Hot Flashes Overview
A hot flash is a feeling of warmth spreading throughout the body that is often most pronounced in the head and neck areas. Hot flashes are typically brief (lasting from about 30 seconds to a few minutes) and are sometimes associated with redness of the skin (flushing) and/or perspiration. Hot flashes are a common symptom of the menopausal transition in women, but not all women approaching menopause will have hot flashes. About 75% of women in the menopausal transition experience hot flashes. Hot flashes can also occur as a result of certain uncommon medical conditions.
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