Night Sweats

Night Sweats

Abnormal sweating at night can be due to a multitude of variable factors. Obviously a warm climate, excessive clothing and a high ambient temperature can be a cause, but night sweats can also be a result from anxiety and fear.

By far the most common cause is the menopause. Other medical causes include:

  • viral or bacterial infections of any type,
  • thyrotoxicosis (an overactive thyroid gland),
  • hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar),
  • lymphomas and other cancers,
  • a tumour of abscess of the hypothalamus (temperature regulating part of the brain),
  • some medications
  • withdrawal from narcotics (e.g. heroin).

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(Last modified: 17th Oct 2014)

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