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Flushing Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Flushing. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you experienced flushing?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. Is there anything that will exacerbate the flushing?
  3. Are there simple reasons for flushing?

    Why: e.g. embarrassment , shyness, anger, stress, anxiety, guilt, strong emotion, exercise, sex, alcohol, spicy food, sunburn.

  4. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. polycythaemia may be caused by lung disease, heart disease, kidney disease, liver cancer, adrenal cancer, cerebellar tumors and dehydration.

  5. Medications?

    Why: e.g. niacin is a vitamin that may be used to lower cholesterol. If used in large amounts or taken in overdose may cause severe flushing, itchiness, diarrhea, abdominal pain and may aggravate asthma; other medications that may cause flushing include calcium channel blockers, certain anti-diabetic medications and diabenase.

  6. Dietary history?

    Why: e.g. MSG additive in food may cause facial flushing and other adverse effects in people sensitive to it.; spicy foods may cause flushing and exacerbate rosacea; recent ingestion of fish such as tuna, mackerel and skipjack may indicate possible scrombotoxic fish poisoning which can cause flushing.

  7. Cigarette smoking ?

    Why: e.g. heavy cigarette smoking may cause polycythaemia.

  8. Alcohol history?

    Why: alcohol may cause facial flushing; alcohol intolerance may cause flushing only after a single drink; alcohol may exacerbate rosacea.

  9. Travel history?

    Why: e.g. Yellow fever which is confined to Africa and South America and spread by mosquitoes may present with a flushed face.

  10. Possible poisoning?

    Why: e.g. carbon monoxide poisoning may cause flushing; scrombotoxic fish poisoning which can cause flushing.

  11. Symptoms of Rosacea?

    Why: e.g. acne-like facial rash, episodic reddening of the face (flushing) with increases in skin temperature in response to heat either from hot liquids, spicy foods, alcohol or sun. may be complicated by red eyes or enlarged nose.

  12. Symptoms of carcinoid syndrome?

    Why: e.g. spontaneous or induced bluish-red flushing, usually of the face or neck, abdominal pain, recurrent watery diarrhea - This syndrome occurs in only 5% of patients with carcinoid tumors and only when there is liver metastases.

  13. Menopausal symptoms?

    Why: e.g. palpitations, hot flushes, night sweats, fatigue, dry skin, dry vagina, emotional changes.

  14. Symptoms of hyperthyroidism?

    Why: e.g. emotional lability, agitation, nervousness, tremor, palpitations, loose bowel motions, intolerance to heat, facial flushing, sweating of the hands, muscle weakness, weight loss despite normal or increased appetite.

  15. Symptoms of polycythaemia?

    Why: e.g. tiredness, dizziness, ringing in the ears, , facial redness, redness of the eyes, severe itching of the skin after a hot bath. May be complicated by angina chest pain, intermittent claudication and gout.

  16. Symptoms of phaeochromocytoma?

    Why: e.g. paroxysmal episodes of anxiety, tremor, headache, flushing, pallor, sweating and heart palpitations.

  17. Symptoms of Scrombotoxic fish poisoning?

    Why: e.g. 2-3 hours after ingestion may experience flushing, burning, itchiness, headache, hives, nausea, vomiting and difficulty with breathing.

  18. Symptoms of Yellow fever?

    Why: e.g. high fever, headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joints aches and pains, flushed face, red eyes, abdominal discomfort, vomiting; followed several days later by yellowing of the skin, bruising and bleeding from the gums.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Flushing:

The following list of conditions have 'Flushing' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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