Your face feels like it's on fire, and the sweating causes your clothes to stick to your body. As quickly as it comes, the feeling passes. Until the next time.
I know the flashes will eventually go away, but that could be months or years from now. In the meantime, I researched what I could do to help alleviate them. Some suggestions:
- Cut back on coffee. I only drink one with breakfast, and very occasionally a second in the afternoon. Don't know if I want to decrease that.
- Get more exercise-- Doing it.
- Make dietary changes. My diet already has lots of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. The only thing I might want to do is add soy-rich foods; some Websites said that's helpful.
- Make wardrobe changes. Friends who have been through this have told me that clothes that don't constrict are good, and loose cotton clothes are the best because they absorb moisture. I can't do much about my work uniform (long sleeved white shirt, black pants, and closed-toe shoes), but at home I'm all about the t-shirts, shorts, and flip-flops.
- Avoid "heated” situations. I keep the temperature comfortably cool in the house, and run the ceiling fan in the bedroom at night. At home, I could take a cool shower for instant relief. If I'm not at home, I should try to avoid hot places. (This made me laugh. That would be impossible during a normal St. Louis summer, let alone the record-breaking hot one we've been having! I guess it could be a goal, though.)
- Use vitamins and herbal remedies. There are multiple suggestions on the Internet, all saying they're the "best". When I was at the grocery store this morning I perused their pharmacy section. They had several products on the shelf, but they weren't cheap. If I could find the right remedy I wouldn't mind spending the money, but I don't want to buy something that isn't going to work