How to avoid excessive sweating during hot flashes
There are many different symptoms of menopause and one of the most common is hot flashes. Excessive sweating often goes hand-in-hand with hot flashes and together they can be extremely disruptive to the daily routines of menopausal women, particularly if they occur suddenly.
What are hot flashes?
Hot flashes usually begin with a sensation of intense heat in the upper body followed by a quickened heartbeat and a redness of the chest, neck and face. Excessive sweating is one of the main menopausal symptoms and can last anywhere between thirty seconds to five minutes. However, frequency and intensity differs from woman to woman.
Excessive sweating during a hot flash can be particularly embarrassing and often requires women to stop what they are doing, rest, and even change clothing. About 75% of females are affected by excessive sweating during hot flashes.
What causes excessive sweating during a hot flash episode?
The main trigger of excessive sweating during hot flashes is not understood but it is generally thought that decreasing estrogen levels which cause hormonal and biochemical fluctuations are responsible. More specifically, hot flashes are the result of the hypothalamus´ (the heat regulatory area of the brain) overproduction of heat.
During menopause, declining estrogen levels cause the hypothalamus to discharge chemicals that cause skin blood vessels to expand so that heat can be released, which results in excessive sweating during a hot flash episode.
Tips for dealing with excessive sweating hot flashes
- Wear suitable clothing.
- Avoid food and drinks that may prompt excessive sweating hot flashes such as alcohol, coffee, and spicy foods.
- Keep your bedroom cool.
- Do regular exercise.
- Stop smoking.
- Lose weight.
- Use herbal remedies, like the Manna Menopause Support caplets to increase estrogen levels the natural way.
- Learn more about Menopause in the free Menopause e-book.