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Male Hot Flashes

Male Hot Flashes

Male hot flashes aren't an oddity where you'd think only women experienced them. Find out how and why hot flashes take place in a man, and how to get treatment for the same...
Naomi Sarah
Male hot flashes, are very similar to that of a woman's, in that the sensations like intense heat waves on the face, upper body and neck, ending in an uncomfortable sensation of clammy, cold sweat, are the same. When men experience hot flashes, they feel these heat sensations along with the other symptoms, that last up to a few minutes to an hour. Men who've been castrated, also experience hot flashes, as well as a decrease in testosterone levels. We look into why and how these hot flashes come about, what causes them, along with treatment measures.

Causes

Hot flashes in men take place due to different evidential reasons, that prove that the following can be linked to this problem.

Andropause
Andropause is a situation in which testosterone levels when low, confuse the thermal control center within the brain, that is the hypothalamus, that the body is being overheated. The hypothalamus then reacts by sending signals to the blood vessels, to widen in order to expel excess heat from the body. So when a man experiences hot flashes, it is due to the body's attempt to keep its insides cool, and not hot. This is known as severe testosterone deficiency. Men between the age group of 40 to 55 even as late as 60 years of age, experience hot flashes, due to male menopause. When testosterone and androgen (hormone present in the testes, that govern male sexual characteristics) levels are significantly low, what takes place is called a partial androgen deficiency of the aging male or PADAM in short.

Reaction to Medication
Certain food additives showcase side effects that are similar to that of hot flashes. These medicines are nifedipine, calcitonin, cephalexin, niacin, nitroglycerin and vancomycin. Even treatments for hormone deprivation therapy, can cause hot flashes.

Tumors/Cancer
There may be a reason why hot flashes occur, besides the aforementioned ones, like a case of testicular cancer or prostate cancer. This can affect a man's hormonal levels, causing hot flashes and night sweats, including pain in the groin. Additional symptoms caused by hot flashes are due to the presence of tumors, located either in the hypothalamus, or the pituitary glands.

Diet Related
The presence of food additives like MSG, can lead to hot flashes. Certain foods can contain this additive, and must be avoided in order to cancel out its effects. To keep a track of which foods cause the effect, make a mental note of what you've eaten 48 hours prior to the signs.

Symptoms

Men who experience hot flashes, but aren't aware that what they go through is a result of the same, can look into these hot flash symptoms.
  • Flushed face, with puffy, red skin, even on the chest and neck area.
  • Heart rate increases.
  • Pressure felt in the head, during the onset of a hot flash
  • Fatigue
  • Chills (as the hot flash starts to die down)
  • Feeling weak.
  • Extreme warmth rushing to the facial area.
  • Perspiration
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling faint.
  • Teary-eyed.
  • Difficulty sleeping due to night sweats.
  • Difficulty in concentrating on work/activities.
  • Itchy skin sensation.
  • Mood swings.
  • Clammy hands.
  • Depression
  • Hair starts to thin/fall.
  • Weight gain.
  • Tensed muscles.
  • Aching muscles/joints.
  • Body odor is different.
  • Osteoporosis
  • Bleeding gums
  • Burning sensation in the mouth.
  • Tinnitus (ringing in one's ears)
  • Brittle/soft nails.
Treatment

Many hot flash treatments, end up with men either having high blood pressure, or dealing with side effects that come up when taking those medications. Therefore, you'll find herbal remedies for hot flashes here, that will help you get over them, easing it as it comes.
  • Wild yam can be used to help cut down on the frequency of mood swings, depression, lethargy and night sweats.
  • Saw palmetto lowers levels of dihydrotestosterone, to prevent hair loss and help ease prostate glands from acting up.
  • Ginseng is known as a Chinese remedy to ease the outcome of hot flashes.
  • Black cohosh tea can help men reduce hormonal secretions that are responsible for causing night sweats
  • Red clover can be used to improve circulation in the arteries as well help keep one's sexual drive from dwindling.
Hot flashes in men are most likely to take place as age falls upon a man. If the signs and symptoms persist, be sure to get it checked out by a doctor, and get the recommended medication that you need.