Patient discussion about HOT

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Q. How Can Hot Flashes Be Treated?

I am 62 years old. I have been experiencing hot flashes recently that really bother me. How can this be treated?
A1The problem of hot flashes is experienced by many women undergoing menopause. Until recent years, the main treatment offered, was the hormonal replacement therapy. Nowadays, this treatment is considered a bit problematic, therefore it is recommended to start with alternative options of treatment- a variety of natural supplements are available to try. It is also believed that dietary changes may relieve hot flashes. This includes avoiding caffeine, hot drinks, chocolate, spicy or hot foods and alcohol. Certain herbs are also believed to help.
A2Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may relieve many of the symptoms of menopause, mostly hot flashes. However, HRT may increase the risk of breast cancer, stroke, and dementia and has other potentially serious short-term and long-term risks. The U.S. FDA and women's health advocates recommend that women who experience troublesome hot flashes try alternatives to hormonal therapies as the first line of treatment. If a woman chooses hormones, they suggest she take the lowest dose that alleviates her symptoms for as short a time as possible.

Q. Hot flashes while on tamoxifen - is there anything to do?

Hello, Last year I was diagnosed with breast cancer, and after surgery and radiation, I was given tamoxifene. In the beginning it was OK, but now I have hot flashes. Usually I can to hold my self until It passes, but some times (like during work) it’s just so bothering- is there anything I can do to make these flashes go?
A1Just a short update, I took Riki's advice and went to see my doctor a couple of days ago - now I just have to wait and see if the medicine he gave me will do the trick.
A2If the flashes pose a significant problem, sometimes it’s possible to take drugs that prevent the flashes. You should consult your doctor about this option.
A3Hot flashes occur in about 50% of the women taking tamoxifen, so it’s reasonable that you’ll know women that don’t suffer from flashes. You can read more about it on the net, like here:
http://www.imaginis.com/breasthealth/side_effects.asp

Q. Does any one have any suggestions for hot flashes? Soy is prohibited.

AHi,

There are several options. First you can try to dress appropriately, exercise regularly refrain from certain foods, coffe and smoking. There are several dietary supplements that may curb your hot flashes such as black cohosh.

You can read more here (http://www.mayoclinic.com/print/hot-flashes/HQ01409/METHOD=print).

There are also medications to treat this condition (such as hormones, anti-depressant etc.) but they require prescription. You may consult your doctor to see what the best option for you is.

Q. does flaxseed work for hot flashes.is there anything else that helps?

going though menopause without hormones.
A1There have been some researches lately to see if flaxseed does indeed help with hot flashes. flaxseed was studied because it is a phytoestrogen (plant-based estrogen source). Flaxseed contains lignans and omega-3 fatty acids. The research found that it helped some of the women. You need to crush the flaxseed before you eat it in order to get all the oil out of it. You can try it, it is good for you anyway.
A2No flaxseeds does not work. But I have found something that does work.
Remifemin (estrogen free) the box said to take two a day. I only take one a day apon waking up. It took a week for pills to stop the hot flashes and night sweats, Give it a try.

Q. My dad was just burned from hot water what should he do to ease the pain?

My dad had just spilled hot tea on his thigh. Is there anything we can do to ease his pain? should we go to the hospital?
A1To ease the pain your dad can take some kind of NSAID (if he is not allergic to them of course) - though it's better to consult his doctor or the pharmacist. you can also take a wet towel and put it on the burned area. more important is that if its very painful or if it has blisters or if the burn is on the genitalia area - go to see a doctor because there is a risk (small risk but still) for serious damage.
A2First of all calm down. hot tea will rarely deal real damage if it is spilled just on the thigh.
If the burned area looks like this:
http://z.about.com/d/dermatology/1/0/U/burn2.JPG
its just a first degree burn and he can take a regular OTC medication - just ask the pharmacist.
if it looks like this: http://www.zimfamilycockers.com/JimZimsFeet-2ndDegreeBurns-May23-2005.jpg
go to the hospital

Q. can i treat Arthritis with hot packs? will it make any different?

AActually ostheoarthritis is known to be aleviated with heat and so hot packs may help. Cold weather is known to aggravate arthritis. You should try a combination of physical therapy or minimal exercise with hot packs.

Q. If you are an asthmatic, is it better to live in a cold climate or hot climate?

A1Well, I'm not a doctor and I guess you should consult one cause each patient can get allergic asthma from different things but as an asthmatic I can tell you it's not necessarily has to do with cold/warm tough humidity and haziness are definitely important factors for some of us. I tend to get more attacks in places with these factors and in my country, the city which is considered with the "best air" for asthmatics has a dry and cold weather...
A2Asthmatic people tend to develope more attacks under cold weather, and cold air is known to be a very common triger in strating an attack, regardless of the higher rate of respiratory infections during winter time. Warm air is known to give some benefit.
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