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Night sweats

Causing excessive sweating during sleep, which can be uncomfortable and disruptive

Night sweats, causing excessive sweating during sleep, can be uncomfortable and disruptive. While occasional night sweats are common and often harmless, persistent or severe cases may indicate an underlying medical condition. In this blog, we will explore what night sweats are, their symptoms, common causes, and the importance of seeking treatment from a General Practitioner (GP). At OT&P Healthcare, our experienced GPs provide comprehensive care to address night sweats and any associated health concerns. 


What is Night Sweats? 

Night sweats, also known as sleep hyperhidrosis, refer to episodes of excessive sweating during sleep. These episodes can vary in severity, ranging from mild dampness to soaking through clothes and bedding. Night sweats can be a standalone issue or occur alongside other symptoms, depending on the underlying cause. 


Night sweats cause  

Night sweats can be a result of various factors, including: 

  • Hormonal changes: Hormonal fluctuations, such as those experienced during menopause, can trigger night sweats in women. 
  • Infections: Certain infections, including tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and bacterial infections, may lead to night sweats. 
  • Medications: Some medications, including antidepressants, hormonal therapies, and certain diabetes medications, can cause night sweats as a side effect. 
  • Anxiety and stress: Emotional factors, such as anxiety and stress, can contribute to night sweats. 
  • Sleep disorders: Conditions like obstructive sleep apnea, which disrupt normal breathing patterns during sleep, can cause night sweats. 


Symptoms of night sweats 

  • Profuse sweating during sleep: Waking up drenched in sweat, requiring changing clothes or bedding. 
  • Disrupted sleep: Night sweats can cause discomfort and disturb sleep patterns. 
  • Chills or fever: Some individuals may experience a sudden drop in body temperature after sweating. 


Treatment from a GP 

If you experience persistent or severe night sweats, consult a GP for a proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment. At OT&P Healthcare, our GPs can provide the following: 

  • Comprehensive evaluation: A GP will conduct a thorough assessment of your medical history, symptoms, and lifestyle factors to identify potential underlying causes. 
  • Diagnostic tests: Depending on the suspected cause, a GP may recommend further investigations, such as blood tests, imaging studies, or sleep studies, to aid in the diagnosis. 
  • Individualised treatment plan: A GP will develop a personalised treatment plan based on the underlying cause of your night sweats. This may involve addressing any underlying medical conditions, adjusting medications, or making lifestyle modifications. 
  • Referrals to specialists: If necessary, a GP may refer you to a specialist, such as an endocrinologist, pulmonologist, or gynecologist, for further evaluation and management. 
  • Ongoing monitoring and support: A GP will provide ongoing care, monitor your progress, and adjust treatment as needed. They will also address any concerns or questions you may have throughout the treatment process. 


Night sweats can be a bothersome symptom, but they can be effectively managed with the help of a GP. You can receive a proper diagnosis, personalised treatment plan, and ongoing support by seeking professional medical care, such as the services provided by OT&P Healthcare's GPs. Remember, night sweats can indicate an underlying medical condition, so it is crucial to consult a healthcare professional for an accurate assessment and appropriate management.  

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