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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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Night sweats after flu, Normal way of body clearing out extra germs from the illness? Been having sweats for 2 nights. Only After my fever was gone?

Night sweats after flu, Normal way of body clearing out extra germs from the illness? Been having sweats for 2 nights. Only After my fever was gone?

Fever/night sweats: Are part of body's response to infection. Immune response is improved at higher body temperature. You might still be spiking temps while having night sweats. ...Read more

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What helps with night sweats for 2 nights? Could it be the flu?

Could be anything: Take Aspirin or tylenol (acetaminophen) before you go to bed. If this persists or you have other symptoms, see your family doctor. ...Read more

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My son just got over the flu but now he has been having excessive night sweats. Is this normal.?

My son just got over the flu but now he has been having excessive night sweats. Is this normal.?

Maybe: It may be part of the healing process. Does he have fever? When fever breaks one will sweat a lot. Is appetite normal? Thirst normal? If it concerns you enough to ask, it maybe worthwhile to ave him seen. ...Read more

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Night Sweats Continue. Day 7 after contracting flu I feel much better now. No fever since day 3. Other symptoms gone. But night sweats continue?

Night Sweats Continue. Day 7 after contracting flu I feel much better now. No fever since day 3. Other symptoms gone. But night sweats continue?

Very: Common...you may have a low grade fever at bedtime which "breaks" after you fall asleep.

it's not a "comfortable " symptom but it too will go!

Hope this is helpful!
Dr Z ...Read more

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Big headaches, hot flashes, and night sweats? Could it be the flu?

Big headaches, hot flashes, and night sweats? Could it be the flu?

Not typical: Need more detailed description of symptoms. Where are the headaches, are they constant, how severe, what relieves them, etc. Are you having fever, when and how much; sore throat, muscle aches, gastrointestinal changes (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea). To what have you been exposed (sexually or otherwise). This does not necessarily sound like influenza, but need more info. See doctor. ...Read more

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Drenching night sweats for one week to the point I sleep with towels. Neg for flu. Fever every night. Room temp is normal. Blood work normal.?

Drenching night sweats for one week to the point I sleep with towels. Neg for flu. Fever every night. Room temp is normal. Blood work normal.?

Fever unknown origin: Drenching night sweats usually mean fever. These are nonspecific symptoms, i.e. many possible causes -- too many to even guess without more information. Since you've had blood tests, presumably you're under a doctor's care; s/he is in the best position to answer this and other questions. Other symptoms? Did blood work include inflammatory markers (ESR, CRP, maybe procalcitonin)? Chest xray? ...Read more

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I have valley fever. Can I get a flu shot when I'm experiencing symptoms like a severe cough and night sweats?

I have valley fever. Can I get a flu shot when I'm experiencing symptoms like a severe cough and night sweats?

Hold off: It would probably be safe, but why take a chance of an adverse reaction while you are obviously ill at the present time. Get it when you are feeling better or see an infectious disease specialist to determine flu vaccination. ...Read more

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Chesty cough after having flu over5 weeks ago, cough a lot during night, feel as if lungs are congested, also having night sweats, otherwise well?

Chesty cough after having flu over5 weeks ago, cough a lot during night, feel as if lungs are congested, also having night sweats, otherwise well?

Reactive airways.??: After full recovery from flu - either other virus or environmental bronchi irritation leading to congestion and sometime bronchospasm - worse at night, or with exertion. Night sweats may also indicate some underlined infection - possibly check with doc. If appropriate to do CXR (chest X ray). ...Read more

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Got flu like symptoms for 3 days. Aching body, night sweats, headaches. Is it worth seeing a doctor or is there not much they can do?

Self Medication: My advice to patients are usually to self treat for 72 hours and if no improvement, to see your doctor, reminder that there are treatments that can shorten influenza. A correct diagnosis should be made though. Hope this helps ...Read more

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For 1 week, I have had night sweats to the point of soaking the bed and fevers. Negative for the flu. Some dull pain in abdomen. Fatigue and chills.

For 1 week, I have had night sweats to the point of soaking the bed and fevers. Negative for the flu. Some dull pain in abdomen. Fatigue and chills.

