Hot Flashes

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Hot flashes in women can cause a lot of discomfort. Hot flashes are generally caused by complex hormonal changes due to menopause. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about hot flashes in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Hot flashes are sudden feelings of warmth, which are usually most intense over the face, neck and chest. Your skin may redden, as if youre blushing.

Although other hormonal conditions can cause them, hot flashes most commonly are due to menopause. In fact, hot flashes are the most common symptom of the menopausal transition.

Symptoms of hot flashes may include:

A sudden feeling of warmth spreading through your upper body and face

A flushed appearance with red, blotchy skin

Rapid heartbeat

Perspiration, mostly on your upper body, and

Feeling chilled as the hot flash subsides

Hot flashes vary in frequency you may have few or many in a day and each hot flash usually subsides in a few minutes. Theyre particularly common at night. Most women who experience hot flashes have them for more than a year, but they usually stop on their own within four to five years.

If hot flashes become particularly bothersome, consider making an appointment with your doctor to discuss treatment options.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.