A hot flash is an intense feeling of warmth that permeates throughout your body in a very short period of time. Hot flashes are mainly associated with menopause, but women can experience this uncomfortable feeling after childbirth or any time they have a hormonal imbalance. Remedies for hot flashes range from changing your diet to using hormone replacement therapy and antidepressant medications.
Spicy food and caffeinated drinks can intensify and trigger hot flashes. Keep a food diary to help identify triggers and avoid problem foods. Switch to decaf teas and coffees as a measure of relief.
A regular exercise program can help minimize hot flash episodes. Aim for three 30 minute sessions of aerobic exercise each week. Walking, jogging or biking are all examples of aerobic exercise.
Becoming overheated can trigger a hot flash. Wear layers of clothing that can be easily removed as needed. A well-ventilated home with air conditioning or open windows can help keep your body temperature down and stave off a hot flash.
Try taking some slow, deep breaths--called paced respiration--as a remedy for hot flashes. Some women find yoga or meditation to be an effective stress-reducer that puts a stop to hot flashes.
Hormone replacement therapy is an option for menopausal women and may reduce the number of hot flashes they have. Estrogen or progesterone therapy can even out a hormone imbalance that leads to hot flashes. Antidepressants such as Paxil and Prozac may alleviate hot flashes as well.