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Sweating At Night (Definition)

Night sweats may be a sign of an overactive thyroid, vitamin d deficiency, or a more serious problem like hodgkin's disease. The most common cause is probably just a heavy mattress and a warm room. The result is the same: waking up overheated and sweaty. Some people have a problem with sweating not just at night. ...Read more


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I have been having a lot of night sweats and cold chills during the day. So strange for me....

I have been having a lot of night sweats and cold chills during the day. So strange for me....

See an ID doctor: There are multiple possible explanations for this and the people who are trained to be clinical detectives are the infectious diseases experts. This sounds as if you are having persistent fevers. You chill when the body's thermostat turns up. This generates heat & you have fever. The body temperature is reduced when you sweat, as one of the mechanisms for losing heat. See an id doctor. ...Read more

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Is it common to have night sweats after giving birth?

Is it common to have night sweats after giving birth?

Yes: The changes in hormones that happen after childbirth can often result in night sweats and hot flashes. ...Read more

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What can I do or take to ease the hot/cold flashes and night sweats?

Hormone balancing: Night sweats: there are many potential causes to sweating at night. The term night sweats generally refers to excessive sweating at night related to a hormone imbalance.

There is no one answer to explain the origin of sweating at night. Some common causes are: infection, some cancers, several medications, low blood sugars and a host of other less common reasons.

Were going to focus in on the hormone imbalance commonly seen in menopause, although by no means limited to menopause. We have seen a common night sweats picture in the men with prostate cancer with elevated estrogen levels. Swelling often starts around your neck

We generally start with saliva testing which allows us to identify what the hormone imbalance actually is and treat accordingly. When we don't start with saliva testing we very often get very good success with progesterone cream in the form of wild yam cream. There are many different preparations of wild yam cream on the market and often the preparation does not have enough progesterone cream to be effective.

The above is the simple answer the better answer is to work with a healthcare professional who has experiencing natural hormone therapy.

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I have night sweats and then get cold, my sheets, hair, everuthing is wet. What could this be?

Many causes: Depending on your age, sex and health, many things come to mind. Hot flashes of menopause can do this. If not the case, undiagnosed cancers, tb, thyroid disease and other infecitons can be the cause. You should get in for and exam and testing. This could be benign or very very serious. Best to you. ...Read more

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I suffered a mild concussion two weeks ago and am now having night sweats over the past few days. Is this common?

I suffered a mild concussion two weeks ago and am now having night sweats over the past few days. Is this common?

It is not uncommon: It is not uncommon specially with your condition. If symptoms persist it would be good to consult an specialist .
In the mean time you should rest from sport and activities. ...Read more

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I have night sweats but it's only my upper thighs I wake up and my sheets are wet and my skin is cold and damp is this a thing ?

I have night sweats but it's only my upper thighs I wake up and my sheets are wet and my skin is cold and damp is this a thing ?

Need more info: Have you lost weight? If you have not lost weight, the sweating while inconvenient is not likely to be serious. Try sleeping with fewer covers. ...Read more

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I have been have cold night sweats, and just feel drained all day, getting plenty of sleep and suggestions night sweats once or twice a week

I have been have cold night sweats, and just feel drained all day, getting plenty of sleep and suggestions night sweats once or twice a week

See your doctor: Night sweats can be experience by people with sleep apnea, chronic infections, metabolic problems and malignancies. Women experience nightsweats/hot flashes during menopause. Night sweats disrupt sleep and lead to daytime sleepiness and/or fatigue. Without more information, i would recommend you discuss your symptoms with your doctor. ...Read more

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31mnth boy cold night sweats for a month. Cool to the touch. Breezy, cool room, not too warm! No other symptoms. Ok/normal? (Apnea. T&A in 2 weeks).

Night sweats: After a month I would suggest a physical exam and if no illness or other problem then he is probably too warm even though he doesn't seem like it ...Read more

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Can extreme stress cause cold sores and night sweats?

Can extreme stress cause cold sores and night sweats?

Yes: It's important to distinguish between acute and chronic stress. Acute stress enhances immune response. Not likely to cause cold sores. Chronic stress can impair the immune system and make us more vulnerable to infections like herpes Or to reactivation of herpes. Sweats can be caused by stress. But night sweats can be something serious. It's worth seeing a doc and reporting the night sweats. ...Read more

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Night sweats common for 22 year old female? Just started happening two nights ago. Don't disrupt sleep and haven't lost weight.

