Dr. Sharolyn Dihigo, DNP, RN, CPNP // Oct 17, 2017

Do you wonder how your hot flash symptoms compare with other women? They are typically classified as mild, moderate or severe, and thus far, researchers don't know why some women have only mild symptoms while others experience frequent, severe hot flashes. 

Mild: Few hot flashes but they do not interfere with your daily activities (around 1-3 per day, mild, brief, minimal discomfort and sweating)

Moderate: You definitely have hot flashes, and they interfere with daily activities somewhat (4-10 per day or longer lasting, moderately uncomfortable with sweating and flushing of the skin)

Severe: You probably guessed...you have frequent hot flashes that disrupt your life to the point of needing to stop what your doing (11 or more per day, frequently hot, hot all day, frequent flushed, red skin with increased sweating)

The frequency and severity of hot flashes can be hereditary, cultural, or come as part of another medical condition. Always talk with your health care provider about any symptoms you are experiencing.

Some lifestyle changes may help. These include managing stress, losing weight if you are overweight, and stopping smoking. Most women feel better by eating a healthier, more balanced diet and starting or maintaining an exercise program.

Did you know?

• 85% of all women will have hot flashes as they transition to menopause.
• Some women only have hot flashes for 6 months while others experience them for up to 15 years.
• The average amount of time for hot flashes in 6 to 24 months.
• Night sweats are simply hot flashes that occur during sleep.
• Most hot flashes last 1-5 minutes.
• Anything that “turns up your thermostat” can make you warm and uncomfortable, but these things will make your hot flashes more frequent and unbearable.

Things that make hot flashes worse:

• Stress
• Smoking
• Caffeine
• Alcohol
• Hot beverages or hot food
• Spicy foods especially hot peppers
• Tight and uncomfortable clothing

Comments

  • Posted On October 27, 2017 by Deidra Oakley Smith

    I beginning my journey with menopause and I know nothing about it or to expect. I’m noticing changes in my skin, body and facial, the hot flashes ect. My question is, is loosing hair, ( I’m talking about having to clean the drain when I shower) a part of it too? I know stress is a big part ,and I have been extremely stressed, and traumatized the last 2 years. Could this product help my hair loss also?

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