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Hot Flashes: How Hot is Hot?

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Hot flashes - how can I measure them?How do I know how severe my hot flashes are?

Not all hot flashes are created equal. They come in all variations of intensity, duration, and frequency. So when your doctor asks you how severe your hot flashes are, it’s important to know where you fall on the scale.

Even though hot flashes vary from woman to woman, most women will have their own consistent pattern. One of the best ways to find your pattern is to start measuring, counting, and logging your hot flashes in a symptom journal.

Measure


Here are some basic guidelines for gauging intensity:

Mild: minimal increase in body temperature—barely noticeable.
Moderate: obvious increase in body temperature, usually combined with sweating and accelerated heartbeat.
Severe: major, overwhelming increase in body temperature.

Count


How many times a day are you having hot flashes?
How long does each episode last?

Log


Be thorough as you log each hot flash. A detailed record will give you a good idea of how severe your hot flashes are. If you are experiencing frequent, intense hot flashes that interrupt your daily activities, it may be time to talk to your doctor about some treatment options.

If you go to the doctor, don’t forget to take your journal with you. Given plenty of detailed information, your doctor can help you find a treatment option for however hot your hot is.


This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

07-09-2015 - 01:56 PM


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