Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.


Skin Warmth Overview

What causes skin warmth?
Skin is warmed by blood that flows through the vessels in the skin. Blushing, fever, or a warm environment can increase the blood flow and warm the skin more than usual. Increased blood flow may be caused by allergies, inflammation, infection or injury. Common causes of increased blood flow and skin warming include alcohol, sunburn, medication side effects, arthritis, bursitis, lymphangitis, erysipelas, and cellulitis.

What symptoms can occur with skin warmth?
Symptoms that can occur with skin warmth include skin pain, skin tenderness, skin redness, skin rash, skin swelling, blisters, skin lesion, skin lump, and swollen lymph glands (localized).

How does the doctor treat skin warmth?
Treatment for skin warmth depends on the underlying cause. General treatment for skin warmth may include skin moisturizers, corticosteroid creams, narcotic pain medication, antibiotics for infections, and nonsteroidal antiinflammatory medication.

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