Last updated on July 12th, 2019 at 03:12 am
Our body is a wonderfully designed system that knows when things are going right, but also when things are going wrong. Did you know that having a warm body temperature or sweating all the time can be a symptom of a medical condition that requires immediate attention?
Have you also met those people that always complain about having cold extremities? They have cold hands and feet in the middle of the summer. Also, their ears and nose are always cold.
But did you know that many people’s problem is the opposite? They commonly ask: “Why am I hot all the time when others can enjoy putting on warm clothes in the winter?”. They would love to put on winter clothes, but they rather have a hot body and they even sweat.
Here is a very educational video about being hot or cold all the time.
The fact of the matter is that often people disregard the symptoms of always being hot or cold, thinking that it is normal. Serious problems could often be prevented by watching these early signs, which might require a professional to diagnose and treat you.
Are you one of those who always asks your friends to jack up the air conditioner in their homes and vehicles?
The ideal and programmed temperature of our body is 98.6 degrees, with variations on each body, depending on diet and overall health. And our bodies often perceive heat or cold by the temperature of our extremities. You may not be as hot as it feels; neither as cold as your feet and hands.
In this article, I will share with you 12 disorders that can make you hot all the time. Some of them do not require medical attention, but others need immediate attention. It will help you find out whether you should seek medical help, or if the symptom is a sign of a healthy body.
12 Disorders That Cause Your Body Temperature To Raise
Hyperthyroidism is when the thyroid glands, which are located in the front of your neck, become overactive or shed out abnormal levels of the thyroid hormone.
The thyroids are responsible for controlling your metabolism, breathing, heart rate, weight, body temperature, among others. When the thyroid becomes overactive, these processes are sped up and a series of things can occur, including excessive sweating.
Other symptoms include, but are not limited to, nervousness, anxiety, racing heartbeats, trembling, weight loss, weight gain, sleeping disorders, frequent or irregular bowel movements, and hair loss.
If you are having some of these symptoms and you have been sweating excessively only recently, you must consider seeing a doctor as soon as possible.
Hyperthyroidism can cause many negative long-term effects on your health. Osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, and others are not uncommon for leaving the thyroids untreated. The solution is actually very easy: Prescription medication to regulate your thyroids can reduce the risk of suffering long-term effects due to hyperthyroidism.
2) Stress Disorders
We live in such a hectic society, that many people, if not all, develop anxiety, depression and related disorders at some point in life. We can never seem to become calm and relaxed for a moment. Everything has to move and we still have to do this and that to get everything done.
Did you know that being hot can be a symptom of being stressed?
Anxiety attacks, panic attacks, and others make a person go all overboard, changing a person’s view of reality. Stress hormones are released, among which you can find adrenaline, which makes your apocrine glands also produce more sweat than you would normally produce, or just raise your body temperature to the point where you feel that you are being hot.
Should you seek medical advice? If you are continually under stress and you can not manage it, you should definitely seek professional help. Counselors can teach you how to become more relaxed in a world that is driving you crazy.
However, being hot due to stress is not a matter that requires immediate attention. Once your stress goes down, your body temperature should become normal once again.
3) Women’s Things
Women, did you know that ovulation, pregnancy, and menopause all increase your body temperature?
Indeed, the temperature method to track your ovulation is among the most known and reliable way to know when you are most fertile.
When keeping the record of your temperature every single morning at around the same time, right after waking up, you will see a sudden rise in temperature, which signals fertility. After your period, the temperature will go down to normal.
Although it is only a minimal rise in temperature, this 1 degree Fahrenheit can definitely make a change in how you feel.
Did I mention pregnancy? I suffer from primary hyperhidrosis and I was always uncomfortable hanging my clothes back into the closet that did not need to be washed. My wife always wondered why I would hang them over the chairs or somewhere in our home. It bugged her. I tried to explain that I had been sweating and I did not want them in the closet.
Then she got pregnant with our first son and suddenly she understood. Pregnancy raises your body temperature for one because your baby needs a warmer nest, but also because your organs have to work harder to supply the baby’s needs. And your temperature rises, especially in the last trimester.
You might even sweat, something you could not have experienced before.
Also, the menopause can increase your body temperature drastically. Research shows that around 80% of women that experience hot flashes, experience them for up to 2 years, starting just before menopause.
In fact, most women experience the first hot flash just before their last period. Hot flashes are by far the most common symptom of menopause. Around 75% of women face hot flashes at the beginning of menopause.
If you women feel hot all the time, find out if ovulation, pregnancy or menopause could have anything to do with a sudden rise in temperature. In that case, seeing a doctor would not be necessary. However, if other symptoms accompany the sudden rise of temperature, consult your physician.
Did you know that food can increase your body temperature? Sure enough, avoiding certain foods could reduce your temperature and the feeling of being hot all the time.
Capsaicin, which can be found in many foods, is a chemical that releases heat. Mexican and Chinese cuisines are well-known to contain elevated levels of this chemical, which can even make you sweat.
Simply said, jalapeño peppers are an excellent source of capsaicin that can make you sweat for a good while.
