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Health Tip: Dealing With Hot Flashes

Health Tip: Dealing With Hot Flashes

01/31/11

(HealthDay News) -- What middle-aged woman hasn't begged the question: Is it warm in here or is it me?

That hot, hot feeling that seems to come over you at the most inopportune times is a natural part of life: hot flashes. But they can be avoided.

The first step is figuring out what brings them on. Personal triggers could include stress, alcohol, caffeine, diet pills, spicy or hot food, hot tubs, saunas, hot showers, hot beds, hot rooms, hot weather and smoking.

Even if you can't avoid hot flashes, you can survive them. Here are some tips from breastcancer.org:

  • Dress in layers, so you can peel off one layer after another as you get warmer.
  • Don't wear wool or synthetics, and be wary of silk. That leaves cotton, linen, rayon, and more cotton.
  • Avoid turtlenecks. Stick to open-neck shirts.
  • Keep ice water at hand that you can sip to cool down.
  • Whenever possible, lower the thermostat. Maybe it's time for a decent air conditioner, or a ceiling fan or portable one.
  • Wear cotton pajamas or nightgown. If you perspire a lot at night, your nightclothes are easier to change than the sheets, which should be cotton and not synthetic.
  • Take a cool shower before bed.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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