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Sweating while asleep could be health warning, experts say

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If you're 40 or older and your sheets are drenched when you wake up - or you think you're feeling a hot flash - it could be "the change",
but health endocrinologist Dr. Kelly Wirfel says it could also be a number of other health issues, for example, a bacterial infection.

"We've had some recent cases of TB and that's a common presentation with fever, sweats, weight loss, cough, fast heart rates and less commonly palpitations," Wirfel explains.

While she's ruling out serious illness, sweating can also be a symptom of some cancers.

"You know, we'll ask about the night sweats, the weight loss, the change in appetite, swelling in the neck, under the arms, the lymph node swelling, suggestive of a lymphoma," Wirfel went on.

Keep in mind, she says, a lot of other symptoms could lead you to those problems first. On the other hand, thyroid disease has subtle symptoms and sweating is one of them.

Sweating can also increase in diabetic patients using insulin or could be a sign of sleep apnea.

Although sleep apnea is more common in men, sleep experts say chances of the disorder increase in women after menopause.

If you have questions, talk with your doctor.

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