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What causes excessive sweating?

I'm not a smoker but every now and again I will have a cigarette . But then I get really warm then start getting hot and cold sweats from top to bottom I'll be sweating my clothes are wet and my face you can see the sweat roll off my face . I feel light headed and need to lye down and sweat it off and Ater 30 min it's gone
Sat, 15 Feb 2014
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Hi,

The symptoms that you are describing occur due to an excess of nicotine reaching your blood stream. Your body has developed no tolerance for nicotine and so, it reacts in this way. The symptoms improve when nicotine is metabolized and is no longer active. You can prevent this by reducing the number of puffs you take from a cigarette. Even better would be not to smoke at all!

Best wishes.
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What causes excessive sweating?

Hi, The symptoms that you are describing occur due to an excess of nicotine reaching your blood stream. Your body has developed no tolerance for nicotine and so, it reacts in this way. The symptoms improve when nicotine is metabolized and is no longer active. You can prevent this by reducing the number of puffs you take from a cigarette. Even better would be not to smoke at all! Best wishes.