Not only do these foods elevate your body temperature while you eat it or sometime after you eat it. If you eat these foods on a regular basis, your overall body temperature will be elevated.
Mexican and Chinese foods are high in capsaicin as said, Indian and other Asian cuisines can make you feel hot all the time as well.
In this case, a change of diet is the only thing required to reduce your body temperature. However, if you like the taste of food that can elevate your body temperature, there is no need to cut down on it just for the sake of not feeling hot anymore.
5) Caffeine, Alcohol And Food Sensitivities
It is known that caffeine and alcohol rise your body temperatures, in some cases, you will even start to sweat. However, the reason for that has not yet been discovered.
In general, hot beverages and drinks can trigger hot flashes and sweating. Although we usually drink hot beverages to relax and cold drinks to cool off, our body does not get the point of that. We increase the rate of our organs by drinking hot beverages and we might feel hot afterward.
There is no need to be worried about feeling hot after drinking your coffee, tea, and other drinks. If your temperature levels depend only on hot drinks, you can go ahead and drink them.
Personally, I prefer not to drink hot beverages regularly, because it triggers my excessive sweating noticeably.
6) You’re Exercising Very Much or You Are Out Of Shape
This sounds as if it was contradictory, but it is very true. If you are exercising a lot, you can think of your body as an engine that runs. An engine that runs, makes the system warm. The same thing happens in your body.
People that exercise regularly report an increase in their metabolism, which keeps the whole body warmer. Especially your extremities will feel warmer if you exercise. Not only will they feel warmer during the routine, but that keeps on if you keep up your routine for at least some time.
The benefits of increasing your body temperature are at hand: You burn more calories, but you also kill virus and bacteria effectively without having to get medications.
Nevertheless, don’t overdo your fitness, as that can lead to serious problems. Your body temperature requires to be in a certain range. Your body has to produce stunning amounts of sweat in order to maintain your body temperature. And that requires lots of energy and liquids.
Also, working out in heat of the sun or in very warm rooms is not healthy because your body is under stress and cannot perform as well.
What about being out of shape?
When you gain too many extra pounds and become obese, your body temperature will increase because your organs have to work really hard to get the needed blood supply and nutrients. This fight for life makes your heart rate increase, which in turn brings your temperature up.
Did I mention that this is not the healthy way to get your body temperature up? Be aware of diseases that accompany obesity in most cases. In the worst case scenario, you will see people dying suddenly from heart failure, people admitted to hospital because of diabetes, among others.
In this case, change your diet and your lifestyle. Make small improvements to gain better health and sweating and the feeling of being hot will subside.
My Personal Experience
I have been well overweight ever since my early teens. I was around 100 pounds over my ideal weight at the highest. During this time I was feeling hot all the time, even during the colder winter months.
People could not believe that I was always hot, and I think part of it was psychological because I was stressing about excessive sweating at that time. However, when I found the solution to excessive sweating, I still felt hot most of the time.
When I decided to go on a diet and try to lose weight, I did not believe that it would make a difference in my body temperature. After losing around 50 pounds, I noticed a difference, especially during the cold winter months. During the summer I did not notice that I felt less hot, but in the winter it made a significant difference. However, I believe my body has to get used to wearing jackets in the winter because I did seldom wear a jacket.
So, I was not necessarily doing more exercise, but I lost significant weight, which made me feel less hot.
7) Prescription Medicine
We would all love to live our lives without meds, but that is just not possible in many cases. People need meds for all different causes, but there are so many side effects and long-term effects on health because of the substances that they are made of.
Hot flashes are one of the symptoms that prescription meds can cause. The most common meds that trigger our body temperature are opioids (meds that treat pain that cannot be effectively treated with other meds) and antidepressants (meds that fight depression and various other problems).
Osteoporosis drugs are also well-known for causing hot flashes.
If you are on one of these drugs and you have found that these symptoms are alike, the only thing to do is to let your caregiver know what you are experiencing.
Sometimes the body is getting used to new prescription drugs and it can take time to adjust. It takes a time of trial and error to see if certain medications are causing you uncomfortable hot flashes or if your body is getting acclimated to the meds.
In case that your body cannot stop having these hot flashes, you can and possibly should try to switch your medications.
8) Diabetes (Both Types)
Diabetes itself will never make you feel hot all the time. However, if you have any type of diabetes and you suddenly feel hot and even shaky, your body is trying to tell you something about blood sugar levels.
Individuals suffering from diabetes have unstable insulin levels all the time, which makes them prone to symptoms that are not healthy and not desirable at all.
If you feel hot, shaky and dizzy after a meal, you might want to check the insulin levels you are giving your body. And vice versa, if you feel the same before a meal, you also want to check out your blood sugar levels.
I am not suffering from diabetes, but I occasionally experience hot flashes as well, especially if my sugar intake is high. After a few hours, when the low blood sugar level comes, you can start feeling awful and your body asks for food immediately.
In a nutshell, if you feel hot all the time because of food, check it out with your doctor to rule out pre-diabetes.
