Night sweats in women
Night sweats can happen to both men and woman. If a woman experiences them, it could signify changes in her body that may require a review by a doctor. One of the most common reasons this condition occurs is menopause because of the changes in hormones. Though many women have this problem during menopause, it may not be the cause in all women. Other causes of night sweats in women are variations in hormone levels before their period commences, with oral contraception pills or during pregnancy. In some cases, night sweats may signify other health problems.
What causes night sweats? The different causes explained
The reason why medical conditions cause night sweats is still largely unknown. However it is thought that biological factors that are released into the bloodstream might influence the region of the brain that controls the temperature, the hypothalamus. They may work to reduce the temperature set point.
Acute and chronic infections may cause night sweats. Infections such as tuberculosis, endocarditis (infection of a heart valve) or osteomyelitis (bone infection) can cause night sweats.
A low blood sugar level (hypoglycaemia) often caused by diabetes medications or the diabetes condition itself can cause night sweats.
Some prescription medications e.g. antidepressants and blood pressure medications can contribute to night sweats. So when you come in for an assessment with one of our physicians ensure you bring in all your medications.
Hormone imbalances and disorders may also result in night sweats. Hyperthyroidism is one cause since it increases metabolic activity and results in increased heat production and sweating. For the same reason an over functioning pituitary gland can also result in increased sweating. A pheochromocytoma results in excessive sweating, increased heart rate and headaches. These conditions can all be investigated through conducting blood tests.
Rarely cancer, (e.g. lymphoma) can result in night sweats. If you have recent weight loss and associated fevers your physician will exclude this through investigations.
Another rare cause for hyperhidrosis/night sweats is neurological conditions e.g. stroke or a focal neuropathy. During your assessment with a doctor they should conduct a neurological assessment to exclude this.
Those who suffer from psychological disorders like depression and anxiety may be more susceptible to having night sweats. In addition many of the medications for depression and anxiety also contribute to the hyperhidrosis/night sweats.
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