Chen Ben Asher – Functional Nutrition – Silicon Valley – Hot Flashes and Night Sweats

For menopausal women or women who are about to experience this natural process, can occur hot flashes and night sweats that are often liked together. It might be a trigger that menopause is on its way and the body needs additional support.

Hot flashes themselves is “feeling of warmth spreading over the body that is often most strongly felt in the head and neck regions.”[1] This sensation usually last from few minutes up to several minutes. At the same time it can be also a symptom also of other things (rare tumors, eating spicy foods, certain medication consumption etc.), needing further examination. Some types of medicine can cause flashing that appears like redness around neck and cheeks like niacin, tamoxifen, hydrlazine, nitroglycerine, sildenafil, prednisone, prednisolone.

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Yet the exact cause of hot flashes is not clear but it is mostly linked to decreasing level of estrogen. This symptom can occur before menopause in women’s 40s in around 40% case and for about 80% finishes only after 5 years which is quite long time to deal with this symptom.

Night sweats usually also comes together with hot flashes. They “refer to any excess sweating occurring during the night.”[2] It should be distinguished from sweat that can occur if the temperature in the room is too high or bedclothes are too warm. Sometimes also hot flashes are hard to distinguish from real night sweats. Further evaluation is needed with medical history and tests.


Night sweat symptoms

  • Infections
  • Fever
  • Shaking and chills
  • Weight loss

Usually night sweats are accompanied by other menopause symptoms like vaginal dryness, hot flashes, mood changes and also some others depending on each case. This issue needs further examination also because that sweating might also occur as a side effect of some medications (antidepressants, aspirin and acetaminophen if used to lover fever), infections like endocarditis (infection of the heart valves), osteomyelitis (infection of bones), abscesses (boils, tonsils, appendix, diverticulitis, peritonsillar, perianal), AIDS virus (HIV) infection, tuberculosis and others. Night sweats might even be a symptom of some cancers like lymphoma. Sweating might occur also with low glucose in blood (hypoglycemia). Night sweats at the same time need to be distinguished from ordinary sweats that occur during the day and might be extensive due to climate, activities and other reasons. Night sweats will occur only during night.

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Sweating and hot flashes has a lot to do with hormone disorders that are quite common around the transition into menopause. These two symptoms also can last longer than the actual menopause starting time (cessation of menstrual periods) by several years thus paying big role in the overall mood and other factors. Treatments depend on each case and thus should be left for professionals as there can be various underlying causes. In menopausal time it pays high role to follow the changes and find possible solutions that will lower the symptoms of the natural woman’s process that is inescapable but can be relieved.



[1] Hot Flashes. Accessed from: http://www.medicinenet.com/hot_flashes/symptoms.htmrel=”nofollow”

[2] Night Sweats. Accessed from: http://www.medicinenet.com/night_sweats/article.htmrel=”nofollow”

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