Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

How Can I Stop My Hot Flashes?

Thursday, 16 May 2013 10:29 AM

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Question: I’m a woman of 55 going through menopause and I suffer terrible hot flashes, but they seem to strike only when I eat. Is there anything I can do about this?
 
Dr. Hibberd’s answer:
 
Hot flashes that strike only when you eat may not necessarily be from menopausal hormone deficiency. Menopausal ("wet") flushing is usually accompanied by sweating. Dry flushing is commonly associated with vasodilator mediators, medications, and underlying disorders.
 
Dry flushing can also be caused by vitamins such as niacin, hot drinks, and alcohol in some people with certain conditions. Many chemicals, such as trichloroethylene, can cause flushing, as do spicy and sour foods, MSG, spices, nitrites, nitrates, and other additives.
 
Carcinoid syndrome often causes dry flushes that can be brought on by eating certain foods (cheese, chocolate, spices, plums, walnuts, avocados, red wine, red sausage, and eggplant). Stress can also be a contributing factor.
 
I’d recommend that you see your personal physician for an evaluation of your hot flashes. In the meantime, drugs such as Zyrtec may provide temporary relief.

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Dr. Hibberd's advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital work in emergency medicine and surgery.
 
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