What is a Hot Flash?

And all of a sudden, it hits you. That all too familiar feeling of warmth spreads throughout your body, hitting your neck, arms, chest, and face. Your cheeks turn blotchy, and you lose focus. Your heartbeat starts to accelerate as you grab the table next to you. You wait a few minutes, but the feeling persists. Sweat droplets start to form on the side of your forehead. After five minutes, an uncomfortable chill travels down your spine for the finale. Not this again…

 

The story aboves encapsulates the discomfort that comes from hot flashes: the sudden feeling of warmth, particularly in the upper body. Hot flashes occur when blood vessels near the skin’s surface widen to cool off. Some of the most common complementary symptoms of hot flashes include a rapid heart rate, chills, perspiration, feelings of anxiety, and flushed appearances. Hot flashes can cause considerable discomfort for those experiencing them, especially when severe and frequent.

 

Unfortunately, hot flashes are often considered the hallmark symptom of menopause and perimenopause. In fact, more than 80% of women experience hot flashes during at least one stage of menopause. Most women experience hot flashes for 6 months to 3 years, although some reports suggest that they can last longer–for up to 10 plus years. There are currently no treatments that cure hot flashes, but there are many solutions that offer relief, including the Zone.

 

References

https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/menopause-related-hot-flashes-night-sweats-can-last-years-201502237745

https://www.webmd.com/menopause/guide/menopause-hot-flashes#091e9c5e80007f4f-1-2

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