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What are hot flashes?

Posted Aug 24 2008 2:49pm
When you're having a hot flash, you might experience:


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

A flushed appearance

A rapid heartbeat

Perspiration, mostly on the upper body

A chilled feeling as the hot flash subsides

Hot flashes vary in frequency — you may have several a day or just a few a week. Hot flashes can last as long as 30 minutes, but most subside within a couple of minutes. Nighttime hot flashes — or night sweats — can wake you from a sound sleep They are quite common, women experience hot flashes as they go through the menopausal transition.



You don't need to seek treatment for hot flashes, especially if you're tolerating them well on your own. Finding the best way to control your hot flashes can take time.



You will need to begin to take a look at your diet and probably make some life style changes Because of the body make up different things work for different people.



Here are some things you can begin to do to help you:


Stay cool
Slight increases in your body's temperature can trigger hot flashes. Open a window or use a fan or air conditioner to keep air flowing. If you feel a hot flash coming on, drink a glass of cold water.Watch what you wear.


Exercise
Daily exercise is important during the menopausal years. If you aren't already exercising regularly


Foods
Hot and spicy foods, caffeinated beverages and alcohol can trigger hot flashes. Caffeinated and alcoholic drinks are diuretics and they dehydrate you.

Learn to recognize your own triggers and avoid those foods or drinks that bring on hot flashes.


Smoking
Smoking can worsen hot flashes.


Water
Drink lots of water; it decreases hot flashes.
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