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How to Look Cool When You're Hot

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How to Look Cool When You're HotIf you’ve been having hot flashes from menopause, it might be time to do some shopping. If you head to the mall for some clothes shopping, you can get some bonus exercise while shopping. Doing online shopping can let you stay cool by sitting under a fan and soaking your feet in a bucket of ice water since hot flashes are hot, hot, hot.

Where or how you shop isn’t what’s important – it’s what you purchase to wear. Believe it or not, some types of clothing can help you keep some hot flashes at bay. So while you're shopping, keep these tips in mind:

Choose Your Fabrics


You want clothes made out of fabrics that are breathable and will let air flow through them. Linen, chambray, rayon and cotton can be good options. Some women also like silk as it's lightweight, while others find silk makes them sweat more. You can also choose moisture wicking materials, high performance pieces, and those advertised for women in menopause. Those can be made from special materials that help keep you cooler and absorb sweat during hot flashes.

Dress in Layers


Besides choosing clothes made from breathable fabrics, dressing in layers helps. If you're out in public, it’s important to make sure all layers can be worn appropriately. That way you can take off layers as you warm up and still remain clothed well for your environment. If you have hot flashes at work for example, your employer probably won’t allow you to peel down to a bikini.

Avoid Constricting Clothing


Clothing that's tight or constrictive may help trigger hot flashes and may make hot flashes more uncomfortable. Some of the types of clothing you should avoid are tight waistbands – even on loose clothing, pantyhose, tights, jeans, and compression underwear. Instead, choose clothes that are comfortable and loose -- especially in the summer. A tailored look doesn’t have to be constricting and can give you different layering options.

Go for Skirts and Dresses


When you're dealing with hot flashes, dresses and skirts can help keep you cool. They’re also versatile and can be worn for dress-up, work, casual, and even exercising. Choose styles that are loose but flattering for your figure. Some dress styles also give you options for laying because you can add a jacket, sweater, vest, or scarf.

Pay Attention to Patterns


While the color of materials won’t prevent or cause hot flashes, they can help by making hot flashes look less obvious and give you more confidence so you might be able to cope better. For one, some fabrics won’t show embarrassing sweat spots. Also, colorful accessories, shoes, or clothing pieces can help you feel more confident and attractive despite the trouble with hot flashes.

Don’t Forget Your Nightwear


What you wear when sleeping can cause night sweats, so the material of your gowns and pjs are important, too. They also need to be made from breathable fabrics and shouldn’t be constricting. You should also be careful of the materials for your blankets and how many you use, as some materials can cause more body heat to be trapped and too many blankets could cause you to heat up.


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.


03-12-2018 - 01:27 PM


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