June 25, 2016

Night Sweats

What are the causes of night sweats in women, men, and children?

There are many different causes of night sweats. To determine what is causing night sweats in a particular patient, a doctor must obtain a detailed medical history and order tests to decide if an underlying medical condition is responsible for the night sweats.

What other symptoms accompany 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 if a fever is present.
  • 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. Continue Reading
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Reviewed on 6/23/2016