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Waking Drenched Sweat
I'm currently taking prednisone Zoloft (sertraline) and plaquenil and have been waking drenched in sweat should I be concerned? What do I do about it?
Cannot diagnose: Have no idea why you are on these meds or what your medical history is, but you should not be having drenching sweats. See your doctor now and make sure you have not activated latent tuberculosis or have some other serious issue. Hope you get better soon. ...Read more
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Menopause: Night sweats is a symptom of menopause. It is very common for women your age. Menopause means the cessation of menstrual periods. You will continue during the rest of your life being menopausal, however symptoms of menopause can go away. Average age of menopause in usa is 51 y/o. ...Read more
3 questions, 1 answer: All 3 questioners have functional dysautonomia, meaning that the sympathetic branch of the autonomic (automatic) nervous system is dominant due to unbalanced irritability of the control mechanisms in the lower brain. In my long experience, lousy diet. See my blog, "oxygen the spark of life". ...Read more
Getting over cold w junky cough for 1 week. Waking up drenched with sweat and body temp dropping to 35.2C (room is 20C). Is that normal?
Infection.: It sounds like you are having a fever and chills, which means you are not getting over your cold, but getting worse! Get seen and treated, if necessary: you might have pneumonia. If you are taking over-the-counter meds, they can make you feel bad, too, and are proven to be of little use, and may make you worse, so stop them. ...Read more
I had a virus with a fever but have been better for a day. I am still waking up drenched in sweat. Is this normal?
Night sweats: No, this isn't "normal" -- but it still is probably just the effect of your viral infection. Drenching night sweats usually mean continuing fever that breaks during the night. But if this continues a few more days, discuss with your doctor. Maybe you have some other kind of infection rather than the virus, or in addition to it. Good luck! ...Read more
Had Stomach virus 3 days ago and last two night waking up drenched in sweat but don't know it. Why?
Seeks medical attent: You shouldn't be having lits of night sweats. See your doctor for further eval ...Read more
The last week I have been waking up in middle of night drenched in sweat. What could be causing this. Should I worry? Soakin wet! Thanks...
It is concerning...: Night sweats often occcur when one has a fever and the body goes through shivering or sweating as a way of cooling the body and bring down the fever. Going on for a week, the likeliest cause is an infection. Where: urinary tract, lungs, prostate in males, sinuses, viral illness; or is it a drug reaction. A careful history and physical, possibly urine and blood testing: c ur gp--best & least $$. ...Read more
I'm 16 years old and im waking up in the middle of the night drenched in sweat and I want to know what causes it?
Infection or Normal?: Night sweats can be normal variant in some individuals (called hyperhydrosis), but should be evaluated further by a physician if the night sweats occur regularly, interrupt sleep, or are associated by a fever or other symptoms like weight loss or focus of pain. Nights sweats can be associated with certain infections, hypoglycemia, anxiety or even hormone disorders (less common in teens). ...Read more
I'm 72 years old and have been waking up every night drenched in sweat this has been going on for 2 years what might be causing this?
Hi I'm 33 and im always waking up in the middle of the night completely drenched in sweat and I always sleep nude what going on they come and they go?
Cool the room: Our bodies drop temperature at night and one way to do so is to sweat. I might suggest cooling your room or using fewer blankets to allow your body to cool. ...Read more
For the past 10 months I've been waking up the morning with my hair drenched in sweat. I am wondering what could be causing this.
Night sweat: Night sweats has various causes. You should consider infectious process like tb, cardiac problems, blood dyscrasias, or spicy food that you migh be eating. In any case, a medical workup is in order. ...Read more
I keep waking up feeling hot and heavy head drenched in sweat. I was told by the doctors I have inflammation around my heart?
OK: You have pericarditis which is often a virus mediated inflammation in the pericardium which resolves with time and anti inflammatory medications. You should be reevaluated if the symoptoms persist or are associated with other symptoms such as weight loss, chills, or if you have been exposed to tb, etc. ...Read more
I have been waking up to headaches on between my eyes and in the middle of my forehead in the morning. I also wake up drenched in sweat with my face swollen.
Night sweats: Head ache in middle of the eye sounds sinus, an infection of the sinuses may cause all these. ...Read more
I have recently been waking up sweaty at night, I also feel flushed. I read on the internet it can be a sign of cancer... but I am not waking up with "drenching" sweats. More like just very clammy... what could it be?
Not sure what to mak: I can not make much about it from what you have told me. Internet information is often misleading, so avoid getting into it unless you have some medical background. If you are feeling unwell (loss of appetite or weight loss), you should have a medical check up, just to be sure that all is well. ...Read more
Night sweats: Because you are developing fevers late in the evening and sweating is one of the body's ways of lowering the body temperature. You need to see a doctor and find out why this is occurring. Tuberculosis is the classic cause of night sweats, but there are numerous other possibilities. Make a list of all your symptoms and their associations and take it with you to an infectious diseases expert. ...Read more
Night sweats: Unfortunately a lot of different medical conditions can have night sweats as part of their profile. But, many of them can be very serious, even life threatening. Please go see your physician for a thorough evaluation soon! ...Read more
I'm always hot sometimes so hot I'm drenched in sweat and everyone else is fine.? I have been this way since I was younger. But it's getting worse.
