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Know About Hot Flashes

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Hot flashes are sudden feelings of intense warmth that start in the neck, face, or chest and often occur along with sweating and anxiety. Hot flashes occur in most women at menopause. Most begin 1 to 2 years before menopause and stop after 2 years, but some women may have hot flashes for longer years. They affect 75% of women after menopause. It may occur in men after castration or chemotherapy. What Causes Hot Flashes? Changes in the level of the female hormone, estrogen, at menopause usually causes hot flashes. The other reasons are surgical removals of ovaries and chemotherapy which may cause the ovaries to stop working. What are the symptoms of Hot Flashes? Hot flashes are the most common symptom of menopause. When you have a hot flash, you’ll feel warm from your chest to your head, often in wave-like sensations. Your skin may turn red and you may sweat. You may feel sick to your stomach and dizzy. You may also have a headache and feel like your heart is beating very fast and hard

How Are Hot Flashes Diagnosed? Your doctor can make diagnosis based on clinical evaluation. The doctor may order blood tests (such as thyroid function tests) and special hormone studies (e.g., follicle stimulating hormone, luteinizing hormone, estrogen level) to confirm the diagnosis and to rule out other causes. The other conditions that may mimic flashes are hyperthyroidism, anxiety, lymphoma, and carcinoid. How Are Hot Flashes Treated? Estrogen replacement therapy will reduce the hot flashes by 80% to 90%. But Estrogen therapy may increase the risk of certain cancers, stroke and can have side effects of abdominal bloating and breast tenderness. Always consult your endocrinologist before taking estrogen. Other drugs, including antidepressants, antiseizure medications, vitamin E and soy protein are often used with limited success. Source :

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