Cool down fast: 10 ways to stop hot flashes in their tracks

September 10, 2012 at 12:00 am in Healthy Living by VN Editors

The Vibrant Nation Health Guide Recognizing and Treating Menopause Symptoms: A 50+ Woman’s Guide to Managing Hot Flashes, Weight Gain, Mood Swings, Depression, Vaginal Dryness, Night Sweats, and Other Menopause Symptoms offers several proven, long-term solutions you can try to relieve the pain and suffering from hot flashes, but sometimes you just can’t wait. For that reason, we’ve gathered the best short-term solutions recommended by women over 50 to stop hot flashes fast.

5 things you can do to stop hot flashes at home:

  1. Put ice on your wrist (and any other part of your body that can stand it).  As one member said, “This is weird but works.”
  2. Put your head in the freezer. You may have thought you were crazy to consider this approach to cooling down fast.   Be assured that you aren’t the first one to try this, or the first (or last) woman to find relief where she can.  And if you have access to a walk-in cooler, even better!
  3. Here’s one thing not to do: Don’t fan yourself. Scientific studies have actually proven that the movement required to fan yourself raises your body temperature more than the cooling effect from the surface evaporation from fanning (isn’t it great that scientists actually study stuff like this!).
  4. Snack on a Popsicle or fruit you’ve chopped up and frozen (watermelon, pineapple and grapes work really well.)
  5. Take a pair of cotton socks, rinse them in cold water, wring them until they are damp and put them on. Cooling your feet lowers the overall temperature of your skin and body.

Traveling with menopause symptoms: 5 ways to cool down fast on the road:

  1. Cleavage Coolers. You may have seen these on television.  Many women swear by them.  Small ice packs that you freeze overnight slip between your breasts or anywhere next to your body for an instant cooling effect.  They stay cold in your bra for up to 3 hours.  (Obviously, the more cleavage you had to hide these freezer-packs, the better.)
  2. Cooling lotions or gels. Some women swear by cooling body lotions available over the counter that generate immediate skin cooling during hot flashes.
  3. Wear more layers – so you can take one off.  If you’re experiencing hot flashes, you should also wear natural fibers (no synthetics) for breathability, and you should add them in light layers.  One reason: there’s always a layer to remove, leaving you immediately cooler than before.
  4. Carry a portable fan. Yes, this can look ridiculous, but you don’t always have to use them in front of other people.  If you have one in your purse, you can use them in the privacy of your office, your car, or the bathroom.
  5. Refrigerated baby wipes. Because you can’t always find or use a cool washcloth!  Try keeping a small batch of baby wipes in your refrigerator and throwing them in your purse when you leave home.  If you’re lucky, they’ll still be cool for a quick wipe-down when your hot flash hits.

For more helpful information about how to stop hot flashes and hormonal night sweats during menopause, download our free special report 5 Proven Remedies to Reduce Hot Flashes During Menopause.

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