Hot Flashes and Menopause (cont.)
Hot Flashes Symptoms
Hot flashes often begin before any
menstrual changes suggestive of menopause
develop, so hot flashes may appear even years prior to the actual menopause. Hot
flashes always involve the sensation of heat, but other symptoms may also be
associated as follows:
- An uncomfortable, diffuse feeling of warmth throughout the body, that is
often most severe in the head and neck areas, is characteristic of hot flashes.
- Flushing (redness) of the skin may occur.
- Excessive sweating, including
night sweats, can
accompany hot flashes.
(unpleasant sensations of irregular and/or forceful beating of the heart)
may sometime accompany hot flashes.
- Chills and shivering can occur following a hot flash.
The symptoms of a hot flash typically develop suddenly, without warning, and
last from less than one minute to several minutes.
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