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#1 of 4 Old 01-20-2008, 11:14 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I need help with DH and his night sweats. His sweats are sour and cause a funk in our room - not to mention the yellow stains on bedding. I have given up on pretty linens. Pretty linens dont mean anything in the midst of co-sleeping and baby/toddler urps!

DH is on antidepressants. A Med Change is NOT an option ( finding the right cocktail for a bipolar partner was a struggle and he is doing AWESOME) He has putrid night sweats. They are so bad he has a layer of moisture on his body - ok he feels SLIMY!! he says "Michelle - it pools in my ears and runs out!" His body feels like its on fire.

DH normal hygiene routine is only so-so so that doesn't help. He showers every other day as do I - but he is more oily.

Sometimes I can convince him we need to use 2 blankets - one for me and one for him but his feelings get hurt because he likes to be close. I usually will snuggle him but tuck the covers between us so I can get a layer between us.

I dont know what to do. The most I can wash our bedding is once a week.

Our room gets a funk - Our nanny gets our daughter out of our room everymorning -

UGH! Im 5 months pregnant and its bugging me more -I wake up because he STINKS

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I would be honest with him. I would really want to know if I had that problem.

After that, I would suggest a quick pre-bedtime shower and then a dusting with powder (maybe cornstarch or baking soda mixed with an essential oil if either of you wants that too). I used to have terrible night sweats from night terrors, I kept a shaker of cornstarch and lavender in my room. I would powder up before changing my shirt.
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Have him take an epsom salt bath 1-2 cups, or as much as he can tolerate. Also add 1-2 cups of baking soda. Both these will help him detox.

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Do you know for sure that the night sweats are a side effect of his medication? If so, there may not be anything you can do short of switching (which doesn't sound like an option).

He should mention it to his Dr. to see if there is anything else they can do. A friend of mine is in the same situation (but is a woman). Her dr. is considering a hormone imbalance caused by the meds. Don't know if that would apply to men though.

Otherwise, I think he's just going to have to start showering more! Once a day maybe, right before bed?

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