What Are Hot Flashes?
Hot flashes are a sudden feeling of heat in the body, usually most intense on the chest, neck, and face, that may become generalized throughout the body. The heat sensation is usually accompanied by sweating and skin redness. As the heat dissipates, it may be followed by chills and shivering.
Other symptoms of hot flashes include:
What Are Hot Flashes a Sign Of?
There are numerous causes of hot flashes. The most common cause is menopause and perimenopause (the period before menopause occurs) in women. This is due to the decrease in hormones that occurs during menopause.
Other causes of hot flashes include:
- Use of certain medications
- Anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction)
- Emotional distress/anxiety
- Drinking hot beverages
- Eating spicy foods
- Certain medical conditions
How Are Hot Flashes Treated?
It is important to determine the underlying cause of the hot flashes.
Hot flashes that are due to outside factors such as drinking hot beverages, eating spicy foods, or drinking alcohol can be prevented by stopping the activity.
Treatment for other causes of hot flashes includes:
- Anaphylaxis is a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. Call 911 and get to a hospital’s emergency department if you experience:
- Removal of the allergen
- Switching to another drug or reducing the dosage may alleviate the hot flashes
- Never stop taking prescribed medication without first talking to your doctor