Hot flashes can be one of the most common menopause symptoms, and also one of the most bothersome, affecting 75% of women who go through menopause.
While some women get hot flashes rarely and are not affected heavily, for other women, hot flashes and the resulting side effects, as chills, can have a greater impact on daily life.
Keep reading below to learn about hot flashes and chills.
Understanding Hot Flashes and Chills
A hot flash is a brief moment when the temperature of the body suddenly rises and causes sweating, nausea, headaches, and sometimes chills.
Hot flashes during menopause are caused by hormonal fluctuations. The blood vessels dilate to cool down the body and a woman can go through excessive sweating as the body tries to cool itself, sometimes chills can result. Read more below on what you can do to prevent hot flashes and chills.
What Should I Not Do?
The following is a list of the most common substances which are known to make hot flashes and chills worse:
Tight or synthetic clothing
Warm environments (e.g. hot showers or saunas)
Excessive consumption of caffeine and alcohol
What Can I Do about Hot Flashes and Chills?
There are a few ways that can help you reduce the frequency and the strength of hot flashes and chills. Here is a list of the most basic remedies:
Exercise daily. Walking, swimming, dancing, and biking are all good options.
Stay cool. Use fans during the day and wear breathable clothes made by natural fabrics such as cotton.
Slow abdominal breathing. Practice deep breathing for 15 minutes in the morning, 15 minutes in the evening, and at the onset of hot flashes.
As mentioned above, exercise and a healthy diet can greatly improve your body's ability to respond to the changing environment.
Alternative medicines have been known to help reduce the effects of hot flashes. Aromatherapy, acupuncture, and massage can help relieve stress, and some herbal supplements can help correct the hormonal imbalance that is thought to cause hot flashes and chills.
There a few treatments such as birth control pills which have been known to worsen hot flashes episodes. Also, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is becoming less popular because of the possible health risks.
If you are experiencing hot flashes and chills and have not spoken to your doctor already, now is a good time to do so. Your medical practitioner can explain and help you find the right solution. Explore the following link for more information on treatment for hot flashes and chills.
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