What does it mean to have a hot flash?

Its a vasmotor thing. During a hot flash or flush the blood vessels dilate (open up) causing more blood to flow resulting in these symptoms. Most common during peri menopause and attributed to estrogen deficiency. Can also occur from autonomic dysfunction such as during stress, public speaking and these are related to catecholamine release.

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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...

What does it mean when you have hot flash and night sweats and insomnia?

Estrogen deficiency. The symptoms suggest estrogen deficiency perhaps due to early menopause. This can occur even with monthly periods. Hormone levels can be checked if symptoms persist. Read more...

What does it mean if your always hungry & having hot flashes?

Hungry and hot flash. Are you losing or gaining weight. Patients with an over-active thyroid level may loose weight and also have sweats. There are other illnesses that result in hunger and/or hot flashes. Without much delay please see your doctor. Read more...