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What do night sweats feel like?

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You might notice:

  • Waking up soaking wet -- from your hair to your clothing to your sheets
  • Chills
  • A mild fever that leads to heavy sweating
  • Drenching sweats without a fever
  • A sudden, brief feeling of warmth accompanied by flushing or sweating

From: Does Cancer Cause Night Sweats? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Brian Cook, MD, Sampson Radiation Oncology, Clinton, NC.

UpToDate: “Approach to the patient with night sweats.”

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: “What’s the Connection between Night Sweats and Cancer?”

Mayo Clinic: “Night sweats: Causes.”

National Health Service: “Night Sweats.”

American Cancer Society: “Sweating.”

American Osteopathic Association: “Don't Lose Sleep Over Night Sweats.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 10, 2017

SOURCES:

Brian Cook, MD, Sampson Radiation Oncology, Clinton, NC.

UpToDate: “Approach to the patient with night sweats.”

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: “What’s the Connection between Night Sweats and Cancer?”

Mayo Clinic: “Night sweats: Causes.”

National Health Service: “Night Sweats.”

American Cancer Society: “Sweating.”

American Osteopathic Association: “Don't Lose Sleep Over Night Sweats.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 10, 2017

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