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Forum Name: Other infections
Question: Mild Case of Night Sweats
|JY2000 - Wed Apr 16, 2008 10:15 am||
I woke up last night experiencing a mild case of night sweats. It was not the "drenching" kind that some people talk about but apparently it was enough to wake me up. Immediately upon waking up I took my temp with an oral thermometer which indicated 96.1 (obviously much lower than normal). Despite having a low temperature, I felt warm so I proceeded to turn on a fan and remove a layer of covers. I then went back to sleep but did not sleep well due to being worried. This particular episode occurred approximately 3 hours after initially going to sleep. This marks the third time that I have had this happen in the past 10-12 days.
Please note that I came down with flu-like symptoms 2 weeks ago. I had one episode of drenching night sweats while being sick (which I'm assuming is normal for any viral infection inducing a fever). Since then, I feel like I have recovered from being sick but have had 3 episodes of these mild night sweats accompanied with a lower-than-normal body temperature. Any idea what is going on here? Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
|Debbie Miller, RN - Sun Jul 13, 2008 12:43 pm||
Night sweats can be a symptom of infection so you should have this checked by your health care provider. TB would be one such infection so it is wise to be sure. Aside from this I would wonder about heat-regulating problems that might be triggered by an endocrine problem so your doctor might also want to check your thyroid function.
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