Health Tip: Cooling Hot Flashes
Ways to alleviate menopausal symptoms
(HealthDay News) -- Hot flashes -- a side effect of menopause -- cause a woman to feel hot and flushed, notably in the face, neck and chest. Symptoms also may include sweating, chills and a rapid heartbeat.
Minor hot flashes may be cooled with simple home remedies, including a cold glass of water and a fan. More severe hot flashes may require therapies prescribed by your doctor.
Here are additional suggestions from the University of Michigan Health System:
- Wear loose-fitting, lightweight cotton clothing to keep cool.
- Keep your house at a cool temperature.
- Don't eat spicy foods, chocolate or certain aged cheeses, or drink red wine. Chemicals in these foods may prompt hot flashes.
- Cut back or eliminate caffeine and alcohol, and don't smoke.
- Minimize stress using relaxation techniques.