A hot flush, also known as a hot flash, comes on as an unannounced intense wave of heat and can last from minutes to half an hour. Severity can range from feeling uncomfortable to debilitating heat with sweats and even heart palpitations. Some experience hot flushes during the day and others primarily at night while sleeping. At night hot flushes are often accompanied by night sweats. Signs that someone is experiencing a hot flush are sweating, skin warm to the touch and becoming red like blushing.
Hot flushes are normally thought of as a symptom of perimenopause (time leading up to menopause) and menopause. In reality, women and men can experience hot flushes for a variety of reasons. Even relatively young people can have them. Various environmental and medical conditions and treatments can cause hot flushes.
Some women never have hot flushes or only minor ones. However, many women can get them more than once a day. At night hot flushes can lead to insomnia. High temperatures indoors or out can worsen hot flushes.
There are various pharmaceutical treatments for hot flushes. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is common. There are also supplements available to treat hot flushes. Medications including anti-depressants and certain pain medications have been found to help some women.
So what to do if you don't want to take medication or supplement? Women report various ways of managing triggers to reduce occurrences and severity of hot flushes.
• reducing alcohol intake.
• stay away from spicy foods.
• keeping ambient temperature lower.
• try to reduce stress and anxiety.
• wear looser clothing.
• What if you get hot flashes anyway? Some women suggest sleeping wearing a damp T-shirt.
• apply ice cubes to the back of the neck.
• damp towel.
These solutions may be alright at home, but what about the times while out and about? Wouldn't it be great to have a non-medical treatment that was easy to use, practical, go anywhere and stylish.
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