A hot flash is a sudden, intense, hot feeling on your face and upper body.
Hot flashes can be accompanied by a rapid heartbeat, sweating, nausea, dizziness, anxiety, headache, weakness, or a feeling of suffocation, followed by chills.
Hot flashes are a symptom of menopause.
What does a hot flush feel like?
What does a hot flush feel like? Women often describe a hot flush as a creeping feeling of intense warmth that quickly spreads across your whole body and face. It typically lasts for several minutes. Others say the warmth is similar to the sensation of being under a sun bed, or feeling like a furnace.
What happens to your body during a hot flash?
It’s a sudden feeling of heat and sometimes a red, flushed face and sweating. Hot flashes start when blood vessels near the skin’s surface widen to cool off, making you break out in a sweat. Some women have a rapid heart rate or chills, too. When they happen while you sleep, they’re called night sweats.
What can cause hot flashes other than menopause?
Other Causes for Hot Flashes
- Thyroid problems, such as hyperthyroidism, which causes an overabundance of thyroid hormone, can increase the body’s metabolism and lead to hot flashes and sweating.
- Food and drink, including spicy foods, caffeine, and alcohol, can trigger hot flashes.
How many hot flashes per day is normal?
A single hot flash can last anywhere from one to five minutes and may occur a few times a week for some women or daily for others. When hot flashes are severe, they may strike four or five times an hour or 20 to 30 times a day, Omicioli says.