Written by Avantina Sharma, Ph.D (Foods and Nutrition), M.Sc (Foods and Nutrition) | 

Medically Reviewed by Dr. Ramya Ananthakrishnan, MD on Mar 21, 2018

Accompanying Symptoms of Hot flashes

Hot flashes can be accompanied by feeling of nausea, weakness, headache, chills, feeling of suffocation and palpitations.

Tips for sailing through it!

  • Clothes made of natural fibres should be preferred over synthetic fibres as they can absorb the sweat and provide respite
  • Exercise has multi fold advantage in that it helps reduce hot flashes and also helps in the overall management of the peri and postmenopausal symptoms.
  • Use of sprays or moist wipes like aromatic oils, mint, peppermint, lavender sprays to help lower skin temperature.
  • Try to be under a fan as much as possible
  • Take adequate rest during the day if hot flashes restrict sound sleep at night.
  • Do not sit in stuffy rooms but enjoy a walk in fresh air.
  • Do not consume foods rich in spices or foods.
  • Intake of fluids and water should be increased to compensate for the losses in sweats.

All the above tips would certainly help make the condition better and provide relief.

A very important dietary consideration is that alcohol, particularly wine and cherry, and smoking should be avoided as these may aggravate hot flashes.

Hot Flash - References:

  1. Avantina Sharma, Textbook of Food Science and Technology, International Book distributor (IBDC) publishers, India.
  2. Albertazzi P et al. The effect of dietary soy supplementation on hot flushes. Obstetrics and Gynecology 1998;91: 6-11
  3. Charles L Loprinzi et al. Venlafaxine in management of hot flushes in survivors of breast cancer: a randomized controlled trial. The Lancet. Volume 356 Page 2059
  4. Jeri AR. The effect of isoflavones phyto-estrogens in relieving hot flushes in Peruvian postmenopausal women. Paper presented at: 9th International Menopause Society World Congress on the Menopause; October 20, 1999; Yokahama, Japan.
  5. Vasomotor symptom relief by soy isoflavone extract tablets in postmenopausal women: a multicenter, double blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study. Menopause. 2000 Jul-Aug;7(4):236-42.


guest Tuesday, March 20, 2007

My worst hot flashes feel similar to a slight electrical shock, short-lived but very significant (as if I have stuck my finger in a light socket.) Has anyone else experience a similar type of hot flash? I have also had the type where you feel as if your temperature immediately rises and you must remove clothing while profusely perspiring.

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