Hot flashes are a very unpleasant phenomenon that can cause accelerated heart rate, red skin and sweat stains on clothes, and while it is often thought to be associated with a problem that usually only affects women, and sometimes men, they can be experienced at any age and because of other factors.
If you experience hot flashes regardless of menopause, it is important to first know that this is not necessarily a dangerous situation, but if they happen frequently, you may want to look into the underlying issue. The following six factors may lead to non-menopausal hot flashes, so become familiar with them and the actions you can take to reduce the frequency of this stressful symptom.
Hot flashes are a side effect of many prescription drugs, says Dr. Lynn Simpson, an obstetrician-gynecologist at the Cleveland Clinic in the United States. She specifically notes prescription drugs such as opioids, antidepressants, and certain drugs against bone depletion. Therefore, she recommends that you check the symptoms you are experiencing due to prescription drug use, and if they match those listed in the side effects in the attached leaflet, it is likely that the medicine you are taking is the cause.
Tell your doctor about these symptoms and ask if you can get a prescription for a similar medicine that won’t cause you to suffer from hot flashes. However, the doctor may note that the hot flashes will disappear after a while, and this is usually the case when you receive long-term treatment with certain drugs which the body needs to get used to.
Excess fat in the body accelerates metabolic rate, causing hot flashes, along with spontaneous sweating and sleep disorders. It may surprise you to learn that even women who are already menopausal and overweight can reduce the severity and frequency of their hot flashes, along with sleep disorders and anxiety, by dieting and exercising for about 3 hours a week. So if you have hot flashes and are overweight, your way of getting rid of them is by shedding extra pounds. This will help you improve the quality of your life in many other aspects, and not only by reducing the frequency or even eliminating the appearance of hot flashes.
Almost all of us experience some type of hot flash when we eat something especially spicy, but if you have allergies or sensitivities to certain foods, something you eat, even if it isn’t spicy, may be responsible for your hot flashes. Dr. Simpson recommends avoiding alcohol, caffeine or other addictive substances such as sulfites, which are added to foods as preservatives. Also, be aware of how your body responds to each meal, and if you find that the hot flashes last an hour or two after you eat, then this is where your problem lies.
While it isn’t uncommon to hear the words "stress," "tension," or "anxiety" as a description of the situation, mental health experts tend to use the term "anxiety" to describe a physical aspect of feelings such as stress, fear or worry. High heart rate and intense fidgeting with an object are common signs of anxiety and, in addition, hot flashes can also be experienced. To overcome anxiety, you should simply try to breathe deeply. Breathing exercises along with yoga can help especially in such situations, and if nothing helps, you may have a more severe case of anxiety, for which you should contact a qualified therapist.
Almost any medical condition associated with hormones or the endocrine system can lead to symptoms that are reminiscent of menopause, especially hyperthyroidism. If you suffer from this condition, the hot flashes that you suffer from are probably due to it, but even a simple virus or infection can lead to them. If you have a thyroid problem, you probably have symptoms other than hot flashes, including rapid heart rate, unexplained weight loss, frequent visits to the bathroom, fatigue during the day, and more. In such a case and in any other case, it is recommended that you contact your doctor so that you can receive appropriate treatment that can relieve these hot flashes.