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Q&A: What's causing my constant sweating?

Consumer Reports News: December 02, 2009 06:38 AM

I am a 55-year-old woman, feel hot all the time, and have recently begun sweating a lot. My doctor suspected hot flashes from menopause, but hormone therapy hasn’t helped. Should I try another hot-flash remedy, or is something else causing this problem? —S.S.K., Morris Plains, N.J.

An appropriate dose of hormone therapy usually cools hot flashes, so you can probably rule out menopause as a cause (and skip the additional hotflash remedies). Other possible causes are an overactive thyroid, which can be diagnosed with a simple blood test, or a chronic infection, often accompanied by a persistent low-grade fever. Both conditions can cause frequent sweating, especially at night. Tumors such as lymphomas and liver and kidney cancer can also make someone feel hot and sweaty. So if you can’t find another cause, check that your doctor has ruled out those more serious problems.

If you're going through menopause and experiencing hot flashes, find out why you get them  and how hormone replacement therapy  (subscribers only) and exercise  might help. And if you're taking medication for your menopausal symptoms, take a look at our free Best Buy Drugs report  and save up to $400 a year.

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