Doctor's Notes on Night Sweats in Men and Women
Night sweats refers to excessive sweating during sleep. Nights sweats are a common symptom of several different medical conditions and can happen in both women and men. Examples of conditions that can cause night sweats include the menopausal transition in women, other hormonal problems such as hyperthyroidism, neurological problems, taking certain medications, and low blood glucose levels. Less common causes include certain infections and cancers such as lymphoma.
True night sweats may be so severe as to drench bedsheets and sleepwear. Other signs and symptoms associated with night sweats depend on the exact cause of the problem. These can include
- mood changes,
- hot flashes,
- vaginal dryness,
- sleep disturbances,
- weight loss,
- shaking or trembling,
- problems with concentration, or
What Is the Treatment for Night Sweats?
There is no specific remedy that will reduce sweating at night. The treatments for night sweats are determined by the condition that causes this symptom. Infections are treated with antibiotics, while cancer treatments include surgery, chemotherapy, targeted therapies, and radiation therapy. Night sweats associated with hormonal changes related to menopause in women can be relieved by hormone therapy.
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