Head Sweats While Sleeping?
Good night, my father (51 years) often sweats on his head while sleeping even though the air is cold. Daily sports and activities at the office are also draining. My father’s head had a lump from 20 years ago. How about the solution? Does the sweating on the head have anything to do with the lump?
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Sweating can be caused by the body's response to excess body heat. Excess heat in the body can be caused by several things, both from outside the body and from inside the body. From the outside, of course, because of the hot weather around. However, since you conveyed that your father was still sweating in a cold room, the heat he experienced may come from conditions in the body such as the following:
1. High levels of thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism)
Thyroid hormone functions to increase the body's metabolism. Levels that are too high can cause the body's metabolism to become excessive so that sufferers feel hot. Symptoms that can be caused by this condition besides the body feeling hot are diarrhea, tremors, sweating easily, difficulty gaining weight, bulging eyes, frequent nervousness, and even abnormal heart rhythms.
2. Viral / bacterial infection
Viral or bacterial infection will trigger a fever. So it is possible that your father's heat is caused by a fever. To be sure, if you have a thermometer, you can use it to check your father's temperature. Other symptoms of course depend on what infection is attacking, and which parts of the body are attacked by viruses / bacteria
3. Post sports
By the effect of increasing metabolism after exercise
The malignancy in the body can also trigger a fever. Other symptoms that can appear in malignancy such as drastic weight loss, pale body, and lumps in certain areas that are a source of malignancy
Sweating can also be caused not due to increased body heat, or it is called hyperhidrosis.
Hyperhidrosis can be caused by:
Genetic factors (primary hyperhidrosis), which are thought to be influenced by the sympathetic nervous system.
Psychological effects, such as stress, anxiety.
The effects of certain diseases, such as heart disease, Parkinson's disease, diseases that attack the nervous system
Lumps on your father's head, can be caused by a tumor or not a tumor, namely:
Enlarged lymph nodes (eg, in cases of upper respiratory tract infections).
Ulcers on the head (furuncles)
Benign tumors, eg lipoma, atheroma.
You don't worry just yet, because maybe the cause of your father's complaint isn't something dangerous. For that, to ascertain the cause, you should further consult with a general practitioner or an Internal Medicine doctor to be examined directly. The doctor will explore further the course of your father's illness and will check your father's temperature and perform a complete physical examination to determine the exact condition of this complaint. The doctor may also perform related investigations to determine the cause, for example, thyroid hormone levels, complete blood count, and if necessary will perform radiological examinations and tumor markers if the examination results are consistent with the doctor's suspicions. And after that the doctor will provide treatment for your father according to the underlying condition.
Here are suggestions that can be done at home to reduce your father's complaints:
1. Wear loose, thin, soft clothing that absorbs sweat. Avoid using layers of clothing.
2. Open the ventilation of the house or workplace so that air circulation is smooth and reduces overheating. Also use a fan or ac if necessary to reduce complaints.
3. Consume nutritious foods that contain antioxidants (fruit, vegetables), omega 3 (almonds, salmon, soybeans, etc.), iron (spinach, red meat)
4. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, smoking, high cholesterol foods (such as lard, butter), dairy products.
5. Regularly exercise light types of cardio such as swimming, healthy walking, jogging, and relaxation sports such as yoga according to your father's abilities at his age
6. Use personal protective equipment when dealing with people who have a disease, for example wearing a mask if a family member or friend has the flu, etc.
7. Avoid foods that are carcinogenic or cause cancer, such as burnt parts of fried products and instant foods.
If there is an emergency in this condition such as very high fever, chills, very fast heart rate, shortness of breath, decreased consciousness, immediately consult your father to the nearest emergency room for immediate treatment
That is the explanation from me. Hopefully helpful and useful. Get well soon for your father :)
dr. Princess Claudya