Hot Flashes

Hot Flashes

Hot flashed are defines as a sudden feeling of warmth over your neck, face and neck. They can be intense and happen extremely quickly. Hot flashing may cause your face to look red and flashes, similar to blushing and they can cause sweating or leave you feeling chilled. A variety of things can lead to hot flashes from hormonal changes to anxiety. Treatments may include medications, hormone therapy, or simply getting through menopause and dealing with hot flashes as they come.

Signs and Symptoms

During a hot flash, there are a number of things you may experience. You might have a feeling of warmth through your face and upper body, an appearance of red and blotchy skin, rapid heartbeat, perspiration throughout your upper body and a chilled feeling when the hot flash begins to subside. They can vary in frequency such as having several a day or one every week. Each of them last a few minutes, though this also varies depending on the person.

Causes of Hot Flashes

There is no known cause of hot flashes because they tend to point to other medical conditions or situations. There are risk factors and things that can cause hot flashes, such as a woman having low estrogen, though this isn’t true for everyone. Menopause is another common risk factor for hot flashes. Other factors include physical inactivity, obesity, smoking cigarettes, and ethnicity (it is more common with African American women). Hot flashes are much more common in women than men as well as older women going through menopause.

Diagnosing and Treating Hot Flashes

Hot flashes are usually diagnosed by a re-telling of your signs and symptoms and possibly a physical examination. Some blood tests might be performed to find out if you have an overactive or underactive thyroid or to look for signs of menopause. Hot flashes tend to be common in people with an overactive thyroid gland, also called hyperthyroidism. The most common treatment for hot flashes in women who have them from menopause or a hormonal imbalance is hormone therapy which includes estrogen and progesterone. However these hormones can increase the risk of other medical conditions, so it isn’t always the go-to treatment option. Medications may also be used to treat hot flashes, such as anti-seizure drugs or anti-depressants. You should call your doctor if the hot flashes are becoming more severe, happening more frequently, or causing you any type of discomfort.

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