Everyone turns a little red when they are hot, or after prolonged exercise, but for some people, this redness can be extreme. Face redness occurs when blood vessels just beneath the surface of the skin dilate as part of the body's attempt to cool itself. In most cases, there is no risk involved in your face turning red with exercise, and your appearance will return to normal once your body temperature drops. If you develop itching, fever, fainting or other symptoms, however, it may indicate the presence of another condition that requires medical treatment.
Drink cool liquids before, during and after physical activity. This is especially important during hot and humid weather, when you plan to exercise for long periods, or if you sweat excessively during activity. If you become dehydrated, your body temperature will increase and your redness will worsen.
Exercise in the coolest conditions possible to prevent overheating. Choose early morning or evening hours for outdoor workouts when temperatures are usually lower, and opt for indoor exercise during the hottest months of the year.
Dress in lightweight, loose-fitting clothing to allow your skin to breathe and to prevent trapping heat between your skin and clothing. Leave your head and hands uncovered, when possible.
Carry a bottle of cool water with you on bike rides, hikes and walks, and splash the water on your face, neck and arms when you feel yourself overheating. The water will help cool your body, just as sweat helps cool your skin and reduces your body temperature.
Stop exercising and take a break in the air conditioning or shade if you begin feeling exceptionally overheated. Drink cool water or rehydration solution while resting to lower your body temperature and keep your face from getting red.
- Seek medical attention if you develop hives during or after exercise, as this symptom may be caused by a potentially serious disorder called "exercise-induced urticaria." Also, seek help if you feel faint, dizzy or otherwise unwell during or after exercise.
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