What are Hot Flashes?
A hot flash is, as the name implies, a sudden, intense heat sensation that sweeps over the upper body (or sometimes whole body) and face. Hot flashes are a common condition during menopause and sometimes during andropause?male menopause. The flashes can last anywhere from less than a minute to over half an hour, causing unpleasant symptoms and a temporarily miserable person. It?s just like one minute a person is walking down the street on a perfect, lovely day, and the next, they feel like they?re trapped in an invisible oven set to 400 degrees.
Hot Flash Symptoms
- Sweaty, hot body
- Red, blotchy face
- Increased heart rate
Cause of Hot Flashes
It is widely believed that hot flashes are caused by low estrogen levels, which affects the hypothalamus (the part of the brain that controls many vital body functions like temperature). The low estrogen supposedly sends a signal to the hypothalamus that the body is too hot and the hot flash occurs as the body tries to remove the extra heat.
However, because much of the research done on hot flashes has been focused on treatment options, we don't know their exact cause. Hot flashes are supposedly benign and harmless. But if no one knows the exact cause, then how can we ethically call them benign? In fact, hot flashes may portend life threatening diseases: in men it can warn of prostate cancer and low testosterone levels, in women a pituitary gland tumor.
Solution to Hot Flashes
Since hot flashes in women and men are commonly associated with low estrogen levels and respectively low testosterone levels, most of the time the best solution will be getting support with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, or BHRT. BHRT matches the body?s natural hormones and sustains them at normal levels. That way the low hormones don?t cause any more hot flashes.To top that off, it will also decrease or stop all of the other symptoms of menopause or andropause.
However, since the cause of hot flashes is not 100 percent known, Dr. Kalitenko will first perform a full exam with necessary tests. He never assumes the cause is one thing when he hasn?t tested it for himself?everyone?s body is different, with unique balance and genetic makeup. Finding out the root cause of the issue is always the best solution.
Benefits of The Solution
When patients receive the support with Bioidentical Hormones, they often feel ten years younger. If your hot flashes are caused by a hormone imbalance, the symptoms of menopause might be decreased or discontinued and you are able to feel normal again.
If you are interested in getting rid of your hot flashes, call today to make an appointment. Patients are often amazed at how much they can learn about their own body from just one appointment. We will get to the bottom of your issue and do everything we can to relieve your hot flashes.