Menopause: What's a Hot Flash?

If you’ve experienced a sudden and intense hot feeling on your face and upper body, chances are, you’ve had a hot flash. Hot flashes are defined as a temporary onset of body warmth. It is considered as one of the most common symptoms of an impending menopausal stage for a woman. It is usually experienced at least two years before a woman’s menopausal stage begins.

Due to the fact that hot flashes are commonly attributed to a woman’s menopausal stage, it is theorized that hot flashes are caused by a deficiency in circulating estrogen. This is because there is a decline in the ovarian functions of a woman who is nearing her menopausal stage.

Symptoms of hot flashes

Hot flashes are generally caused by an impending menopausal stage for a woman, but this does not mean that men and young women are not likely to experience hot flashes. Aside from menopause, hormonal imbalances may also cause hot flashes.

When our body is in its natural state, it means that it is hormonally balanced. On the other hand, when our bodies experience a hormonal imbalance, the body invariably dispels heat and thus overwhelms the human body as a whole. When you feel dizzy, nauseous, sweating, and a fast heartbeat, then you are most probably experiencing a hot flash.

How to prevent hot flash?

Aside from menopausal women, insulin-dependent diabetics and people who take in steroids are susceptible to hot flashes.

To reduce risks of experiencing hot flashes, avoiding triggers such as caffeine, alcohol, diet pills, smoking, hot rooms and/or hot beds, and spicy food is advised. Also, following a healthy diet, having adequate sleep and exercise are also good practices to prevent hot flashes.