What are Hot Flashes?

Hot flashes are the most frequent symptom of menopause.  They occur when blood vessels near the skin dilate to cool; when this happens, it causes the body to create intense heat. Some women experience hot flashes for the rest of their lives while others may only have to deal with them for a short period of time.  Some of the symptoms that you may experience during a hot flash are:

  • tingling in the fingers
  • faster heart beat
  • skin feeling hot
  • face getting red
  • sweating

There are several different triggers that can cause a hot flash, such as:

  • drinking alcohol
  • eating spicy foods
  • being in a hot room
  • stress
  • wearing tight clothing
  • smoking or being exposed to second hand smoke

 

There are a few methods to keep hot flashes at bay.  They include:

  • AllTuff USA Self-Charging Cool Pad
  • Deep, slow abdominal breathing
  • exercise daily
  • dress in layers
  • sipping ice water when the hot flash starts
  • cotton pajamas and sheets
  • eating a well balanced diet
  • stop smoking

You are most likely to deal with a hot flash if you are:

  • overweight
  • a cigarette smoker
  • stressed
  • depressed
  • anxious

Hot flashes affect up to 80 percent of middle aged women.  They can last up to and beyond 14 years.  Studies show that the earlier that you start getting hot flash symptoms, the longer they will last.  The median length of time that women suffer is around 7.4 years.  African American and Hispanic women suffer on average for a longer period of time than White or Asian women.  Studies also show that 1 in 8 women will suffer hot flashes while still having regular periods.  Hot flashes can occur several times during the day and/or night.  Hot flashes are a constant struggle for middle-aged women; if your hot flashes are affecting your daily life, you should talk to a doctor.  They may not be able to “cure” the hot flashes, but they could recommend some treatments to at least alleviate symptoms.

There are some positives that are associated with hot flashes.  Research has shown that women who experience hot flash symptoms early in menopause have a slightly lower risk of heart disease.  Research has also shown that women who suffer the from severe hot flashes have a lower risk of breast cancer.

 

 

 

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