Does your teen have frequent sweating episodes? Does his face turn while he suffers from the sweating episode? Does he suffer from a lack of breath too? If you encounter these situations more than once, there are chances that your teen is suffering from hot flashes. What are hot flashes in women? How do you manage them? How do you treat and prevent them in your teenage girl? Scroll down and read all about hot flashes in teens and the effects.
What Are Hot Flashes?
A hot flash is a feeling of warmth that spreads through the body. It is more prominent in the head and neck regions than other parts of the body. Hot flashes typically accompany perspiration or flashing.
Hot flashes(hot flushes) in women most commonly are due to menopause. According to The North American Menopause Society (NAMS), Once a woman has reached menopause, she may continue to have hot flashes for six months to five years. Learn about hot flashes in women the most common symptom of menopause.
Causes Of Hot Flashes In Teens:
Here, we list some causes of hot flushes in teenage girls.
- Medicines: Certain medications can cause hot flashes.
- Spicy Foods: Eating spicy foods also aggravates the problem of hot flashes.
- Alcohol: Alcohol is another major reason for hot flashes.
- Epilepsy: If your teenager has epilepsy, then he is prone to seizures and may report hot flash like symptoms during a seizure.
- Phobias: Hot flashes are physical symptoms of a severe phobia. A phobia is extreme anxiety response that is towards something that is not causing immediate danger.
- Premature Ovarian Insufficiency: Hot flashes in teenage girls are one of the symptoms of premature ovarian insufficiency. POI affects women between the ages of 15 and 29. The ovaries of women and girls with POI don’t make proper amounts of Estrogen, which hinders growth and development.
Symptoms Of Hot Flashes In Teenagers:
Hot flashes vary in frequency. Your child may have few or many in a day. Females experience hot flashes for more than a year. However, these flashes usually stop within four to five years. Also, such hot flashes usually go away in a few minutes, and they’re particularly common at night.
Following are the symptoms that occur during the episode of hot flushes in teenagers:
- Sudden increase in heartbeat
- Complexion becomes red during a hot flash as if you are blushing
- As the hot flash subsides, there is a feeling of chilling
- Perspiration occurs in the upper parts of the body
- During a hot flash, there is a sudden feeling of warmth that spreads over the upper body and face (1)
Treating Hot Flashes In Teens:
Hot flashes in young women are common during adolescence. In most cases, as puberty completes or the child hit full puberty, then the hot flushes may go away. Some treatment methods that help you deal with teenage hot flashes, include:
Low doses of certain antidepressants help decrease hot flashes. Some of the medications include:
- Fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem)
- Venlafaxine (Effexor XR, Pristiq)
- Paroxetine (Paxil, Pexeva)
Although these medications have side effects such as:
- Weight gain
- Dry mouth
- Sexual dysfunction
- Hormone Therapy:
The hormones used to reduce hot flashes are Estrogen and Progesterone. However, if you have a family history of uterus or breast cancer, then Estrogen therapy for your young girl is not a good option.
Hormone replacement therapy helps treat conditions like:
- Diseases of the hypothalamus or pituitary gland
- Certain types of cancer
- Genetic diseases.
- Morphine or anabolic steroids (2)
Home Remedies For Hot Flashes In Teens:
Making a slight change in the lifestyle works wonders for his health. Ask your child to inculcate certain habits and remain in the pink of health forever. Follow these steps to treat hot flashes naturally:
Follow meditation, slow and deep breathing techniques or other stress-reducing techniques to get rid of hot flashes without any medication.
- Lose Weight:
If your child is overweight or obese, show him how to get in shape. It will help ease his hot flashes.
- Stop Smoking:
Some teens indulge in smoking. Encourage your teenager to quit smoking. It has other health benefits apart from reducing hot flashes.
- Healthy food:
Hot and spicy foods, caffeinated beverages, and alcohol can trigger hot flashes, thus avoid such foods (3).
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