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What Are the Causes of Night Sweats?

Submitted by on September 19, 2011 – 12:05 amNo Comment



The possible causes of night sweats are:

Cancer:
Night sweats can indicate an early stage of certain cancer types; the most common ones among them is lymphoma. Theories of medical science suggest that severe night sweat is categorized as one of the B symptoms of lymphoma. The B-symptoms are defined as systematic symptoms affecting entire body of the patient.

Menopause:
Menopause results in night sweats in majority of the women. Women during menopause tend to experience hot flashes, which is often accompanied by extreme sweating, particularly during the nighttime. The fall in the level of estrogen in a woman’s body during early menopause and perimenopause is held responsible for these cases of night sweats.

Medications:
Certain medicines like antidepressants, antihypertensives, tamoxifen, niacin, leuptolide and medications used for reducing fevers might act as triggers of night sweats. There are 11 drugs that are specifically labeled for causing night sweats; some of them are: interferon, saquinavir, donepezil, indinavir, cyclosporine, zalcitabine, pegaspargase, rituximab and daclizumab.

Infections:
Infections like infectious mononucleosis, histoplasmosis, Mycobacterium avium, tuberculosis, endocarditis and coccidioidomycosis can cause night sweats. Infection induced night sweats occur as a response of the patient’s immune system towards the infectious organisms.

Hypoglycemia:
Low blood sugar, which is medically referred to as hypoglycemia if occurs in the night can result in night sweats. The sweating can be so severe that the clothing of the affected person can get completely drenched and the bed sheets might get wet. Night sweats associated with hypoglycemia is often accompanies by headaches, grogginess or nightmares.

Neurological disorders:
Sweating is an action of our system that is controlled by the nerves. As a result, night sweat might also be an indicator of a neurological disorder. Conditions like Parkinson’s disease, strokes and autonomic neuropathy have night sweats as one of their common symptoms.

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