Life 45 _ Hot Flashes
Hot flashes occur more often in women than in men, and are mostly related to the age of menopause. It is a physical disorder, linked to hormonal problems.
Hot flashes can last from a few seconds to an hour, with the frequency varies from person to person
and usually occurs at night.
It is a sudden burning sensation that spreads throughout the body, especially the chest, face, neck and head – that is, the upper half of the body and is accompanied by symptoms such as rash, sweating, and mood swings, anxiety, weakness, sleep disturbances, increased heart rate etc … then ended in a chill.
ABOUT THE CAUSE OF HOT FLASHES:
The causes of hot flashes are mainly hormonal, namely:
- Hot flashes mostly occur in postmenopausal women, closely related to changes in the hormone estrogen, a hormone secreted by the ovaries affects the regulation of body temperature. Menopause is a natural phenomenon in women between the ages of 45 and 55.
- Hysterectomy or removal of the ovaries in some women for any reason can also cause this hot flash,
which is hormonal as is the case in the menopausal women mentioned above.
- Pregnancy also causes hormonal changes and can also cause hot flashes, one of the most distinctive symptoms being the dilation of the blood vessels under the skin.
- Hyperthyroidism can also cause hot flashes as well as symptoms of sweating. The thyroid gland is a small gland located at the base of the anterior neck, secreting hormones necessary for the normal functioning of the body. When an overactive thyroid is known as hyperthyroidism, the body produces excess heat, which exceeds its ability to regulate its own temperature, resulting in symptoms of hot flashes.
- Hypoglycemia can also cause hormonal imbalance and trigger hot flashes. The drop in blood sugar causes the body to secrete substances that increase sweating to fight against the lack of sugar in the blood.
- In patients with breast cancer, chemotherapy and antiestrogen therapy can induce premature menopause and accompany hot flashes.
- A small number of men may also experience hot flashes if they have a decrease in the male hormone testosterone. This is a medical condition that occurs in men called andropause. Severe deficiency of testosterone, a male hormone mentioned above. Male testosterone factors mentioned above.
- In addition to hormonal reasons, hot flashes can also occur with allergies, food intolerances,
unhealthy diet, such as overeating. spicy foods, drinking a lot of caffeine, alcohol, smoking etc … or, in certain cases of stress, etc.
HOW TO PREVENT AND TREAT HOT FLASHES?
There are a few simple solutions to prevent or reduce hot flashes that are applicable to everyone, such as :
- Practice regularly exercises, learning relaxation, yoga, meditation etc.
- Avoid drinking too much alcohol, avoid eating hot spicy foods, etc.
- Sleep in a cool, well-ventilated bed room. Sleepwear and bedding are breathable and sweat-absorbent cotton.
- Natural products are also recommended to treat hot flashes, such as evening primrose oil. If you are using evening primrose oil,you will need to use it for at least 2 weeks to see the benefits.
- In addition, certain medications such as Tamoxifen®, Arimidex®, Femara® and Aromasin® can block the effects of circulating estrogen and thus cause hot flashes.
- Finally, therapies such as acupuncture, maso-acupressure, homeopathy, etc. can also be applied with the advice of a doctor or specialist.
PLEASE NOTE :
Certain natural products may be contraindicated in patients with breast cancer (eg soybeans, flax seeds, sage, black cohosh, and phytoestrogen, isoflavones, etc.).
Therefore, you should always consult your pharmacist or doctor before using any product. Although hormone therapy (Premarine®, Provera®) is contraindicated in women with breast cancer, there are other prescription drugs that can reduce hot flashes.
See your doctor if the measures listed above are not enough to relieve your symptoms of hot flashes.
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