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Link between night sweats and serious health conditions

Link between night sweats and serious health conditions Role of night sweats in detecting serious health problems (Photo:

Sometimes people may not notice certain changes in their body, but they can indicate serious danger. It is especially important to promptly detect and begin treatment for oncology.

What changes in the body signal cancer and why it's worth paying attention to your pillow - in the material below.

Sources: Daily Express, Cancer Research UK NHS Leukemia Care, Wikipedia.

What can indicate a dangerous disease

Doctors advise paying attention to pillows and bedding. If a person wakes up in the morning and realizes that they had heavy sweating at night, it's not something to ignore.

Of course, this could indicate that it's warm at home or the blanket is too hot. However, if a person consistently wakes up wet and their pillow remains damp, it's worth consulting a general practitioner.

"Most people sweat at night. You should consult a general practitioner if you regularly wake up with wet sheets. Night sweats occur when you sweat so much that your nightclothes and bedding become thoroughly wet, even if it's cool where you sleep," doctors explain.

Link between night sweats and serious health conditions

Signs of cancer (illustration:

Severe night sweats can indicate infectious diseases and even cancer.

Additionally, in women, this problem can arise due to menopause.

Which types of cancer can cause excessive sweating:

  • leukemia
  • bone cancer
  • Hodgkin's lymphoma
  • prostate cancer
  • kidney cancer
  • non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
  • thyroid cancer.

According to experts, patients with leukemia most often notice wet pillows and bedding. A survey was conducted, according to which 31% of individuals with this type of oncology experienced night sweats. Therefore, self-medication should be avoided; only a doctor can make a diagnosis, but regular examinations are necessary for this.

Link between night sweats and serious health conditions

Why a person sweats at night (illustration:

What is leukemia

Leukemia is a blood cancer that occurs when the bone marrow produces abnormal leukocytes instead of healthy blood cells. These abnormal cells do not function properly and multiply faster than normal cells, displacing them.

There are several types of leukemia:

  • acute - develops quickly and requires immediate treatment
  • chronic - develops more slowly and may not have symptoms for some time
  • myeloid - affects cells that become erythrocytes, thrombocytes, and some leukocytes
  • lymphoid - affects cells that become lymphocytes.

Symptoms of leukemia:

  • fatigue, weakness
  • pallor and weight loss
  • fever and night sweats
  • bruising and bleeding
  • bone pain
  • enlarged lymph nodes, spleen, or liver
  • frequent infections.

Earlier, we mentioned that a doctor named early signs of cancer that many people ignore.

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