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.
Tags: Menopause | hrt | profuse | sweating | hormone | replacement | therapy

Can HRT Cause Profuse Sweating?

By    |   Friday, 21 June 2013 11:41 AM

Question: I am a 61-year-old female, have been on hormone replacement therapy for 10 years, and recently started sweating — a lot. How can I find out what is causing the constant sweating?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:
Profuse sweating should be evaluated, whether or not you’re on HRT. A trial adjustment of your hormone treatments can be made, but this should not delay a detailed evaluation by your doctor.
Although menopausal sweating is common, you should have a general assessment to determine what’s causing it. Sweating might be the first sign of internal disorder (such as a thyroid condition, diabetes, or heart disease).

It can also signal auto-immune disease, protein disorders, kidney failure, infection (such as TB, immune deficiency, HIV, hepatitis), or even a malignancy (lymphoma, leukemia, breast, cervix, uterine, colon, lung, or other cancer).
Most of these disorders can be quickly ruled out by a complete physical, in combination with basic lab tests and/or X-rays or other images.

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