Can you remember being in a social situation or a work situation where everyone’s eyes were on you? You felt anxious about what you were doing and the result was that you started to blush, getting redder by the minute? Most people experience this from time to time and it’s particularly common in adolescence – excessive blushing at school can lead to a lot of amusement for others.
This article on excessive blushing is written by Kathryn Senior, a freelance journalist who writes health, medical, biological, and pharmaceutical articles for national and international journals, newsletters and web sites.
When excessive blushing becomes a problem...
Blushing is a normal physiological response – it happens in normal healthy people and it is thought to have evolved as part of sexual attraction and as a way to establish solid relationships. However, in the complex setting of modern society, excessive blushing can occur for no real reason. Because it is so obvious, it does tend to grab the attention of other people and many can’t help but comment on it. This draws further attention to your red face, which makes the blushing and the underlying embarrassment and anxiety worse, creating a cycle that can lead to the medical condition known as erythrophobia.