A hot flash is a typical feeling of warmth, most commonly felt in the head and neck and gradually spreading to the whole of the body. Hot flashes may last from as brief as 30 seconds to as long as a few minutes. However, it must be noted that a hot flash is only a symptom and not the problem itself. Hot flashes become more pronounced during the phase of menopausal transition in women. They may also be caused as a side effect of various medical conditions and treatments.
Hot flashes are generally followed by redness of the skin and perspiration. Hot flashes can also occur as a result of certain uncommon medical conditions.
Some of the common causes of hot flashes are:
Decline in the levels of estrogen when a woman approaches menopause
Hormonal change due to ageing
Irregular thermoregulation or the body’s ability to adjust and control its temperature
Uncommon medical conditions and reactions to medicines
Here are the key symptoms of Hot Flashes:
Redness of the skin, also known as flushing
Excessive perspiration which can be more pronounced at nights and occur during sleep
The release of serotonin hormone (in cases of the Carcinoid syndrome)
Infections or cancers associated with fever and night sweats
Hot flashes are not usually a serious problem. I see many clients at the retreat with this condition. It presents itself with other emotional common symptoms such as depression, weight gain, anxiety and insomnia. Thankfully, hot flashes do have quite a wide variety of effective treatments such natural herbs, bio-identical hormone therapy, use of phyto-estrogens and other alternative therapies. However, before opting for a therapy for hot flashes, it is advisable to consult a natural specialist who can guide you with the proper steps and therapies. Most importantly, make sure that the treatment, remedies or therapy that your specialist provides is medically approved and 100% safe for use.
Hot flashes are not uncommon, and pose no grave danger to your health. About 75% of women going through the menopausal transition phase experience regular hot flashes. Therefore, it is a very natural symptom that occurs when your body tries to get accustomed to the new change. Hormonal imbalance can happen to any woman, belonging to any age group. Typically, the symptoms of hormonal imbalance are evident in women from their late twenties till their fifties. Most commonly, the symptoms of hormonal imbalance are experienced during the premenstrual cycle. Detoxing the body can often alleviate Hot Flashes by allowing the body to re-balance itself.