Night sweats common for 22 year old female? Just started happening two nights ago. Don't disrupt sleep and haven't lost weight.

Night sweats: There are many causes for night sweats from the clothes you wear to bed to the food you eat a night. If you are on medication that could cause itor you may be coming down with an infection discuss it with your doctor. ...Read more

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Night sweats, feet are either hot or cold and bloating. What's wrong with me?

Nerveous system issu: Autonomic nerves control all these systems. I think an advanced neurologist who knows more than usual about autonomic nerveous system can help. There might be treatment available like beta blockers for this situation. Of course you need individual evaluation. ...Read more

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I am 27. Last period 3 days ago. Night sweats for 10 days now. They wake me up feeling cold! 169cm 57kg. What do u suspect? What to do?

I am 27. Last period 3 days ago. Night sweats for 10 days now. They wake me up feeling cold! 169cm 57kg. What do u suspect? What to do?

Unrelated?: Your night sweats may or may not have anything to do with your periods. You need to start taking your temperature, not when you awaken, because it the sweating bringing the temp down, but if this happens at the same time, wake up 20 mins before the sweat and take your temp. If you have been running fevers, go and see a doctor. This has the potential to be serious. Good luck. ...Read more

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My husband is 43 just quit smoking. He has drenching night sweats and cold sweats. He lost 20 pounds in a few months. What could be going on?

Checkup needed: I'm glad your husband has stopped smoking -- congratulations to him! but with fatigue, weight loss, and drenching night sweats, he needs a thorough evaluation with his physician. There could be some chronic -- and potentially life-threatening -- infection or other problem going on. Please encourage him to seek medical help as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I've been waking up in the night with cold night sweats sometimes following vivid dreams. Room temp and bedding have not changed. What's going on?

I've been waking up in the night with cold night sweats sometimes following vivid dreams. Room temp and bedding have not changed. What's going on?

Many causes: Night sweats With vivid dreams have many causes other than the ones you mentioned. Medications can cause it. Taking meds like cymbalta (duloxetine) or even missed doses from it (withdrawals) can do it. Night time hypoglycemia can do it. Are you diabetic? Lookup somogyi effect. ...Read more

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I've been experiencing low grade fevers of 99.6-101 F only at night for around 3 weeks accompanied by fatigue, cold chills and night sweats.

I've been experiencing low grade fevers of 99.6-101 F only at night for around 3 weeks accompanied by fatigue, cold chills and night sweats.

Something’s up. : While your symptoms are non-specific, they suggest that something is going on that deserves investigation. If you were only symptomatic like this for a few days, I could suggest a viral infection. But with three weeks of symptoms and significant fevers, you need an investigation into cause. ...Read more

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Had been Prednisone for 14 days. Started at 20mg/day, increased to 40mg/day then stopped cold. Now having night sweats. Is it a withdrawal symptom?

Had been Prednisone for 14 days. Started at 20mg/day, increased to 40mg/day then stopped cold.  Now having night sweats.  Is it a withdrawal symptom?

No: A short course of prednisone should still be tapered, though the danger is little. The night sweats aren't withdrawal. You need proper medical workup including having your heart checked -- it would be a shame to miss endocarditis -- and a search for other causes. ...Read more

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I've started prazosin (abt 2 wks) and have been suffering from frequent urination and night sweats. Are these common side effects and will they stop?

I've started prazosin (abt 2 wks) and have been suffering from frequent urination and night sweats. Are these common side effects and will they stop?

Prazosin effects: I understand your distress.
Thank you for informing that you are 20 years old. It is not clear –for what condition, you are using Prazosin.
It is prescribed for high blood pressure. Frequent urination can be its side effect.
At times, it is used for PTSD, which can have symptoms of nightmares and sweating. For traumatic experiences, see a Psychiatrist for Therapy; and discuss other medications ...Read more

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I had a cold that turned into bronchitis over 2 weeks. No fever but I've had night sweats the entire time even on days I've felt mostly healthy. Why?

Many causes: There are many causes of night sweats that may be related to infectious etiologies or others causes. Persistent sweating for 2 weeks as you mentioned requires evaluation by physician. See this link too: http://www.webmd.com/menopause/guide/8-causes-of-night-sweats ...Read more

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I have chest cold with thick colored mucus hasn't subsided in 5 days, now also presents with night sweats. Normal progression or time to see a MD?

