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Hot Flashes

Hot Flashes Quick 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.
  • The majority of women in the menopausal transition experience hot flashes, but not all women approaching menopause will have hot flashes.
  • Hot flashes may be accompanied by other symptoms including night sweats, palpitations, flushing (redness) of the skin, and excessive sweating.
  • Hormone therapy (HT) has been used to manage hot flashes in women experiencing these symptoms related to menopause.
  • Other types of prescription medications, including SSRIs, have also been used with some success in controlling hot flashes.
  • Hot flashes can also occur as a result of certain uncommon medical conditions.
  • Hot flashes related to menopause are not preventable but can be controlled and relieved by medications and lifestyle measures.

What are hot flashes?

  • 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.
  • A majority of women in the menopausal transition experience hot flashes.
  • Hot flashes can also occur as a result of certain uncommon medical conditions.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/11/2016
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9 Signs and Symptoms of Menopause

  1. Hot flashes are the most common symptom of menopause.
  2. Urinary incontinence and burning on urination
  3. Vaginal changes may cause vaginal dryness, which leads to pain during intercourse.
  4. Breast changes changes like changes in the shape of the breasts or breast pain.




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