The most common symptoms
of menopause are hot flushes and night sweats. These symptoms occur in majority
of women. What are hot flushes? When do they occur? Find answers to these
Hot flushes are
nothing but sudden feeling of heat or warmth in the body. Hot flushes are also
characterised with excessive sweating. Women may also experience symptoms like
dizziness, uneasiness, nausea etc, when they experience hot flushes. Hot
flushes are very common in menopausal women. Therefore, it is also identified
as one of the symptoms of menopause in women. Let us take a look at some of the
common concerns of women related to hot
Who are susceptible to hot
Hot flushes are well
recognized as the most characteristic manifestation of menopause.
The hot flushes and night sweats of vasomotor instability occur in some 75% of
women. They may be more abrupt and more severe in women whose menopause is
induced suddenly, by surgery or radiotherapy. In most women, these flushes
persist for more than a year, and in 25% of cases they may still be present
after 5 years.
When and where do hot flushes
Hot flushes may occur at any
time of day or night and can be precipitated by a variety of common situations
such as sleeping, working, recreation, housework or stress. Flushes usually
begin in the face, neck, head or chest. Hot flushes may be associated with
episodes of sweating, elevation of skin temperature, irritability, lethargy, insomnia
and chronic tiredness. Successful treatment of hot flushes will usually relieve
associated symptoms of exhaustion and depression.
What is the difference between hot flushes
and hot flashes?
There is no
difference between hot flushes and hot flashes. These two different terms are
used in different countries to express the same
What are some of the common symptoms of
As mentioned above women
experiencing hot flushes will suddenly start feeling hot accompanied with
symptoms like sweating, nausea, tiredness, dizziness etc. The skin may also
become red when hot flues are experienced. Redness of skin can be observed on
face, chest, neck, ears and other parts of the body. Heart
may also start beating faster along with these symptoms. Tingling sensation in
hands and feet can also be experienced.
Why do hot flushes occur during
The main cause of hot
flushes is not yet identified. But the researchers say that hot flushes occur
in women mainly during menopause due to dip in the
levels of estrogen hormone. Due to the reduction in the levels of
estrogen, the way in which hypothalamus detects the temperature of the body is
Sudden changes in temperature, including too much
of spicy food in the diet, stress, anxiety etc; can trigger hot flushes in
What are the other causes of hot
Not only menopausal women,
but also hot flushes can also be caused due to the underlying reasons. Let us
take a look at them.
Faulty eating habits
Side effects of certain
Certain types of
How to prevent hot
Hot flushes can be prevented
healthy and fit. Quitting all bad habits like smoking, drinking
etc; is a must. Exercising regularly, having balanced meals and drinking a
plenty of water can definitely help to deal with the symptoms of hot flushes
Women are not the only victims of hot
flushes. Even men can experience them. If menopause is not the reason why you
are experiencing hot flushes, you must bring it to the notice of your doctor.
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