Help! Why Do I Get Red Every Time I Eat Spicy Foods and Drink Alcohol?

Playing Why Alcohol and Spicy Food Can Cause a Rash

Araceli has a question for The Doctors about the red rash she gets on her skin every time she eats spicy foods or has alcohol. She says it feels like her skin is on fire! Araceli wants to know, is there anything out there that can prevent it or keep it under control? 

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Dermatologist Dr. Sonia Batra says it sounds like Araceli has rosacea, a condition that affects 16 million Americans according to the American Rosacea Society. Dr. Batra says it is just what Araceli describes. Rosacea is due to a constellation of reactive blood vessels that open up to things like alcohol, spicy foods, hot steamy environments and often people get inflammatory bumps that look like acne. 

Dr. Batra asks Araceli if she’s tried any treatments and Araceli says she has used a foam after she washes her face, but once she puts her moisturizer over it, she gets white flakes peeling off her face. Dr. Batra says while foams are good to help settle the inflammation, there are creams on the markets that do constrict the blood vessels but that is only a short-term solution. For the best results, Dr. Batra suggests laser treatment. These lasers will use heat to seal those blood vessels from the inside and after a few times, it should improve the condition. 

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ER physician Dr. Travis Stork says while they just suspect Araceli has rosacea, if it turns out she does and is a good candidate for it, they are gifting her with three laser treatments from Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology!