Information on Hot Flashes
All instances of the hot flashes, both in women and in men arealways caused by hormonal problems and imbalances. Women experience hot flashesduring the menopause because of imbalanced levels of estrogen. Hot flashes thataffect male persons are associated with certain testosterone problems. The levelsof testosterone get decreased but in most cases it is a gradual process thattakes years in order to be noticed.
The exception to this rule addresses menwho have prostate cancer and need androgen deprivation therapy. Reduction ofhormone production can be helpful in some cases as a temporary measure whichboosts the efficiency of radiation therapy. The treatment involves the use ofinjections or drugs, but in the past it had to be done by using surgicalcastration.
The patients who need to receive androgen deprivation therapyusually suffer from hot flashes. Hypothalamus is located in the brain and itspurpose is to control the temperature in the human body. The blood vessels getwider, and the flushing occurs, only to be followed by excessive sweating inorder to cool the body off.
Symptoms and Treatment
Hot flashes can be characterized by sudden occurrences ofexcess warmth and flushing which affect the head and the trunk. Excess sweatingand redness are also very common in most cases of hot flashes. Theseoccurrences almost always happen during the night and they usually do not lastfor more than just a few minutes.
They are always followed by excessive amountsof cold sweats. In some cases it may also be accompanied by palpitations,anxiety or irritability. Most patients recover from hot flashes in a few monthsafter the end of the androgen deprivation therapy. Certain rare cases may lastup to several years after the stopping of the treatment.
The treatment for hotflashes in women usually relied on hormone replacement therapy but this methodis known of causing certain serious medical conditions in some cases.
Other remediesmay include antihypertensive medications, vitamins and soy products but theyhave only been helpful with a small number of cases. Some studies have shownthat female hormones can be very efficient in treating hot flushes in men.Certain side effects such as breast tenderness and breast swelling may occur insome cases.
Some other side effects may include weight gain, abdominal bloatingand an increase in PSA levels. Antidepressants can be much more efficient andonly certain rare cases have involved side effects such as increased bloodpressure and sexual dysfunction. Certainseizure medications can also be helpful in some cases.