Accompanying Symptoms of Hot flashes

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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.

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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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