What is night sweat?
Night sweats refer to excessive night sweats. But if your bedroom is unusually hot or you are wearing too many layers of clothes, you may break out in a sweat and this is normal. Night sweats are very hot at night that can dry out your clothes and sheets and are not related to the outside environment.
Causes of night sweats
There are many different causes of night sweats. To find out why, doctors must ask for a detailed history and tests to determine what diseases are associated with night sweats. Some conditions that can cause night sweats are:
1. Menopause: Postmenopausal body heat can occur at night and cause sweating. This is the most common cause of night sweats in women.
2. Hydrogen hyperhidrosis: Hyperopidia hyperhidrosis is a condition in which the body produces too much sweat for no apparent medical reason.
3. Infection: Tuberculosis is an infection that is often associated with nocturnal sweating. But bacterial infections such as endocarditis (inflammation of the heart valves), osteomyelitis (inflammation of the bones) and abscesses can also cause night sweats. Night sweats are also a symptom of HIV infection.
4. Cancer: Night sweats are the first symptom of some cancers. The most common type of cancer associated with night sweats is lymphoma. However, people with undiagnosed cancer often have other symptoms such as unexplained weight loss and fever.
5. Medications: Some medications can lead to night sweats. Antidepressants are a common type of medication that can cause night sweats. 8% to 22% of people taking antidepressants have night sweats. Other antidepressants have also been linked to night sweats. Medications used to reduce fever, such as aspirin and acetaminophen, can sometimes lead to sweating. Many more medications can cause night sweats as well.
6. Hypoglycemia: Low blood sugar can cause sweating. People who take insulin or diabetes medications may have low blood sugar at night, which causes sweating.
7. Hormonal disturbances: Sweating or discharge can be seen as having many hormonal problems, including pheochromocytoma, cancer symptoms, and hyperthyroidism.
8. Neurological conditions: What is unusual is that neurological conditions, including autonomic dysreflexia, posttraumatic syringomyelia, stroke, and autonomic neuropathy, can cause increased sweating, including night sweats.