Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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What Causes Night Sweats?

Monday, 11 Oct 2010 03:00 PM


What are some of the causes of night sweats?

Dr. Hibberd’s Answer:


Night sweats are very nonspecific symptoms, but they may relate to an acute illness, a hormone imbalance associated with menopause, or an endocrine disorder. They could also be a sign of serious internal infection, malignancy, or abscess.

Travel history is very important to help us decide if underlying infections related to travel need to be considered. Simple nightmares or active dreams can also leave us in a sweat.

So, the answer covers almost the entire spectrum of disease, and must be correlated with other findings to be more specific. Night sweats are not a normal symptom to ignore, and should justify a visit to your doctor for an assessment.

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