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Dr. Ron Eaker
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Hot Flashes (Overview)

Hot flashes are feelings of warmth that are most intense in the head, neck, and chest areas. They can result in extreme perspiration, which can lead to chills. Hot flashes are generally linked to menopause but might also be a result of other hormonal-balance issues.


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What causes hot flashes?

What causes hot flashes?

Estrogen changes: A drop in estrogen, one of the female hormones, has been shown to be the cause of "hot flashes" of perimenopause.Hot flashes can also be caused by thyroid imbalances, drug interactions, and of course spicy foods. ...Read more

Dr. Ron Eaker
909 Doctors shared insights

Hot Flashes (Overview)

Hot flashes are feelings of warmth that are most intense in the head, neck, and chest areas. They can result in extreme perspiration, which can lead to chills. Hot flashes are generally linked to menopause but might also be a result of other hormonal-balance issues.


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How can I reduce my risk of experiencing hot flashes? Are there lifestyle related things I can do to lessen my risk of having hot flashes? .

How can I reduce my risk of experiencing hot flashes? Are there lifestyle related things I can do to lessen my risk of having hot flashes? .

Yes there are: You can watch for triggers and eliminate them if possible. These include stress, spicy foods, caffeine, alcohol, chocolate, nicotine, sleep deprivation. Exercise initially makes hot flashes worse but, as a person gets into shape, hot flashes can get milder.
Relax into the hot flash--fighting makes it flare, wear wicking light clothes, and bring a small personal fan. There are medicines to help. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Hulse Dr. Hulse
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Hot flashes (Tip)

Hot flashes will gradually subside in most women. ...See more

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Managing Hot Flashes (Checklist)

Try paced-breathing exercises
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Avoid triggers, such as alcohol and spicy food
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Carry a small fan and dress in layers
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Are there any natural treatments for hot flashes? Are there any herbal supplements or dietary changes I cam make to help with hot flashes? .

Are there any natural treatments for hot flashes? Are there any herbal supplements or dietary changes I cam make to help with hot flashes? .

Nope: Hot flashes, if due to menopause, are due to estrogen deficiency and are natural. Some people report help with soy and phytoestrogens, but there is really no supplement proven to help. Only time and rx's such as estrogen that will relieve the symptoms. ...Read more

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How do I know that I am having hot flashes because I am getting colder as I am getting older?

How do I know that I am having hot flashes because I am getting colder as I am getting older?

Warmer times: Sometimes our hot flashes seem like volcanic hot eruptions with flushing & sweats. Other times our hot flashes are more gentle warm periods when we're dressed in tee-shirts & shorts while everyone else is bundled up for winter. What's your baseline? You may be having hot flashes when you are feeling warmer than whatever's normal for *you*. ...Read more

Dr. Brian Nguyen Dr. Nguyen
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Hot flashes (Tip)

There are multiple nonhormonal methods approved by the fda for hot flashes. Ask your doctor. ...See more

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What causes hot flashes?

Estrogen changes: A drop in estrogen, one of the female hormones, has been shown to be the cause of "hot flashes" of perimenopause.Hot flashes can also be caused by thyroid imbalances, drug interactions, and of course spicy foods. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you have hot flashes at 27?

Hot Flashes: Stress is actually the biggest cause of hot flashes, and a likely reason for experiencing them at a young age. Thyroid dysfunction may also be a cause. ...Read more

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Hot flashes (Tip)

Don't deal with hot flashes. Balance your hormones using precisely managed Bioidentical hormones. ...See more

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What is the best way to treat hot flashes?

What is the best way to treat hot flashes?

Many good remedies: There are many effective ways to reduce vasomotor symptoms (like hot flashes). Meditation, good diet, vitamin e, herbal remedies, medications, and hormonal treatments can all be used in specific cases. Talk to a women's health specialist. ...Read more

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How to be treated for extreme fatigue and hot flashes?

How to be treated for extreme fatigue and hot flashes?

See your: Doctor and determine the cause and appropriate treatment. Hot flashes may be an indication of menopause. ...Read more

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Hot flashes (Tip)

Talk to your doctor about hormone therapy. Hot flashes are easily treated. Your doc can help. ...See more

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How do I know that I am having hot flashes because I am getting colder as I am getting older?

Warmer times: Sometimes our hot flashes seem like volcanic hot eruptions with flushing & sweats. Other times our hot flashes are more gentle warm periods when we're dressed in tee-shirts & shorts while everyone else is bundled up for winter. What's your baseline? You may be having hot flashes when you are feeling warmer than whatever's normal for *you*. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for hot flashes and not being able to sleep? Can't fall asleep, or wake up and can't go back to sleep

Hello.: Hello. Some things which you can discuss with your doctor for your insomnia related to hot flashes include: use of low dose seratonin reuptake inhibitors (i.e., lexapro), hormone replacement therapy, herbal remedies and acupuncture. Take care. ...Read more

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Hot flashes (Tip)

Hot flashes are one of the only fda approved indications for hormone replacement therapy. ...See more

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What are the risks of prescription treatments for hot flashes?

What are the risks of prescription treatments for hot flashes?

All have risks: You're a little young to be going through menopause, so check with your md re: other possible causes. All medications have potential risks. Common tx for menopausal hot flashes include estrogen, ssri's and clonidine. Check with your physician for more specific info. ...Read more

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How do you cure hot flashes naturally?

