Excessive Sweating and Lupus

Posted on April 04, 2019

Hot and Cold Flashes, Sweating, and Lupus

“One moment I am so hot it feels like there is fire surging through my veins and my mouth feels like it’s melting lava, then the next moment I am shivering cold.”

~ A MyLupusTeam member

“My whole body gets so hot that I feel like I want to jump out of my skin.”

~ A MyLupusTeam member

“I go from freezing to burning and dripping sweat.”

~ A MyLupusTeam member

Excessive sweating, hot flashes, or extreme body temperature fluctuations are a frequent challenge for MyLupusTeam members. They can be a side effect of medications, a symptom of menopause, a consequence of lupus’ impact on the nervous system and hormones, or another condition. Early menopause, which is common among women with lupus, can also cause hot flashes and sweating.

Along with general discomfort and occasional embarrassment, sweating and hot flashes can add to the sleep problems people with lupus often face. A MyLupusTeam member wrote: “I am waking up because I am freezing due to being soaked from head to toe with night sweats.”

Members of MyLupusTeam shared the following suggestions for managing sweating and hot flashes:

  • Cooling mattress or mattress cover

  • Cold water

  • Cold compresses or ice packs

  • Fans by the bed

  • Black cohosh supplements (Always check with your doctor before adding any supplements to your treatment plan.)

On MyLupusTeam, the social network and online support group for those living with lupus, members talk about a range of personal experiences and struggles. Sweating is one of the most discussed topics.

Here are some question-and-answer threads about sweating and hot flashes:

Here are some conversations about sweating and hot flashes:

Do you experience hot flashes or excessive sweating? Share your experiences in the comments below or directly on MyLupusTeam.

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A MyLupusTeam Member said:

I’m so glad to read this thread! I sweat constantly and mainly on my face and head. It just drips everywhere. I also turn so red and itch. The things I… read more

posted 4 days ago


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