Hot flashes are sudden feelings of warmth, which are usually most intense over the face, neck and chest. Skin might redden, feel as if blushing. Hot flashes can also cause sweating and if there is too much loss of body heat, there may be feeling of chill afterward.
Although other medical conditions can cause them, hot flashes most commonly are due to menopause.The time when menstrual periods become irregular and eventually stop. In fact hot flashes are the most common symptom of the menopausal transition.
How often hot flashes occur varies among women and can range from a few week to several hour. There are a variety of treatments for hot flashes.
CAUSES OF HOT FLASHES
The cause of hot flashes is not known,but it is likely related to several factors. These include changes in reproductive hormones and due to bodies thermostat (hypothalamus), which becomes more sensitive to slight changes in body temperature.
SYMPTOMS OF HOT FLASHES
During a hot flash there may be
- A sudden feeling of warmth spreading through upper body and face
- A flushed appearance with red, blotchy skin
- Rapid heartbeat
- Perspiration, mostly on upper body
- A chilled feeling as the hot flash lets up
Hot flashes can vary in frequency and intensity. How long symptoms last varies greatly. On average, symptoms persist for more than seven years. Some women have them for more than 10 years.
HOMOEOPATHIC MEDICINE OF HOT FLASHES
Graphites : Useful for hot flashes in woman who is chilly, pale, and sluggish having trouble with concentration, and a tendency toward weight gain during or after menopause. very useful when hot flushing and sweats are often seen at night. Very useful when person have tendency toward skin problems with oozing cracked eruptions, and be very slow to become alert when waking in the morning.
Lachesis mutus : Very useful to relieves hot flashes from menopause, especially when hot flashes are relieved by sweating.
Sepia : Useful for hoflases wen there is late and scanty bleeing in one period, but heavy and flooding at other period. Useful when pelvic organs feel weak and sagging, and there may have craving for vinegar or sour foods.Useful when Women usually feel dragged-out and weary, with an irritable detachment regarding family members, and a loss of interest in daily tasks. Exercise, especially dancing, may brighten up the woman's mood and improve her energy.
Sulphur : Very helpful for hot flashes and flushing during menopause, when the woman wakes in the early morning hours and throws the covers off.Very useful when lady is very anxious, weep a lot, and worry excessively about her health. Useful when person is mentally active (or even eccentric), inclined toward messy habits, and usually feels worse from warmth.