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What Causes Hot Flashes, Anyway?
Date:4/12/2012

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A very minor increase in core body temperature can trigger hot flashes in some women. So, avoid becoming overheated, Gass said. Bring a fan to work and switch it on if you feel you're getting warm. Wear layered clothing so that you can peel off layers as needed. At night, sleep with a loosely woven blanket and sleep with one leg uncovered, and avoid down comforters.

Over time, hot flashes diminish, and usually totally disappear, Gass said.

"The natural course of hot flashes is they get milder and less frequent over time, and for the majority of women, they disappear altogether," Gass said. "A few women may have occasional ones forever, but usually they're manageable."

More information

WomensHealth.gov has more on menopause.

SOURCES: Rebecca Thurston, Ph.D., assistant professor, psychiatry, psychology and epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Penn.; Margery Gass, M.D., executive director, North American Menopause Society; April 2012 Menopause


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