A hot flash is a sudden sensation of heat in the upper body. It may start in the face, neck, or chest,and progress upward or downward.
The skin may become red and patchy, and a woman will typically start to sweat. Her heart rate may suddenly increase, strengthen, or become irregular. Hot flashes generally occur during the first year after a woman’s final period.
Hot flashes that occur during the sleep cycle are called night sweats. Most women say their hot flushes do not last more than a few minutes. However, studies have confirmed that moderate-to-severe night sweats and hot flashes may pose a problem for around 10.2 years.
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