What Are Hot Flashes?
Hot flashes / hot flushes are an abrupt and unexpected increase in the body temperature, and results in extreme heat and perspiration.
Hot flushes are divided in to 2 categories: Standard hot flushes and Slow hot flushes.
Hot Flashes In Young Women
The Standard hot flushes are intense and last for a very short time. Slow hot flushes are less severe and remain for about 1/2 hour.
The heat sensation usually starts in the face and chest, and steadily extends to the whole body.
Accompanying features include: night sweats, sleepless/restless nights, reddening of the face, mood swings, reduced concentration and general unease.
Causes Of Hot Flashes In Young Women
- Decline in Estrogen levels: A sudden drop in the synthesis of the hormone results in hot flashes.
- Diet: Over consumption of meat and wine increases the risk
- Hyperthyroidism: It is an important cause for hot flushes in women in the age bracket of 20 to 30 years.
- Hysterectomy: Excision of the uterus and the ovaries causes hot flushes
- Pituitary: Abnormal conditions of the pituitary gland can lead to hot flashes.
- Other Reasons: Diabetes, T.B., stress, alcohol, smoking, spicy food are other triggers.
Natural Treatment For Hot Flashes
- If the hot flushes are weak and infrequent, treatment is not necessary. However, if the problem persists, consulting a doctor is advised.
- The most ideal way to handle hot flushes is to manage the factors that set off their occurrence: dietary errors, erratic lifestyle, smoking, excessive consumption of alcohol, caffeinated beverages, and carbonated drinks.
Moderate, daily exercise and wearing cotton clothes, particularly, in summer will help relieve the discomfort.