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Dr. Kitonga Kiminyo
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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.

Dr. Kitonga Kiminyo
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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.

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

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Perspiration (Definition)

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


Dr. Ravi Chand
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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.

Dr. Ravi Chand
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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.

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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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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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 ?

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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 ?

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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Dr. Edward Kuhnley
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I have really bad night sweats i wake up soaked i take Effexor is this the cause?

Dr. Edward Kuhnley
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I have really bad night sweats i wake up soaked i take Effexor 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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Dr. Marsha Davis
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When I sleep at night I wake to very bad night sweats! why?

Dr. Marsha Davis
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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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Dr. Cynthia Point
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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?

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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?

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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Dr. Carlos Barrios
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Does Effexor cause severe cause severe night sweats? Used to wake up soaked and dripping with sweat.

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

Could be: Unfortunately not uncommon for effexor 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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Dr. Martin Raff
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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?

Dr. Martin Raff
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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?

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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Dr. Thomas Knecht
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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

Dr. Thomas Knecht
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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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