Working up a sweat in your sleep

Excessive perspiration at night might be an indication of serious health issues

By RX FOR READERS/JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH
April 13, 2017 12:30
4 minute read.
A man sleeping

A man sleeping (illustrative). (photo credit: INGIMAGE)

 
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I am an 86-year-old man. For several months, I have been waking up with my head and especially my neck full of sweat. My pajama tops are wet, and my wife has to change my pillowcase a few times a week. I dream a lot through the night, but the dreams are not scary. Could this be a cause? Is the sweating caused by some medical condition? What treatment is there?
S.B., Jerusalem


Dr. Karen Djemal, family medicine specialist and the director of the Terem Family Clinic in Jerusalem’s Hagdud Ha’ivri Street, replies:

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