Sweats, abd pain: Documented fever? Diarrhea, nausea? Would check for urinary tract infection, prostattis/urethritis, diverticulitis, may consider mycobacterium testing and get CT of abdomen to check for rare mass. F/u /w /doc ...Read more

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I've had what I believe is flu and in4th day. Have had severe night sweats on night 2 and 3. Is this common. Symptoms are cough, aching head joints?

I've had what I believe is flu and in4th day. Have had severe night sweats on night 2 and 3. Is this common. Symptoms are cough, aching head joints?

Influenza: The symptoms you describe are classic for influenza and while people talk about a "touch" of flu it is often more like a sledge hammer. At this point I would continue to treat symptomatically with Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen and hopefully in a few more days you'll feel better. Next year you should get a flu shot of you didn't this year. ...Read more

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Flu. High fever that has gone down now. Some night sweats. Mild cough. No chest pain. Blood in phlegm at morning that clears up during the day.?

Flu. High fever that has gone down now. Some night sweats. Mild cough. No chest pain. Blood in phlegm at morning that clears up during the day.?

Give it time: What you described fits in with upper respiratory viral infection and it is healing. Give it time.
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Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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20 yr old male, low WBC 3.9, high monocytes 18, no flu symptoms, fatigue and night sweats, 102 fever, lost 3 pounds without diet in week

20 yr old male, low WBC 3.9, high monocytes 18, no flu symptoms, fatigue and night sweats, 102 fever, lost 3 pounds without diet in week

Still likely viral!: Infectious mono, cmv, and other viral illness could be present, other than the flu virus. The combination of low wbc, but with increased monocytes suggest a viral illness, not bacterial. However, other more serious issues, whether less likely, could cause your sx, including systemic lupus erythematosus and related problems. If no improvement occurs in the next few days, see your doctor. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your spleen is slightly enlarged and your white blood count is elevated with itching flu like symptoms fatigue night sweats

What does it mean when your spleen is slightly enlarged and your white blood count is elevated with itching flu like symptoms fatigue night sweats

Need for evaluation: The constellation of findings and other infections listed in your profile warrants a thorough investigation. It appears that you are under the care of a physician and it would be prudent to discuss the matter with her/him at your earliest. ...Read more

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Throat pain and itchiness, joint pain, night sweats, fatigue. Do I have the flu? Or something more serious such as throat cancer? It's been 6 days.

Throat pain and itchiness, joint pain, night sweats, fatigue. Do I have the flu? Or something more serious such as throat cancer? It's been 6 days.

Flu: Are those the choices in your mind? Flu or throat cancer (in a 24 year old)? do you have history of anxiety or obsessive-compulsive disorder? Why would you think "throat cancer"? and how would throat cancer cause joint pain? Sounds like the flu. Stay well hydrated, rest, treat symptoms supportively, and stop all alcohol and tobacco use. If not improving in 2-3 days, will need medical attention. ...Read more

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What would cause occasional night sweats (few times a year) without fever in otherwise very healthy person?

What would cause occasional night sweats (few times a year) without fever in otherwise very healthy person?

No other clues?: The main reason would be for a female older than you, menopause. If it is very occasional, perhaps the room is too hot, too many night clothes, bedding? Should not indicate anything worrisome unless other symptoms are happening. Good luck! ...Read more

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Drenching night sweats nightly for more than a week. No fever. Should I be concerned? Potential causes?

Drenching night sweats nightly for more than a week. No fever. Should I be concerned? Potential causes?

Yes: You should be concerned. Drenching night sweats at your age without fever is not ever normal. There could be several causes but see your doctor for an evaluation ...Read more

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No signs of lymphoma but fever, night sweats, fatigue, etc. Are these signs of cancer or lymphoma?

No signs of lymphoma but fever, night sweats, fatigue, etc. Are these signs of cancer or lymphoma?

Many causes: Tuberculosis and bacterial endocarditis are serious concerns and there are a host of other illnesses that can do this. Please do yourself a favor and read up on the workup of "fever of unknown origin". ...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