Individuals with diabetes don’t just feel hot all the time, they even tend to sweat excessively, which in this case is known as secondary hyperhidrosis.
Sweating tells a lot about your overall health and is a warning sign, and more if it is a sudden symptom.
Aging is not something we look forward too. Whether we like it or not, we all grow older every day and sooner or later we hit the 40s and off we are for many things that we had not experienced before.
But why does aging cause you to feel hot all the time?
The answer is rather simple: Because many things in our bodies are going differently than they used to, we can experience symptoms like sweating more than we ever did.
Let’s be realistic, as we age, our organs grow older and the rule of thumb is that everything starts to “rust” when growing older.
Our vision is becoming weaker, our hearing is diminishing, etc.
Back to the answer to our question, all the previously mentioned things that cause the feeling of being hot are more common in people over 40.
That is not to stress you more, but to make it clear that you need to listen to your body. Maybe at this age, your body is trying to convey a message.
In fact, night sweats can be an early sign of lymphoma and the risk for cancer increases as you age.
Check out your overall health with your caregiver and see if feeling hot all the time could be a sign of a major health issue.
10) Dehydration (Drinking Too Little Water)
Dehydration is when you do not have enough fluids in your body. Through sweating, you lose quite a bit of liquid that needs to be replenished as soon as possible.
However, when you don’t give your body enough water, it has to set priorities as to what to use the liquids for.
That is, your blood volume decreases when dehydrated. This makes your heart work harder to get the same job done with less blood.
Less blood means a raised body temperature. That is why drinking plenty of water throughout the day is crucial to help your heart pump the blood through the body.
In severe cases, the body prioritizes the heart over sweating, but sweating is a necessary function to control body temperature. If dehydration is serious, your body temperature will rise because the heart and other organs are trying to get everything done with less blood. But your body will not be able to sweat to control that temperature rise.
Severe dehydration can eventually cause heat strokes, which can be fatal. The good news is that these outlined cases are extreme and will rarely ever happen.
However, if you feel hot all the time, it could very well mean that you don’t drink enough water.
11) Cardiovascular Disease
It is no secret that people suffering from cardiovascular disease don’t just feel hot all the time, they tend to sweat a lot.
Cardiovascular diseases, like myocardial infarction, weaken the heart and the ability to pump blood effectively through your body is decreased. By nature, other organs will try to compensate for what the heart cannot give.
The nervous system is one of the first ones to come to “help”. Adrenaline will be discharged to notify the body and go on “emergency-mode”.
The direct result of adrenaline is sweating, as you know. That is exactly why people with heart diseases sweat a lot.
A family member suffering from heart disease was regularly short of breath and he sweated a lot all the time. He suffered for decades and as he aged, things got worse until he finally passed away. I recall how a few years back I saw him sweating excessively, gasping for breath, in the middle of cold winter, sitting in a rocking chair.
Science suggests that sweating is a good sign of a heart attack if it comes accompanied by other common symptoms of heart failure.
In fact, starting to sweat excessively suddenly can be a good sign of a heart condition. Sometimes sweating occurs in only the right or left half of the body. Or you can find strange patterns like sweating in your left armpits, and on the right side of your head.
If you experience uncommon sweating, see your doctor as soon as possible.
Excessive sweating without a reason is something that science has yet to explain.
We know what happens in the body of an individual suffering from primary hyperhidrosis, you can also successfully stop it, however, you cannot find why people suffer it or why it happens to some people and to some not.
In fact, sweating is there to regulate your body temperature. Individuals suffering from hyperhidrosis sweat at least 5-6 times the required amount of sweat to regulate body temperature.
Having suffered from primary hyperhidrosis ever since my early teens, I had looked for a solution for many years, until I found it. After that, I have wondered why people suffer from it. However, I have not been given an answer. And I am OK with it because I have found a lasting solution to it.
Primary hyperhidrosis can be divided in a few different ones like gustatory sweating, which is when you sweat because of certain foods that trigger it, and nervous sweating, which is when you sweat excessively when being nervous, and others.
Primary hyperhidrosis can make you feel hot all the time, even if you are not even hot. It just feels like it because we naturally link sweating to heat.
Before I found the solution, I used to say that it was really hot in a certain room, when sometimes it was not even hot. However, I thought that by making the room colder, I would stop sweating, but that never happened.
This condition has little to do with room temperature, although it can get worse when it is hot. I often have terrible armpit sweat marks from sweating in the middle of the coldest winter night, so the temperature does not play a major role in primary hyperhidrosis.
Have You Already Discovered Why You Feel Hot All The Time?
As you can see, there are so many reasons why a person feels hot all the time. Sometimes there is a medical reason behind this feeling, but also sometimes it is completely natural.
If you are unsure about what is happening to you, please be sure to visit your doctor first. Better to be safe than sorry, as the well-known saying goes. Especially if you are suffering from heart disease, never wait too long to seek medical attention.
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Have you experienced any of the above-described symptoms? Did you have to see your doctor or did the symptoms go away? I’d love to hear what you have experienced. We can all learn from each other’s different experiences. Don’t hesitate to leave a comment below describing what you have learned through experience.
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