Skin - clammy

Definition

Clammy skin is cool, moist, and usually pale.

Considerations

Clammy skin may be an emergency. Call your doctor or your local emergency number, such as 911.

Causes

Home Care

Home care depends on what is causing the clammy skin. Call for medical help if you are not sure.

If you think the person is in shock, lie him or her down on the back and raise the legs about 12 inches. Call your local emergency number (such as 911) or take the person to the hospital.

If the clammy skin may be due to heat exhaustion and the person is awake and can swallow:

When to Contact a Medical Professional

Seek immediate medical help if the person has any of the following signs or symptoms:

Always contact your doctor or go to the emergency department if the symptoms do not go away quickly.

What to Expect at Your Office Visit

The health care provider will perform a physical exam and ask questions about the symptoms and the patient's medical history, including:


Review Date: 1/1/2013
Reviewed By: Jacob L. Heller, MD, MHA, Emergency Medicine, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.

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