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Excessive sweating reflects instability of the part of the brain called the autonomic nervous system. It affects about 2% of the population.
If you've had it since childhood, it is probably genetic. If not, consider hormonal imbalances, stress, anxiety and infections.
Common causes include:
Estrogen and progesterone deficiency - Estrogen and progesterone deficiency with menopause and peri-menopause. This can begin as much as 12 years before periods stop and your blood tests for menopause become abnormal. The tipoff is that the sweats/flashes are worse around and in the week before your period and/or having irregular periods.
Testosterone deficiency (In men) - Consider this if you have fatigue, low libido, difficulty with erections, high cholesterol, or depression.
Infections (of many types) - Sinusitis or spastic colon suggests yeast overgrowth in both men and women.
Drops in blood sugar caused by a low adrenal.
Acid reflux being inhaled (especially at night while sleeping) - Taking Pepcid or Tagamet at bedtime for a few nights to see if night sweats lessen will tell you if this is the cause.
Chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia.
Overactive thyroid - If racing heart, weight loss and palpitations.