Menopause hot flushes, or hot flashes as they are commonly called, are the most common type of side effect or symptom of menopause. While this is the most common side effect that menopausal women experience, it is also the most confusing one. Many women who experience menopause hot flushes often have a habit of ignoring a fever when it comes on. Fevers and hot flashes often look and feel the same, but they are dramatically different. It is important to know the difference between the two. Here is a closer look at the difference between menopause hot flushes and fevers, and when you should consider consulting a doctor.
Menopause hot flushes are defined as a sudden feeling of warmth that usually overtakes the upper part of the body. Hot flushes, or hot flashes rarely travel anywhere but the upper part of the body. The upper part of the body includes the face, shoulders, chest, and neck. Menopause hot flushes appear suddenly, and usually disappear just as quickly as they arrived. Hot flashes can sometimes be accompanied by profuse sweating, an anxious feeling, and slight reddening of the cheeks.
Fevers are dramatically different from menopause hot flushes. Women who are experiencing a fever may feel warm, but the sensation is usually gradual and can take several hours to subside. Fevers, unlike menopause hot flushes, can also raise a person’s body temperature. Hot flushes never raise a person’s body temperature. Women who are experiencing a fever will also feel warm all over, not just their upper body. A person could put their hand on a leg or foot, and it would feel just as warm as the upper part of the body. Fevers are often mistaken for hot flashes because the body will suddenly feel warm, and they can sometimes be accompanied by profuse sweating and a general unwell feeling.
Women rarely need to seek medical attention for Menopause hot flushes. Menopause hot flushes can be uncomfortable and sometimes unbearable, but they rarely cause physical problems. If the hot flushes get extremely uncomfortable, there are several alternative treatments such as herbal supplements and hormone replacement therapy that can help cure or treat the hot flushes. A fever on the other hand should be checked out by a medical professional if it is over 102. A fever can be an indication that there is a bacterial or viral infection that needs to be treated by a medical professional.