Hot Flashes

Hot Flashes

Hot flashes or flushes are common in women who are undergoing hormonal changes. Generally it is associated with menopause in women. Women go through bouts of sweats especially at nights and this can be irritating as it disturbs the sleep. Hot flash leaves a woman reddened and perspiring. The heart beat quickens and there is a sense of panic in the individual. Mostly the face and upper part of the body turns red with hot flashes.

Causes of hot flashes include:

Menopause

Breast cancer

Puberty

There are many other reasons that can cause hot flashes in men also. Men who are castrated typically get hot flashes. The exact cause for hot flashes is not known but this occurs due to reduction of estrogen levels in the body.

Symptoms of Hot Flashes

A feeling of mild warmth to intense heat spreading through your upper body and face

A flushed appearance with red, blotchy skin on your face, neck and upper chest

A rapid heartbeat

Perspiration, mostly on the upper body

A chilled feeling as the hot flash subsides

Generally when women undergo menopause, hot flashes are caused during peri menopause, which occurs a week before menopause. It gradually subsides when menstrual periods stop.

How to Stop Hot Flashes

Although hormone replacement therapy is often recommended for hot flashes, there is no permanent cure. You can make some lifestyle changes and reduce the attack of hot flushes or flashes. Drink cool juice and keep your body cool before your monthly periods. Drinking herbal green tea is another option. Exercise and keep yourself fit and busy.

Avoid sleeping in stuffy rooms. Keep your bedroom airy with cream and light shades so that it is pleasing to the eyes and keeps the room cool. Avoid spicy and hot foods. Wear cotton night wear to bed. Avoid smoking, alcohol, and caffeine. Practice yoga and deep breathing exercises. This keeps the body and mind cool and composed.