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6 Most Common Signs and Symptoms of Hot Flashes


In peri-menopause and menopause classically experience hot flashes, a sudden feeling of intense heat.  The affect the face, neck, and chest and are often accompanied by redness, sweating, and anxiety. Some women even experience a racing heart while their hot flash is in progress.  Generally hot flashes are short in duration; however, can last from 30 seconds to several minutes.  These hot flashes can occur at any time during the day or night, although when they occur at night they are more commonly referred to as night sweats. 

Below are six of the most common ways women experience hot flashes. 

Most Common Signs and Symptoms of Hot Flashes
  1. Sudden feelings of intense heat. Commonly occur in the face, neck, arms, chest, torso, or even the whole body.
  2. Rapid or irregular heartbeat and pulse. Feels like your heart skipping a beat.
  3. Flushing. Reddened, warm skin most commonly in the face. 
  4. Perspiration. Sweating can range from mild to profuse.
  5. Cold chills. Commonly follow hot flashes, although some women only have the chills.
  6. Sleep disturbances. Night sweats can be uncomfortable and disrupt sleep leading to fatigue or insomnia.
  7. Other symptoms include headaches, dizziness, anxiety, and nausea.

For many women, their hot flashes occur as their hormones fluctuate or decrease in the typical changes that characterize menopause. In particular, falling estrogen levels are believed to affect the part of the brain that regulates body temperature. The seemingly “random” feelings of warmth and sweating are the most common complaint of women entering menopause. There are life style changes, supplements and medications that can help relieve the symptoms but taking good care of your body, mind and self are a great place to start.

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