Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

How Can I Eliminate Night Sweats Naturally?

Wednesday, 03 Jul 2013 03:15 PM

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.

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Question: Can you suggest a natural treatment for night sweats? I am a 59-year-old woman who cannot take any kind of hormone therapy. I sweat every night no matter what I try. Less blankets, no blankets, changing my pajamas; it doesn’t matter.
                                   
Dr. Hibberd’s answer:
 
Night sweats are often not caused by serious medical conditions, but doctors are trained to search for malignancy, infection, GERD, endocrine, cardiac or internal diseases. I presume you have been checked and have no serious underlying disorder.
 
Here are some tips for you.
  • Avoid caffeine.
  • Eliminate alcohol.
  • Don’t eat spicy or fatty foods in the evening.
  • If you smoke, quit.
  • De-stress. Try relaxation techniques especially before bed.
  • Try stopping all supplements that might be contributing to your nigh sweats. 
If these strategies don’t help, go to your doctor and ask for a prescription for a low dose clonidine (a blood pressure drug) patch. It is very useful for those seeking a non-hormonal treatment for hot flashes and night sweats. There are other agents available, but try these first, and let me know how things go.

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Dr. Hibberd's advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital work in emergency medicine and surgery.
 
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