Botanicals: I respectfully disagree with my colleague -- there are studies supporting use of certain herbs in menopausal hot flashes. A couple of these are black cohosh (cimicifuga racemosa): http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/22157510 and also sage (salvia officinalis): http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/21630133 you can work with an integrative medicine physician for personalized recommendations. ...Read more

Dr. Brian Nguyen Dr. Nguyen
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Hot flashes (Tip)

Even though venlafaxine is antidepressant, it's common to use it to treat hot flashes. ...See more

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How do I get rid of my hot flashes and headaches during my period?

How do I get rid of my hot flashes and headaches during my period?

The flashes you have: Are not typical now but change in hormones may be creating them 4 u. Headaches provide a clue. Grind your teeth at night, have insomnia or both? If not anemic and everything ok, you could try continous ocp. Treat like pmdd, but try Cymbalta (duloxetine) 30 mg 2 weeks of the month, noerpi reuptake helps flashes more than standard ssri which may also help, cost less. Need tx insomnia, do pvt consult if on meds. ...Read more

Emily Lu Dr. Lu
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Can mental health drugs give you hot flashes and night sweats?

Emily Lu Dr. Lu
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Can mental health drugs give you hot flashes and night sweats?

Yes: Some antidepressants are among the most common causes of night sweats. However, others are actually commonly used to treat hot flashes, so those may be caused by a different drug or mechanism. I would talk to your doctor as it depends on what medications you are taking. Night sweats can also be a symptom of serious diseases, so you should see your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Hulse Dr. Hulse
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Hot flashes (Tip)

Short term estrogen therapy is the treatment of choice, but is certainly not the only choice. ...See more

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Vomiting, hot flashes, vomiting and extreme pain during periods. Missed school, etc, and now I take bc. It saves me! But when I miss a pill/tummy hurt?

Vomiting, hot flashes, vomiting and extreme pain during periods. Missed school, etc, and now I take bc. It saves me! But when I miss a pill/tummy hurt?

Yes, normal.: Need to have a system that helps you remember to take your pill every day. Try placing the pills next to something you use daily, like your toothbrush. Also, try setting an alarm in your phone to remind you to take your pill. If you take your pills consistently, you shouldn't have the cramping, and more importantly, you will have contraception. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned about hot flashes and night sweats that have been ongoing for 7 years? It started in my early 30s and tests for early menopause came back negative. I notice that anxiety sometimes triggers them, especially when I feel frantic because

Should I be concerned about hot flashes and night sweats that have been ongoing for 7 years? It started in my early 30s and tests for early menopause came back negative. I notice that anxiety sometimes triggers them, especially when I feel frantic because

Having: Having hot flashes and night sweats for 7 years must be miserable. Please become established with a good family practice or internal medicine doctor in your area. You should have a medical workup. There are treatments that may help you, but it is important to closely establish with a good primary care doctor. I am glad that you had hormone testing, but you may need thyroid studies, blood glucose testing, and other types of testing. If it does end up being anxiety, there are treatments as well as medications that may help. ...Read more

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Hot flashes (Tip)

Create internal peace with meditation. Wear layered clothing. Eat healthy and exercise regularly. ...See more

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How can I prevent hot flashes caused by anxiety? So, I have an anxiety disorder, and I take medications and go to therapy. I'm also a hypochondriac, so I mostly avoid websites like these, but I am starting to get real hot flashes from what I assume is the

How can I prevent hot flashes caused by anxiety? So, I have an anxiety disorder, and I take medications and go to therapy. I'm also a hypochondriac, so I mostly avoid websites like these, but I am starting to get real hot flashes from what I assume is the

Hello.: Hello. Recommend that you ask your therapist about progressive muscle relaxation and deep breathing exericises. If you have already been taught these, recommend that you do them religiously. They can be very helpful to abort panic or anxiety or to help calm after a panic attack. ...Read more

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Iam 49 and having hot flashes and nauses it gets bad when iam a passager in a car I had my blood preasure and the dr changed my med

Iam 49 and having hot flashes and nauses it gets bad when iam a passager in a car I had my blood preasure and the dr changed my med

Hot flash: This sounds like two issues. Hot flashes are usually hormonally induced by declining levels of estrogen. Not directly related to blood pressure issues. Nausea is possible and can be exacerbated by movement. Beta blockers (metoprolol) might be of some help for both things. Get your magnesium level checked. Low levels could be part of your problem. ...Read more

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What cause you to have hot flashes and then get real cold?

It depends: If you experienced menopause, this could be a " hot flash", which is happens due to decline in estrogen after stopping having periods. Hormonal replacement therapy could alleviate the symptoms, but talk to your doctor to have a good check-up before it, especially regarding risk factors fof heart disease and stroke. If you are pre-menopausal, your reaction could be " premature ovarian failure" ...Read more

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How can I reduce my risk of experiencing hot flashes? Are there lifestyle related things I can do to lessen my risk of having hot flashes? .

Yes there are: You can watch for triggers and eliminate them if possible. These include stress, spicy foods, caffeine, alcohol, chocolate, nicotine, sleep deprivation. Exercise initially makes hot flashes worse but, as a person gets into shape, hot flashes can get milder.
Relax into the hot flash--fighting makes it flare, wear wicking light clothes, and bring a small personal fan. There are medicines to help. ...Read more