What Are Hot Flashes a Sign Of?

Reviewed on 11/11/2020

What Are Hot Flashes?

Menopause or perimenopause is the most common cause of hot flashes in women in their late 40s on. Other conditions and medications can also cause hot flash symptoms.
Menopause or perimenopause is the most common cause of hot flashes in women in their late 40s on. Other conditions and medications can also cause hot flash symptoms.

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: 

Night sweats are hot flashes that occur during the night that may disrupt sleep.

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: 

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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: 

  • Menopause
    • Lifestyle changes such as stress reduction techniques, healthy diet, and regular exercise
    • Hormone therapy 
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Medications
    • Switching to another drug or reducing the dosage may alleviate the hot flashes
    • Never stop taking prescribed medication without first talking to your doctor 
  • Obesity

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Reviewed on 11/11/2020
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