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How to avoid excessive sweating during hot flashes

There are many different symptoms of menopause and one of the most common is hot flashes. Excessive sweating often goes hand-in-hand with hot flashes and together they can be extremely disruptive to the daily routines of menopausal women, particularly if they occur suddenly. This symptom must be dealt with appropriately so keep reading to find out how you can do this, so that you can avoid hot flashes.

What are hot flashes?

hot flashes sweatingHot flashes usually begin with a sensation of intense heat in the upper body followed by a quickened heartbeat and a redness of the chest, neck and face. Excessive sweating in one of the main symptoms for some women and can last anywhere between thirty seconds and five minutes. However, frequency and intensity differs from woman to woman. Excessive sweating during a hot flash can be a particularly embarrassing menopausal symptom and often requires women to stop what they are doing, rest, and even change clothing. About 75% of females are affected by excessive sweating during hot flashes.

What causes excessive sweating during a hot flash epidsode?

hot flashes brainThe main trigger of excessive sweating during hot flashes is not understood but it is generally thought that decreasing estrogen levels which cause hormonal and biochemical fluctuations are responsible. More specifically, hot flashes are the result of the hypothalamus´ (the heat regulatory area of the brain) overproduction of heat. During menopause, declining estrogen levels cause the hypothalamus to discharge chemicals that cause skin blood vessels to expand so that heat can be released, which results in excessive sweating during a hot flash episode.

Hot flashes and other vasomotor symptoms (those related to the constriction and dilation of blood vessels) such as dizziness and heart palpitations are less intense and regular following menopause and the majority of women will stop experiencing hot flashes after five years. Unfortunately, for some women, excessive sweating and hot flashes can persist for up to 10 years.

Excessive sweating hot flashes are one of the more problematic symptoms of the menopausal transition and so it is vital to take measures to limit their impact. Below you can find information about simple ways of dealing with excessive sweating hot flashes.

Tips for dealing with excessive sweating hot flashes

• Wear suitable clothing.
• Avoid food and drinks that may prompt excessive sweating hot flashes such hot flashes therapyas alcohol, coffee, and spicy foods.
• Keep your bedroom cool.
• Do regular exercise.
• Stop smoking.
• Lose weight.
• Use herbal remedies.

More information about hot flashes

Whilst healthy lifestyle choices are critical, hormone balance is central in dealing effectively with hot flashes. You should always talk to your doctor before deciding which treatment is right for you. Follow this link to read more about the treatments for hot flashes.

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Sources:
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  • "Hot flashes ... in January". Canadian Medical Association Journal. 2004: 170 (1).
  • Miller, Heather and Rose Maria Li, M.D. "Measuring Hot Flashes: Summary of a National Institutes of Health Workshop." Conference report. Mayo Clinic. June 2004: 79.