Clothes & gadgets to help hot flushes

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Many women have found it useful to change the type of clothes they wear to help their hot flushes. It is always good to wear cotton clothing rather than polyester or other man made fibres, as cotton absorbs moisture and still provides warmth after a flush is over

Nighties made from a special microfibre cotton material  allows your skin to breathe.

Andy Cooler' scarves wrapped around the neck or head can help to keep you cool. 

Try wearing layers of clothing that can be taken off or put on as your body temperature changes

Use several layers of bedclothes (natural fabrics are better) which you can remove as required

Try using sprays or moist wipes to help lower your skin temperature (you could add pleasant smelling oils to the spray, such as peppermint which has cooling properties or lavender which has a relaxing effect.

An electric fan placed on a desk or table to help lower your skin temperature

If you are not sleeping well because of flushes, try to find time to have a rest during the day

Try to avoid warm, stuffy rooms as they can make flushes worse.

Take plenty of cool baths and showers

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