Whether or not I successful convinced my classmates of calm and collection is irrelevant; what's important is that I took control of the situation. BB
  11. IMO this is really healthy advice. Admittedly, it's harder said than done! But this is where we should all strive to be. BB
  12. It has probably never crossed his mind. Remember, it's the obsession associated with excessive blushing that fuels the problem and debilitates the sufferer. BB
  13. Hi Mozart, I'm sorry to hear that your father is ill. No, of course you are not a disgusting person for feeling anxiety about the possibility of attending his funeral should the worst transpire. Not at all. BB
  14. I read an interesting study recently that tested the effect of observation on blushing. The researchers made a group of blushers watch embarrassing footage of themselves singing while closely observing just one side of their faces. It was shown that the subjects blushed more intensely on the side being observed than on the other! This just goes to show that it is our own perception of blushing that is the enemy; what others perceive is of far less significance. BB
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