Night Sweats (cont.)

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What are the symptoms of night sweats?

Depending upon the underlying cause of the night sweats, other symptoms may occur in association with the sweating. For example:

  • With certain infections and cancers, fever can develop along with night sweats
  • Shaking and chills can sometimes occur
  • With cancers such as lymphoma, unexplained weight loss can occur.
  • Night sweats due to the menopausal transition are typically accompanied by other symptoms of menopause such as vaginal dryness, daytime hot flashes, and mood changes.
  • Night sweats that occur as a side effect of medications can be accompanied by other medication side effects, depending upon the specific drug.
  • Conditions that result in increased sweating in general (as opposed to only night sweats) will result in increased sweating at other hours of the day.

Menopause

The hot flashes that accompany the menopausal transition can occur at night and cause sweating. This is a very common cause of night sweats in perimenopausal women. It is important to remember that hot flashes and other symptoms of the perimenopause can precede the actual menopause (the cessation of menstrual periods) by several years.

Idiopathic hyperhidrosis

Idiopathic hyperhidrosis is a condition in which the body chronically produces too much sweat without any identifiable medical cause.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/1/2013

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