Hot flushes means sudden feeling of warmth or heat in the body especially around the face and neck. Hot flushes are very common in perimenopausal and menopausal women. More than 75% women experienced hot flushes.

Hot flushes along with symptoms like nausea, dizziness and general feeling of being unwell may experience in menopause. Sometimes hot flushes followed by night sweat or excessive sweat during the day.

Symptoms of Hot Flashes/Hot Flushes:

Hot flushes can occur any time of the day. We can’t predict its frequency and duration of hot flushes also vary. It lasts from few second to several minutes. Hot flushes may continue after menopausal phase also.  Hot flushes are responsible for reddening of the skin and also for excessive sweat.

Hot flushes doesn’t cause any harm to health. However excessive sweating at nigh cause disturbance in sleep leads to dull, depressive feeling along with irritability and mood swings for the whole day.

Causes of hot flushes:

Hypothalamus control our body’s temperature system. During menopause reduced Estrogen causes a glitch in the way the hypothalamus senses body temperature, making it think that you are too hot. Hence body’s cooling mechanism get activated. So more blood circulation starts to flow to the skin and to the sweat glands, leads to menopausal sweat.

Some medical conditions which causes hot flushes:

  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Anxiety
  • Medications
  • Tuberculosis
  • Fever
  • Heart problems