High metabolic rate: When you have a higher metabolic rate you have the symptoms that you describe and this is not something that can be changed. See a doctor and they will check your thyroid, to see if you need treatment as thyroid conditions can do this. ...Read more
This has been bugging me for a long time I sweat very easy I drench in sweat when I exercise it looks like I got out of the shower why do I sweat alot?
Normal: That is a normal response to increased body temperature due to exercise. ...Read more
My son is almost 5 months and in the past two months he has always been drenched in sweat even when he is awake and just sitting should I be concerned?
It really depends under what conditions he's sweating. Kids have a much faster metabolism, so they heat up nicely. Sweating is then a sign that their body is functioning well and doing its job to cool him down. That's not a big deal. I think most kids wake up sweaty during the summer or even in the winter if you keep it very warm inside. However, if he's sweating under cool conditions, talk to his doctor. He could have overactive sweat glands or some endocrine issues.
But remember, kids do three times the work to move like we do, so they sweat more during normal activities. ...Read more
I wake up from my sleep drenched in sweat and my sheets are also wet. Why may this be? And how can I deal with this?
Dysautonomia: This means that your autonomic (automatic) nervous system is compromised. The sweating comes from overactivity of the sympathetic branch of this system. If this is new for you the commonest cause is diet from empty calories, particularly sugar and sweeteners. It upsets brain chemistry. ...Read more
I sleep at night under the air conditioner. I sweat but not drenched in a pool of sweat in the morning. What's wrong?
Get checked if cont: This can relate to many things from stress to medication reaction, gastrointestinal disturbance, infection, menopause or other hormonal change, or malignancy. The best thing would be to get checked to make sure nothing serious. If not, then look at your stress level and diet. ...Read more
He sweats every night when he sleeps, the bed is drenched and so wet. He doesn't sweat during the day and doesn't sweat during the night usually.
Could be a problem:
Night sweats are concerning and may be associated with serious systemic illness, I suggest a visit to the primary doc.
associated symptoms of swollen lymph nodes, weight loss would add to my concern ...Read more
87 M w/: Your profile indicate that are diabetic and also take lots of medication, including medications for blood pressure, possibly beta blocker? Are you on insulin? What are your sugars like before going to bed? And right at the time you start sweating? This could be related to your diabetes and should be discussed with your doctor. ...Read more
I break into a sweat about 60 seconds after waking up. I feel normal at first. Then sweat and feel hot for quite some time following.
40 y/o F w sweatsa: While night sweats tend to be more concerning to your doctor, early morning seating should also be worked up if clinically indicated. A 40-year-old female may consider vasomotor symptoms associated with menopause. Other endocrine disorders should also be ruled out. See your internist. ...Read more
What to do if I frequently do hot yoga and my mat gets drench with sweat. What is the best way to clean it?
Clean or Deodorize?: Having done Bikram yoga for years, the best answer is to have five or six different mats and hang them out of doors and rotate. Luckily, the sweat smell is usually from the first few minutes when the pores get flooded. You might bring to towels with you and put your first towel on the mat for the first 15 minutes or so and then change to a fresh towel ...Read more
During the day I have itching spells all over my body and at night I wake up cold but drenched in sweat, what's the cause. Is this MS telated?
At night I get sweaty, hot & cold at the same time, sheets drenched in sweat. I get freezing cold, put quilt on get blazing hot again then cold again.
I'm 19 and I've been having frequent cold sweats at night to the point where everything my body is touching is soaking wet.
Cold Sweats: Sweating at night is a very common problem and unfortunately a symptom of numerous conditions. These range from medication side effects, to alcohol used in excess to infections such as HIV or tb. It can also represent a kind of lymphoma to name some of the most worrisome possibilities. I would recommend that you get to your family doctor soon. ...Read more
Helllo I am 30 years old and I have been worried for the past 3 nights I have been waking up during the night with a damp sweat on my chest?
Sometimes during the night I sweat so much my top is wet and my partner also says I am like a radiator at night what could be the cause of this?
I Break into a sweat AFTER waking up and then it goes away. This started recently. I am 51 on levthyroxine which was increased aboout 6 months ago?
I never sweat usually, but last night I sweat profusely and kept waking up to remove the covers & fan. My shirt & sheet became damp. Is this serious?
Night sweats: Night sweats can occur with fever, taking medications like aspirin or Advil, hormonal disorders, various infections, exposure to excessive heat, or malignancies like lymphoma. At this time your sweats are nonspecific. Check your temperature, look for infection symptoms like sore throat, urinary burning, etc. See your physician if sweats persist or as needed if other symptoms develop. ...Read more
At night I'm hot and sweat all night even with my window open and 2 fans on high directly on me. I still wake up wet w/sweat. I'm 24/female. Plz help!
Night sweats: See your doctor. Night sweats can indicate a process such as lymphoma. Other causes can relate to ovarian hormones. Other endocrine issues can cause temperature dysregulation. So can thalamic or hypothalamic issues. Discuss these as well as birth control use with your doctor. Do not ignore these symptoms. ...Read more
I'm 21 I wake up and my butt hole is wet it smells really bad, no pain or anything and I know it's not sweat bc it's just around the hole that's wet?
Moisture, odor: There could be an anal fissure or low grade inflammation of the rectum (proctitis) causing the moisture and odor. Lack of pain or blood is a good sign. Try warm soaks, pat dry and apply anusol. Wear white not too tight panties. Keep bowel movements soft by taking a stool softener like colace daily. If symptoms persist consult a proctologist or colorectal surgeon for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more