Symptoms of Hot Flashes

Updated at: Jan 17, 2013
Symptoms of Hot Flashes

A woman who has hot flash, has sudden feeling of warmth spreading through her upper body and face and the face may become flushed. The heart rate increases and some women may have nausea, suffocation, or even dizziness. This is followed by sudden

Dr Poonam Sachdev
Women's HealthWritten by: Dr Poonam SachdevPublished at: Feb 18, 2012

Women in their 40s may wake up in the middle of the night completely soaked. They may even experience random episodes of sweating or chills in the day. These symptoms are suggestive of hot flashes. It is one of the most common symptoms of menopause experienced by women in the menopause age group. Research suggests that most women experience hot flashes on a daily basis during menopause.

Hot flash is also called a hot flush. It is sensation of heat experienced by a woman in which, she may have other symptoms such as red, flushed face and sweating.

A woman who has hot flash, may experience:

  • intense and sudden feeling of warmth spreading through her upper body and face (the warmth sensation usually moves up the waist, chest, neck, and face. Some women may experience sensations of nausea, suffocation, or even dizziness)
  • flushing of face (may be a red, blotchy appearance)
  • increase in heart rate
  • sudden sweating (may be in cold weather or without any physical activity) mostly on the upper body
  • chilled feeling or feeling cold as the hot flash subsides (sweating after feeling the heat during hot flash cools you down, and makes you experience rapid chills all over your body)

A hot flash usually lasts for a couple of minutes. However, in some women the symptoms may last for up to 30 minutes. They may happen at any time of the day, even several times in an hour (as many as 20 times per day). Most women have hot flashes 2 to 4 hours apart. Most women who experience hot flashes will have them for about 1 to 2 years. But some can have them for five years or more.

Side-effects of hot flashes

Hot flashes are followed by sweating. The amount of sweating a woman may have depends on many factors including the stage of menopause, diet, and her medications. Some women have just have sweaty lip while others may become completely drenched in sweat as if they've run 10 miles in hot and humid summer weather. Hot flashes tend to be more severe in women who have rapid transition between perimenopause and menopause. After a hot flash a woman may feel exhausted and tired as if all her energy has been zapped. The exhaustion and tiredness can last for as much as an hour. If a woman has hot flashes often during the night, she may find to difficult to get a good night's sleep.




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