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Difference bw night sweats and sweating bc you're hot? More often than not I wake up with sweat-soaked clothes no matter the room temp/outfit/bedding.

Difference bw night sweats and sweating bc you're hot? More often than not I wake up with sweat-soaked clothes no matter the room temp/outfit/bedding.

Night sweats: Night sweats are as you described with unexplained sweating despite room temperature and usually indicates viral infection if short lived or more serious bacterial infection if more than two weeks AND associated with fevers, cough, weight loss. Non infectious causes could be hyperactive thyroid or uncontrolled diabetes ...Read more

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 sleep with a fan on and the AC at about 72 yet i still have severe night sweats. To the point that when i wake up it feels like some wet the bed.

I sleep with a fan on and the AC at about 72 yet i still have severe night sweats. To the point that when i wake up it feels like some wet the bed.

Night sweats: Not to scare you but sometimes lymphomas and leukemias can present with excessive night sweats. You must get a thorough work up and for all you know it may be just your body, and completely benign. ...Read more

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When I sleep at night I wake to very bad night sweats! why?

When I sleep at night I wake to very bad night sweats! why?

Depends: Are you a man or a woman. How old are you? Could be signs of menopause or illness at any rate there is help. Contact your doctor. ...Read more

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I have really bad night sweats i wake up soaked i take Effexor (venlafaxine) is this the cause?

I have really bad night sweats i wake up soaked i take Effexor (venlafaxine) is this the cause?

Sweating/diaphoresis: may affect up to 22% of patients who take antidepressants. Options include stopping, decreasing, or changing antidepressants. If your medication is effective then prescriber may consider adding benztropine 0.5-1 mg a day or aripiprazole (augments antidepressant and may reduce sweating). Combining these meds with venlafaxine may increase dizziness, drowsiness. Best regards for relief. ...Read more

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Does Effexor (venlafaxine) cause severe cause severe night sweats? Used to wake up soaked and dripping with sweat.

Does Effexor (venlafaxine) cause severe cause severe night sweats? Used to wake up soaked and dripping with sweat.

Could be: Unfortunately not uncommon for effexor (venlafaxine) and other norepinephrine increasing antidepressants (eg cymbalta, less so Wellbutrin) to increase anxiety despite good compliance. Which means increased heart rate, shakes, sweats, headaches and other fight or flight symptoms. A trial of a regular ssri ( prozac, lexapro, zoloft, or celexa) can be a much better option. Please ask your doc about such options. ...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've started having night sweats, with an onset of one year ago. I wake up to drenched sheets but I'm not overheated. I don't sweat during the day.

Fever?: Assuming the room is not overly warm, and not using unnecessarily heavy covers, this is something to see a doctor about. True night sweats occur because of fever that drops during the night. See a doctor, and for a week before your appointment, take your temperature (and write down the results) 3 times a day: when you awake in the morning, 4-6 pm, and at bedtime. Also record the nights you sweat. ...Read more

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Two nights of having night sweats and I wake up drenched..I sleep naked lol and still sweat. Happens at least five to six times a month..Dont know tho?

Two nights of having night sweats and I wake up drenched..I sleep naked lol and still sweat. Happens at least five to six times a month..Dont know tho?

Few things: Are the episodes random? Or are they clustered, happening night after night? If you are in your late 40's, and female with clustered sweats, this could be hormonal. If you are male, or younger female, or older female, or if the episodes are random, please see your doctor to get evaluated, as this could be something very serious, like lymphoma. ...Read more

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Lately I have severe night sweats.wake up every night soaked,have to change bedding.take citalopram for past 2 yrs.should I be worried?26 f healthy

See a doctor: Hi. That is very abnormal. The things that come first to mind include various infections, several malignancies, and hyperthyroidism. Any other symptoms like fever, loss of appetite, and/or unintended weight loss? Any enlarged lymph nodes you can feel? I feel quite safe in telling you it's not the citalopram. Please see your doc sooner than later. Good luck! ...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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I wake up every night all throught the night with night sweats. I swest so bad , my hair color comes out. I need to get rid of it. How?

Many causes : See your health care provider - night sweats can accompany a great many different conditions, some benign and others quite serious - including certain infections or cancer. The treatment depends upon what they find and diagnose. ...Read more

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What causes night sweats? Had blood work done everything is normal but still i wake up almost every night soaked in sweat only using a light blanket

What causes night sweats? Had blood work done everything is normal but still i wake up almost every night soaked in sweat  only using a light blanket

See below: 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. Will be happy to further discuss your issues with you in the concierge service. Go to: https://www.healthtap.com/dr-stevenfergusonmd ...Read more

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Are occasional night sweats (a hand full year, but not always every year) normal? Some days I wake up drenched even when the room temp is the same.

Likely normal: Occasional, even drenching, sweating at night is not abnormal. Especially if you have not lost weight, you may ignore it. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Why do I keep having night sweats , i wake up saturated from head to toe ? X

Why do I keep having night sweats , i wake up saturated from head to toe ? X

Possible causes...: Drenching nights sweats can be caused by a number of things: medications, menopause, infections, autoimmune disorders, and cancer. Are you having any other symptoms? I would see a health care provider so that they could do a careful exam and perform a complete medical history. This will help narrow the possible causes so that additional tests can be performed, if necessary. I hope you feel better. ...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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Heavy night sweats. wake up soaked. smells like urine. menopause at 35 -full hystorectomy (sp). 51 yo. have RA and fibromylgia. have had sweats 10 yrs?

Heavy night sweats. wake up soaked. smells like urine. menopause at 35 -full hystorectomy (sp). 51 yo. have RA and fibromylgia. have had sweats 10 yrs?

See dr: Please see your dr for evaluation. Might be menopause related but could have other causes too depending on other symptoms you are having. In-person evaluation is needed to determine underlying cause. ...Read more

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My tsh is 0.34 and I wake up with night sweats of my neck and chest is there a chance it's thyroid related ?

Unlikely: Your TSH is in the normal range and your night sweats are not likely to be due to thyroid. Have you lost weight? Do you have fever at night? If the answer to either is yes, you may need to be evaluated for the cause of night sweats. ...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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Perspiration (Definition)

Perspiration or sweat is the production of watery fluid from the skin to help regulate the ...Read more