Sweating can be unpleasant: ask anyone who's had to run to give a presentation only to arrive looking and feeling far from prepared to complete the task at hand. But for some, excessive sweating is the inevitable consequence of day and night sweats in menopausal women.
Hot Flashes and Night Sweats
Sweating during the day or night, especially in menopausal women, is usually the result of hot flashes. These cause feelings of bursts of intense heat that disappear as quickly as they arrive. Hot flashes are caused by hormone fluctuations and the effect this has on the brain. Hot flashes are characterized by:
• Flushed or warm skin
• Rush of intense heat
• Rapid or irregular heartbeats
• Profuse sweating
When these sweats occur at night, women may notice that their sheets are damp or even soaked through with sweat: evidence that a hot flash has occurred.
Managing Day and Night Sweats
When day and night sweats begin to negatively impact upon a woman's daily life, it is important that they are managed effectively. Although it is impossible to eradicate day and night sweats 100% of the time, women have a number of options available to them.
Maintain a cool environment. Merely opening windows, turning on a fan or the Air conditioning (AC) can help create an appropriate temperature.
Wear light and breathable clothing. Certain fabrics (cotton, linen, silk) are more breathable than others (polyester, nylon, spandex) and can help women maintain a comfortable temperature throughout the day. Wearing plenty of layers can also help women to control their body temperature.
Keep a bottle of water on hand. Whether in the form of an ice pack, ice water, or even ice cream, keeping something cold on hand can help women regulate their body temperature effectively.
More Information about Day and Night Sweats
For women who want more control over their day and night sweats, there are three types of treatment options available. Organized in order of least the intense to the most intense, they are:.
• Lifestyle changes
• Alternative medicines
• Prescription medications
Menopausal women who are suffering from uncomfortable day and night sweats do not need to suffer in silence. Rather, they have the power to explore these treatment options and discuss them with their doctors to discover the right solution for each woman.
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