Cold Sweats often referred to as diaphoresis, is a condition which is characterized by sudden sweating which is not associated with exertion nor is it in response to excessive environmental heat. It is often suggested, that the most common cold sweat cause is stress; however cold sweat at night is a sign of a chronic illness or injury.
Cold sweats need to be differentiated from normal and routine sweating, which is often associated with heat or physical activity. Though there is no specific treatment available for the management of cold sweat. Cold sweat is uniquely characterized by the fact that the sweating comes on at any temperature and is often sudden in onset.
What Are The Causes Of Cold Sweat?
There are several factors responsible for cold sweats,
- Cold sweat is associated with the flight and fight response of the body. The fight and flight response is triggered by pain, fear or lack of oxygen supply to the body.
- Sudden drop in blood pressure tends to result in reduced supply of oxygen and nutrients to the essential organs of the body. This in turn can result in cold sweats.
- Intense pain associated with injury, heart attack, strokes or even a broken ankle can result in cold sweats.
- Hypoglycemia or low levels of sugar in blood are often associated with cold sweats.
- Chronic conditions like cancer are also closely linked with cold sweats, which can appear at night.
- Hormonal changes, especially during menopause in females and Andropause in males are associated with cold sweats. Further other conditions like anemia or sudden fear is associated with the development of cold sweats, which are more frequently observed at night.
Cold Sweats At Night Causes
Cold sweats at night as described above can be associated with a host of conditions. However, cold sweats at night are often considered to be signs associated with some underlying changes in the body are less likely to occur due to the flight and fright response.
- Hormonal changes result in cold sweats at night. Women approaching their menopause during the late 40s and early 50s experience cold sweats. Though less frequently observed in males, Andropause can result in cold sweats and affects most men in the early 60s.
- Uncontrolled diabetes can be associated with cold sweat at night. At night, diabetic patients are prone to suffer from sudden hypoglycemia (or fall in the blood sugar levels) which can result in cold sweats.
- Chronic debilitating conditions like tuberculosis or cancer are also associated with cold sweats at night.
- Myocardial infarction (which occurs more frequently at nights) is also associated with cold sweats and breathlessness.
Natural Treatment For Cold Sweats
There is no specific treatment for the management of cold sweat at night. The focus of treatment aims at managing the underlying condition associated with cold sweats.
- Hormone Replacement Therapy is considered beneficial in menopausal females and males approaching Andropause.
- Avoiding heavy meals at night and instead consuming some fresh fruits or vegetables a couple of hours prior to going to bed are considered beneficial. This prevents erratic changes in blood sugar levels at night.
- Meditation and yoga helps build self confidence and fight fears. Regular practice of meditation is considered beneficial in the management of night and cold sweats.
- Pain management using homeopathic drugs like Bryonia Alba and Arsenic Alba are considered beneficial in the management of cold sweats.