Hot Flashes or Hot Flushes?
Expert’s Name: Gail Edgell
Perhaps the most common symptom of Menopause is the hot flash. Annoying and irritating, this symptom is among the least understood of all Menopausal indicators. While we may not fully understand why we have hot flashes, also known as hot flushes, we can certainly help prevent them, but in order to do this, we must first understand what menopausal hot flashes are and what we can do about them.
What is a Hot Flash?
Hot Flashes are common Menopausal symptoms consisting of a red, flushed face, momentary feelings of increased body heat, and sweating. These feelings occur when blood vessels around the surface of the skin dilate. While most women will experience hot flushes throughout menopause, the exact duration varies from woman to woman. Some women will be plagued by hot flashesthroughout their lives, while others will experience this sensation for a short period of time during menopause and perimenopause.
How Can I Avoid Hot Flashes?
While there are steps that you can take to stop hot flashes, it is impossible to prevent them completely. The following natural steps will help you to avoid more severe and frequent hot flashes and night sweats.
1. Avoid Common Triggers – There are a number of common activities that can trigger menopausal hot flashes, buy avoiding the things on the following list you can help reduce the number of symptoms you experience:
- Spicy Foods
- Tight Clothing
- Cigarette Smoke
2. Keep Your Room Cool – By keeping your surrounding area cool you can in turn keep your body temperature more moderate. Use fans in the afternoon and wear light clothing to keep yourself cool; especially to avoid hot flashes at night.
3. Deep Breathing Exercises – Try practicing a deep breathing exercise. Breathe in slowly and deeply for fifteen minutes to moderate your stress levels. Thisexercise is also effective at the onset of a hot flash.
4. Exercise Daily – Exercising regularly provides and number of health benefits including reducing the frequency and severity of night sweats.
5. Cool Pillows – Ensure that you keep your pillows at a low temperature; this will help regulate your body temperature. Did you know that there are specially designed pajamas that are made to keep you cool too?
Turn the Heat up, I’m a Little Chilly
Menopausal Hot Flashes are irritating and can be insufferable. Unfortunately, it is impossible to prevent them all together, but by taking steps to prevent the onset of frequent hot flashes, you can avoid some of the frustration. By keeping a moderate body temperature and avoiding the pitfalls listed above you can startlooking forward to your transformative years and engage yourself in the changes that are happening inside of you.
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