When you hear of hot flashes, what comes to your mind? Well, we have always associated this condition with women, and rightly so because of its appearance during menopause. Yet, we cannot eradicate the fact that men can suffer from hot flashes, too, in certain conditions like cancer.

Hot Flashes in Men As a Symptom of Prostate Cancer

Unlike women, men are not wired with hormones, so this condition, although a possibility, is still rare in men. The primary cause is androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) – a common treatment for prostate cancer that reduces testosterone levels.

According to a study, approximately 40% of men that have prostate cancer get ADT within 6 months of diagnosis.

During treatment, the intensity and frequency of hot flashes vary among individuals, with some experiencing them occasionally while others multiple times a day.

Symptoms of Hot Flashes in Men

While every male experiences hot flashes differently, here are some common symptoms to look out for.

  1. A sudden intense feeling of warmth in the body.
  2. Sweating profusely and flushed skin is seen clearly on the face and torso.
  3. Night chills and sweats.
  4. Increased heart rate.
  5. Feelings of anxiety.

How Long Does an Episode Of Hot Flash Last?

Usually, hot flash symptoms go down within a few minutes but overall may last up to 20 minutes. Even though hot flashes during ADT are not rare, a few factors, such as specific genetics, lower BMI, etc., may increase the likelihood of experiencing them.

Managing Hot Flashes and Night Sweats

Modifying your lifestyle can alleviate these symptoms to a considerable extent. Here are a few things you can do.

  1. Maintain Your Cool
    Keeping your body cool reduces the impact and occurrence of hot flashes. It is a good habit to dress in layers so that you may remove clothing when you feel warm. Use fans, ACs – air conditioners, or open windows to relax your environment.
  2. Avoid Trigger Edibles
    For some people, beverages like alcohol, caffeine, and spicy foods may onset hot flashes. If you notice the change happening to you right after eating or drinking a specific item, avoid them.
  3. Select Breathable Fabrics For Daily Wear
    Go for cotton bed sheets as well as clothes as they are more breathable and help keep away sweat from your body, keeping you cooler. In the case of night sweats, sleeping on cotton sheets compared to polyester can make a huge difference.
  4. Keep Up With Adequate Hydration with Cold Water
    Try sipping on cold water during a hot flash episode or when you start feeling warm. It is a good practice to drink a glass of cold water on your nightstand in case you wake up feeling hot.
  5. Ice Pack
    Cooling or so-called ice packs for the back of your neck or cooling pillows for nighttime use are a lifesaver. Moreover, carry a small handheld fan or a neck fan throughout the day to keep the sweat away.

Closing Note

Contact San Ramon Urgent Care to learn more about this and ways we can help you. We are at 9140 Alcosta Blvd Ste D, San Ramon, CA 94583. Call (925) 361-5959 (San Ramon), (209) 825-5155 (Manteca), or (209) 983-9000 (Lathrop) for more information.

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