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[Article]Could Cold Sweats and Flushing Be a Sign of Menopause?

Menopause can bring a variety of symptoms, among which cold sweats and flushing are quite common. This article will introduce you to hot flashes, a typical menopausal symptom, and share some coping strategies for sudden cold sweats and flushing.

Table of Contents

  • Are Cold Sweats and Flushing Signs of Menopause?

  • How to Handle Sudden Cold Sweats and Flushing

  • Conclusion


Are Cold Sweats and Flushing Signs of Menopause?

Hot flashes are a hallmark symptom of menopause. They are characterized by sensations of warmth, sweating, and sometimes a feeling of being flushed, particularly in the upper body. These symptoms are believed to be triggered by an overproduction of hormones sent from the brain to the ovaries. The hypothalamus in the brain, which regulates body temperature, sweating, and blood vessels, can disrupt the autonomic nervous system when these hormones are overproduced, leading to hot flashes.


How to Handle Sudden Cold Sweats and Flushing

Cooling the Neck Area

Cooling the neck, where large blood vessels are located, can help alleviate cold sweats and flushing. You can use a cold, damp towel, wet wipes, or cooling gel sheets. Purchasing items like an ice neck pillow or a cooling towel, especially useful in summer, is also recommended.

Deep Abdominal Breathing

If hot flashes are causing the cold sweats and flushing, you might also experience an increased heartbeat. Move to a well-ventilated area or change into more breathable clothing and practice deep abdominal breathing.

Acupressure Points

There are two main acupressure points to help control sweating.


Yinjiao Point

Located centrally between the collarbone and the top of the breast on both sides. When sweating is a concern, gently press this point for 1-2 minutes.


Dahou Point

Found where the line straight down from the armpit meets the line from the solar plexus. Maiko and stage actors often compress this area with their obi (sash), believed to help reduce facial sweating.


Using a Handheld Fan

A handheld fan can also provide relief from sudden flushing. There are many portable and battery-powered fans available that are convenient to carry around, so having one can be reassuring.


Conclusion

Menopause can cause a range of symptoms. If they become severe enough to disrupt daily life, consulting a specialist is advisable.


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