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hot flush

colloquialism for a vasomotor symptom of the climacteric characterized by sudden vasodilation with a sensation of heat, usually involving the face and neck, and upper part of the chest. Compare: hot flash.
Synonym(s): hot flash

hot flush

n. Chiefly British
A hot flash.
A symptom complex afflicting 80–85% of middle-aged women, first occurring during perimenopause, continuing with decreased intensity for years, appearing as transient waves of erythaema and uncomfortable warmth beginning in the upper chest, face and neck, followed by fine sweating and chills. Hot flashes are precipitated by emotional stress, meals and environmental cues, and are more intense if ovaries are surgically removed than if the decline of ovarian function is less abrupt
Mechanism Hot flashes are attributed to central alpha2-adrenergic activity
Aetiology Idiopathic, due to response of autonomic nervous system to decreased oestrogens; they are responsible for osteoporosis, atrophy of vaginal epithelium, leukorrhea and pruritus
Management While hormones—e.g., oestrogens in women and androgens in men—ameliorate symptoms of age-related hormonal decline, they are contraindicated in women with breast cancer, and in men with prostate cancer; megestrol acetate decreases hot flashes by 85%—vs. 20% with placebos. Oestrogen replacement ‘drives’ proliferation of endometrial tissue, which may result in adenomatous hyperplasia and occasionally endometrial carcinoma
Note: Hot flashes occur in eunuchs and in most men who have been acutely deprived of testosterone as in castration, a therapeutic modality for advanced prostate carcinoma; diethylstilbestrol may stop the flashes, but exacerbates cardiovascular disease and blood clots; in Europe, cyproterone acetate is used

flush

, flushing (flush) (flush'ing)
1. Sudden redness of the skin.
2. Irrigation of a cavity, or a device such as a feeding tube, with water.

hot flush

Flash.

malar flush

A bright-colored flush over the malar area and cheekbones. It may be associated with any febrile disease.
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A woman having a hot flush often feels stifled and may throw open a window or wander outside to try and get some fresh air.
Rather than fighting a hot flush, it is always better to try and relax while it is happening ( try yoga and deep breathing exercises.
Cleavers helps reduce heat in the body and rose is calming and gently reduces stress, which can be a trigger point for a hot flush.
Wear layers of light clothing so you can whip them off when you have a hot flush.