I have chest cold with thick colored mucus hasn't subsided in 5 days, now also presents with night sweats. Normal progression or time to see a MD?

Progressing cold: Time to see a doctor /urgent care. You are having progressive /worsening symptoms with sweats s that maybe pneumonia. You may need antibiotics ...Read more

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Excessive night sweats, bad sleep, back pain since 2 weeks. Can this be due to my new foam mattress and using two blankets as the room is quite cold?

Excessive night sweats, bad sleep, back pain since 2 weeks. Can this be due to my new foam mattress and using two blankets as the room is quite cold?

Not necessarily: As a mattress change can affect your sleep and cause back pain, but less likely night sweats. Some mattress/sheet combos do not breath well, so I can't say it's impossible that it's all related to the mattress/blanket combo. But I would try to switch over to a lightweight cotton(or other natural) fiber blanket and see how you feel. Otherwise, seek an in-person eval for other issues at hand. ...Read more

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Should I be worried? Room is very cold, so I sleep with lots of blankets, mild night sweats x3 weeks. NOT drenching, just moist chest, hair, back. 27F

Should I be worried? Room is very cold, so I sleep with lots of blankets, mild night sweats x3 weeks. NOT drenching, just moist chest, hair, back. 27F

Sweats: If you are only having mild night sweats you may simply be getting too warm under the blankets you are sleeping with. You might want to check your body temperature before you go to bed each night for a few days and if normal and you have no other symptoms would not worry. Hope all is well. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I'm a woman approaching 40, on HCTZ 12.5 mg for about 6 months, but otherwise healthy. Ever since I was a kid, I get so hot when I sleep it wakes me up. Not night sweats, but so overheated! This happens year round and even if I feel cold when I fall aslee

I'm a woman approaching 40, on HCTZ 12.5 mg for about 6 months, but otherwise healthy. Ever since I was a kid, I get so hot when I sleep it wakes me up. Not night sweats, but so overheated! This happens year round and even if I feel cold when I fall aslee

Incomplete question.: Your question cut off. If you have not had thyroid function testing, that should be done. If your doc did not give you a reasonable explanation, ask for a referral for a second opinion. So people are just 'hot-natured.' Visit Alaska and see if you are comfortable there! ...Read more

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I have been on Keflex for 10 days. Still bleeding and in severe pain with fever night sweats and cold chills. What is the next step?

I have been on Keflex for 10 days. Still bleeding and in severe pain with fever night sweats and cold chills. What is the next step?

In the direction of: With continued bleeding and severe pain, the next step is usually in the direction of the nearest emergency room. This is without having any idea of what else is going on, as this question lacks such details. But, regardless of what medication is being used, continued bleeding and severe pain need to be checked by a doctor. One can call her primary doctor, if the doctor is immediately available. ...Read more

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I had night sweats, fatigue, headache, the occasional cold sore. Stuff like that over the past 5 months. What should I do?

See a doctor: Hi. Unless you're sleeping under too many blankets or the heat's on too high, night sweats need evaluation. Your gender's not stated, but it's a little early for bad perimenopausal symptoms. Talk with your doc about this, and get the appropriate diagnostic tests. Good luck! ...Read more

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I had the night sweats, fatigue, the headache, the occasional cold sore stuff like that over the past 5 months.. what do I do?

I had the night sweats, fatigue, the headache, the occasional cold sore stuff like that over the past 5 months.. what do I do?

See your doctor: Hi. Having those symptoms for 5 months is not normal. Any weight loss and/or loss of appetite? I'd suggest you see your doc for a diagnostic evaluation. ...Read more

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I am suffering from anorexia and restricts my intake to 200 calories/day. I have night sweats every night, I am sweaty but still cold Why ? How come ?

I am suffering from anorexia and restricts my intake to 200 calories/day. I have night sweats every night, I am sweaty but still cold Why ? How come ?

You need a medical c: A medical check is necessary to help you sort this problem out. Have you seen any doctor or not yet? You can not survive on such little amount of food that you claim to me taking in! Anything less than 1, 000 calories perday is inadequate. So get to see a PCP immediately to find out the cause of your problem and its possible solutions. ...Read more

Night Sweats (Definition)

Sleep hyperhidrosis, more commonly known as the night sweats, is the occurrence of excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) during sleep. The sufferer may or may not also suffer from excessive perspiration while awake. Sleep hyperhidrosis may occur at any age, but is most commonly ...Read more


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