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How can I keep cool to help prevent hot flashes?

Julia Schlam Edelman
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Hot weather triggers hot flashes, as does a warm room. Sometimes even slight increases in your body's core temperature can trigger a hot flash. Here are some suggestions for keeping cool:
  • Set the thermostat at a lower temperature.
  • Open a window.
  • If you're feeling hot, sip a cold drink.
  • Wear layers of light clothing. A sleeveless cotton shell under a shirt, sweater, or jacket works well. The outer layer can be peeled off, then replaced if a chill follows.
  • Choose loose-fitting cotton clothing, which breathes and is more comfortable.
  • Try using a personal fan, whether electric or hand-held.
  • Be Koool Strips are another option. The small strips adhere to the skin and provide local cooling for about eight hours. They may be purchased over the counter at a pharmacy.

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