Hot flashes

What are hot flashes?

Hot flashes, also known as hot flushes, are sudden feelings of warmth which are usually most intense over the face, neck and chest. They may also be accompanied by profuse sweating and rapid heartbeat, as well as a red, flushed appearance in the skin.

Hot flashes are primarily associated with perimenopause and menopause in women as estrogen levels decline, but they can also occur in men and people on hormone therapy like GnRH agonists. Some other causes include:

The duration of a hot flash can range from 30 seconds to 10 minutes. Most last under 5 minutes. The frequency varies widely as well, from occasionally to up to a few times an hour.

Lifestyle changes may help reduce hot flash frequency, such as staying cool by wearing light layers and avoiding triggers like stress, hot drinks, alcohol and spicy foods. Hormone replacement therapy can also alleviate symptoms.

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