Thrush and night sweats are two menopause symptoms that many women find particularly difficult to deal with. The disruptive nature of these conditions, and the embarrassment that often accompanies them, can seem hard to manage. However, these symptoms are typically easy to treat. Read on for more information about what can be done to combat both issues.
Why Are Thrush and Night Sweats Affecting the Legs?
Night sweats are caused by the estrogen imbalances usually brought about by menopause. Reduced estrogen levels during this period can cause the hypothalamus (the part of the brain responsible for regulating body temperature) to detect heat and incorrectly order the body to cool down. The result is experienced as excess perspiration and night sweats.
Thrush, a common fungal infection, can also be traced back to estrogen imbalance. This is because the changing condition of the vagina during menopause leaves it susceptible to infections and dryness, which can result in thrush breakouts.
What Are the Symptoms?
The symptoms of thrush and night sweats are explored below:
Oral thrush. This fungus often lives in the body without producing symptoms. However, women experiencing vaginal thrush may also notice white spots appearing in their mouth.
Burning sensation in the legs. When accompanied by thrush, a burning sensation in the legs is typically connected to menopause related estrogen imbalance. However, the symptoms can also be a sign of osteoporosis, so it is recommended that woman seek a physician's advice if they experience the condition.
Night sweats. Scientifically known as nocturnal hyperhidrosis, this is an unpleasant condition characterized by sudden sweating experienced during the night. Sufferers can wake up disorientated, cold, drenched in sweat, and shivering uncontrollably.
What Can Be Done about Thrush and Night Sweats?
Some women may worry that their night sweats are causing thrush symptoms, or vice versa. However, these are generally two separate symptoms with the same root cause - menopausal hormone imbalance. Fortunately, there are ways of naturally and effectively treating both conditions. Listed below are several suggestions for treating thrush and night sweats:
- Wear lightweight, moisture-wicking clothing to bed
- Sleep with blankets and sheets made from lightweight fabric
- Take herbal remedies to help restore estrogen imbalance (e.g., black cohosh and dong quai)
- Elevate your legs where possible and apply a cooling ice pack to ease any burning sensations (massages are also helpful)
- Keep your body and mouth as clean as possible at all times
If the above treatments don't provide sufficient relief, women should consult a doctor to explore other remedies. Thrush and night sweats can be bothersome conditions, but they are treatable.
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- The National Institute of Health. (n.d)."Signs of the Menopausal Transition" Retrieved from www.nih.gov
- Boston Women's Health Collective. "Hot Flashes, Night Sweats and Sleep Disturbances". Our Bodies, Ourselves, 2006.
- Von Muhlen, DG, et al. "A community-based study of menopause symptoms and estrogen replacement in older women". Maturitas. Sept 1995; 22(2):71-8.