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A hot flash is a sudden sensation of intense body heat, often
with profuse sweating and reddening of the head, neck, and chest. These
symptoms can be accompanied by mild to severe heart palpitations, anxiety,
irritability and, in rare cases, panic.
Hot flashes are the most
common symptom of a woman's changing estrogen levels around the time of
menopause. They strike unexpectedly, often at night, and usually last several
seconds to minutes. Hot flashes:
Hot flashes are less commonly caused by thyroid problems,
cancers, and psychological stress. Men commonly have hot flashes when taking
hormone therapy for prostate cancer.
Several medicines are
available to treat hot flashes.
Current as of:
February 20, 2015
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Carla J. Herman, MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine
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