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How To Treat Hot Flashes
No good answer: There are multiple remedies suggested, but I have not seen any of them help. One fairly benign, but not totally "natural" therapy is to lo dose Clonidine (o.5 mg twice daily) to block some of the symptoms. Works for some women, not for others. Obviously, estrogen will postpone the not flashes until the estrogen is stopped. There is disagreement as to whether this is ok or not. Check w/your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Beta blockers: If your symptoms are from menopause, estrogen, ssri's or Clonidine may help. If they are due to hyperthyroidism, beta blockers can help and lower an accelerated heart rate. However, ultimately you need to talk with your endocrinologist about a definitive therapy for your hyperthyroidism such as radioactive iodine or antithyroid drugs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many: There are a number of hormonal and non hormonal ways to treat hot flashes. This includes prescription medicines , over the counter products, and herbal remedies. My book "a woman's guide to hormone health" explores all these options in detail. It is available online or by emailing me at [email protected] ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Wear socks.: Cold feet might be a sign of poor circulation. On the other hand some people just have cold feet/hands and that is normal for them. There is also a generally benign condition called raynauds which causes cold/numb toes. See a dr. If you have discoloration of toes, pain numbness etc. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hot flashes: If you are peri-menopausal, or menopausal, there are many things that could be helpful for your symptoms. You can try holistic remedies such as black cohosh, soy products, evening primrose ( find them at costco or your drug store). Sometimes "gabapentin" may help hot flashes, and insomnia from menopausal symptoms. There are some reports that ssris such as pacil or Lexapro (escitalopram) might help as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Treat the fever: Usually chills are a result of a fever .This fever is usually greater than 100.4 to 101. Although you can often treat chills by treating a fever it is important not to ignore that a high fever can indicate severe illness. During illnesses that are associated with high fevers it is also important to maintain hydration. Always see your doctor if a fever lasts more than 4 days. There are other cause. ...Read more
Body Overheated: Heat exhaustion can be treated by cooling the patient and rehydrating them, but it is best that they be seen by their doctor to rule out more serious issues. Heat illness can progress very rapidly. If they are unable to hold down any liquids, complain of pain, esp. Headaches, dizziness, appear slow or not "with it", appear flushed, stopped sweating, high temp, etc, go to the er. ...Read more
Botanicals can help: Botanical medicine can be helpful for menopausal hot flashes. A couple possibilities include black cohosh (cimicifuga racemosa): http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/22157510 and sage (salvia officinalis): http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/21630133 classical homeopathy with an experienced homeopath is also useful. Traditional chinese medicine & acupuncture as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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