Sweating when activity is natural. But what if instead of sweat coming out at night to wet the clothes and bedding, even when there is an air conditioner. Is this a sign of disease?
Night sweats are an early symptom of some cancers. The most common type of cancer associated with night sweats is lymphoma. However, people who have an undiagnosed cancer frequently have other symptoms as well, such as unexplained weight loss and fevers. Read also Early symptoms of cervical cancer.
Masters of Medical Science, Tim Legg PhD, PMHNP-BC, GNP-BC, CARN-AP, MCHES said, sweating at night can be an early symptom of carcinoid tumors, leukemia, lymphoma, bone cancer, liver cancer and mesothelioma.
Changes in hormone levels also can be one contributing factor. When cancer causes a fever, your body may sweat excessively as it tries to cool down.
In some cases, night sweats occur due to cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, drugs that regulate hormones, and morp**ne. If your night sweats happen because of cancer, you may experience other symptoms, including fever and weight loss that cannot be explained.
Night sweats can also be a sign of other health problems such as:
- Changes in hormone levels during premenopause and menopause
- An increase in hormones and blood flow during pregnancy
- Bacterial infections, such as tuberculosis and endocarditis
- Idiopathic hyperhidrosis. “Idiopathic” means “of unknown cause”. In the majority of cases the hyperhidrosis is localized. Secondary hyperhidrosis: the person sweats too much because of an underlying health condition, such as obesity, gout, menopause, a tumor, mercury poisoning, diabetes mellitus, or hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid gland)
- Low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia
- Certain medicines, such as antidepressants, hormone therapy, and reduction of fever
- An overactive thyroid, or hyperthyroidism
- A lifestyle that includes exercise before bed, eating a hot drink before bed, drinking alco**l, eating spicy foods close to bedtime, the thermostat settings are too high or extreme temperatures.
When to see a doctor?
If you have only one or two episodes of night sweats, may not need to see a doctor because it is probably due to environmental factors or lifestyle.
But if night sweats occur regularly and disturb your sleeping habits as well as other symptoms such as fever, weight loss can not be explained immediately consult your doctor.