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Even a short walk makes me turn red!

Telangiectasia - Red-faced from even a short walk

A 43-year-old single woman complained, “Any time I take a short walk, or especially in the winter, if I go somewhere right after a shower, my face turns so red that people tease me or ask me if I’ve been drinking.”

When looking at her skin at 100x magnification, it became apparent that this redness was caused by the presence of expanded capillaries in the affected areas. This disease is called telangiectasia. To treat her condition, she was prescribed a laser treatment therapy. Results showed not long after. Even after walking up to 100m, her face did not get red, and by the second round of treatment, her symptoms disappeared almost entirely.

There are some people whose faces turn bright red in hot environments, and then turn blue when they go somewhere cold. These symptoms can also occur after a hot shower, while sitting by a fireplace, or in various other situations where they are exposed to hot and cold temperatures in rapid succession. While not itchy or painful, the face does turn hot and red as if the patient had been drinking alcohol. These symptoms of rosacea can worsen into symptoms like infl ammatory acne or erythema as well.

Avoid Long-Term Use of Topical Skin Ointments

The causes of capillary ectasia is yet unknown. Although it is relatively rare, it is more likely to occur if you have had prolonged exposure to the sun or cold, have had a prolonged fever, or have other internal abnormalities, such as pregnancy or cirrhosis of the liver. However, if you have been, for an extended period of time, taking adrenocortical hormones or applying ointments or creams that contain adrenocortical hormones, skin atrophy or thinning can occur as a side effect, causing the blood vessels under the surface to show up in telangiectasia-like symptoms. Therefore, when choosing an ointment, it is very important that you choose a product where the concentration and types of ingredients are appropriate for your skin. This is especially true for children.

The highly effective Dye Laser Therapy

There are many different types of medical technology used for treatment of telangiectasia. These include electrolysis treatments, sclerotherapy, freeze therapy, concentrated beam therapy, laser therapy. In the past, electrolysis treatment was used almost exclusively. However, this also involved the necessary evil of damaging local tissue around the affected areas. Today though, laser treatment is able to selectively act only on the affected capillaries without damaging the local tissue.

Dye laser is particularly effective because it acts on the affected red capillaries without damaging the skin. This also helps prevent any scarring. If you blow up a red balloon and put it inside of a white balloon, the dye laser will only pop the red balloon inside and leave the white balloon intact. This extremely effective treatment works not just for telangiectasia, but also for treating hemangioma and redness in face. It is important to adjust the laser thickness according to the thickness of the blood vessels for maximum effectiveness. Whereas it is easy to get infections after surgical treatment, the side effects of laser treatment, usually hyperpigmentation, are generally mild and fades away relatively quickly.