Blushing treatments can be a lifesaver for people with ebola and other viral infections, but some experts say they can also be harmful, especially when the medication is over-prescribed.
Blushing treatments may help those who are experiencing a rash or have a rash that has gone into a more intense stage, said Roberta Toth, a clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the co-author of a study on how to treat rash.
Blush is a reaction to a chemical called lactic acid, which is released by bacteria, viruses, and fungi in the skin, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
The condition causes the skin to appear flushed and dry, and blushing can exacerbate that.
In some cases, blushing may also lead to other symptoms, including sweating and headaches.
To treat the condition, the treatment may include one or more of the following:Using an aerosol spray or cream that contains ingredients like vitamin E, zinc oxide, and a vitamin C derivative called alpha-tocopherol, or OCO.
Theoretically, using OCO should help those with blushing to get rid of the redness and swelling.
However, in some cases of the condition (or a rash associated with it), the skin may appear to feel a bit dry and irritated, Toth said.
When the treatment is not effective, it can lead to blushing-related side effects, like redness or peeling of the skin.
The side effects of OCO are generally mild and generally disappear within a few days.
But it can also cause skin irritation and redness, which may interfere with the body’s ability to heal itself, according a recent study in the journal The Journal of the American College of Dermetologists.
In addition to the skin irritations, some people with blushed skin may also experience irritation from other medications, including acne medications and certain skin-care products, according the study.
In some cases in which people have blushed, the rash may become more severe or it may not disappear altogether, Tith said.
It can also lead some people to have more severe skin reactions, such as redness that occurs when the red parts of the face are exposed to sunlight, she added.
To avoid these side effects and improve the skin’s overall health, doctors may recommend that patients who have blushing treatments be given an oral corticosteroid called a creamspoon to treat the red and dryness, Toths said.
If an individual has not received a prescription for OCO, he or she may also receive a cream that includes a vitamin E derivative called beta-carotene, which has been shown to decrease redness.
Beta-carochene can be given to people with a rash of the same type or worse, Tyth said.
Beta carotene can also help treat other skin-related symptoms, such to prevent redness in the face and to control acne.
Toth recommends patients with blushes be told about the treatment, which can take several weeks.
If they are not getting the treatment right away, they should be told to get the treatment if possible, she said.
Toths said it’s important to be aware of the side effects that can occur when taking OCO treatment, such if the person is allergic to beta-tocopherol or other drugs that contain beta-corticosteroids.
“Blushing is an important part of treatment for people, but it is a very active part of the treatment process,” Toth added.
For more information on Blushing Treatment, visit The CDC website.