Hot flashes are irritating, and having one in public can cause stress and embarrassment. However, with a little planning and foresight, you can reduce their frequency and severity. Here are some techniques to help you deal with them:
It is always helpful to dress comfortably, so that you will be ready when a hot flash comes. Of course, this is easier to do when it is cold outside.
When a hot flash is imminent, drink some cold water. You can also try going to a cooler location or placing a cold object against your skin.
Figure out the cause:
Though hormonal changes often trigger hot flashes, things like diet, exercise and medication can play a role. Ask your doctor to help you figure out the causes of yours.
Consider medicinal solutions:
Lots of natural medicines purport to treat hot flashes. While they are generally safe and can sometimes help, it is best to speak with your doctor before trying them. Some can mess up other medications. Another option is hormone replace therapy (HRT), which some women have found useful.
Avoid the triggers:
After you have discovered your personal triggers, try to stay away from them. Some common hot flash triggers are:
- Spicy food
- Tight clothing