A feeling of intense heat starts to overwhelm you. You look around but there are no external forces causing this unexpected heat wave. You might be experiencing a hot flash!
Commonly caused by menopause, a hot flash is characterized by a sudden feeling of warmth that spreads through the face and upper body. Other symptoms associated with this condition are a rapid heartbeat, perspiration in the upper body, tingling in your fingers, and flushed appearance.
Triggers may vary from woman to woman but some of the most common triggers are:
- Consuming caffeine products
- Drinking alcohol
- Feeling stressed or anxious
- Wearing tight clothes
- Being exposed to cigarette smoke
The intensity and frequency of hot flashes can vary greatly. According to Mayo Clinic, hot flash symptoms often persist for over seven years and some women may even experience hot flashes for ten years or more.
Even though hot flashes can’t be cured, you may be able to alleviate the symptoms by:
- Sipping ice water when the hot flash symptoms begin
- Having an ice pack on your bedside table
- Using cotton bed linens and night apparel
- Adjusting to the hot flashes by dressing in layers
If hot flashes are interfering with your daily life, consider participating in a research study. Women’s Health Care Research is currently seeking women who are experiencing hot flashes to participate in a research study. Those who qualify may receive study-related care and medication at no cost, gain a better knowledge of the condition, and have access to possible new treatment options before they are available to the public. Compensation for time and travel is also available to those that qualify. Click the button below to learn more.
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