St. Luke's Hospital
Located in Chesterfield, MO
Main Number: 314-434-1500
Emergency Dept: 314-205-6990 Patient Billing: 888-924-9200
Find a Physician Payment Options Locations & Directions
Follow us on: facebook twitter Mobile Email Page Email Page Print Page Print Page Increase Font Size Decrease Font Size Font Size
Meet the Doctor
Spirit of Women
Community Health Needs Assessment
Home > Health Information

Multimedia Encyclopedia


    Skin - clammy

    Sweat - cold; Clammy skin; Cold sweat

    Clammy skin is cool, moist, and usually pale.


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


    • Anxiety attack
    • Heart attack
    • Heat exhaustion
    • Internal bleeding
    • Low blood oxygen levels
    • Severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis)
    • Severe pain
    • Shock

    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:

    • Have the person drink plenty of fluids
    • Move the person to a cool, shaded place

    When to Contact a Medical Professional

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

    • Altered medical status or thinking ability
    • Chest, abdominal or back pain or discomfort
    • Headache
    • Passage of blood in the stool: black stool, bright red or maroon blood
    • Recurrent or persistent vomiting, especially of blood
    • Possible drug abuse
    • Shortness of breath
    • Signs of shock (such as confusion, lower level of alertness, or weak pulse)

    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:

    • How quickly did the clammy skin develop?
    • Has it ever happened before?
    • Has the person been injured?
    • Is the person in pain?
    • Does the person seem anxious or stressed?
    • Has the person recently been exposed to high temperatures?
    • What other symptoms are present?


    Jones AE, Kline JA. Shock. In: Marx JA, Hockberger RS, Walls RM, et al, eds. Rosen’s Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice. 7th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2009:chap 4.


          A Closer Look

            Talking to your MD

              Self Care

                Tests for Skin - clammy

                  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.

                  The information provided herein should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed medical professional should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Links to other sites are provided for information only -- they do not constitute endorsements of those other sites. © 1997- A.D.A.M., Inc. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.

                  A.D.A.M. content is best viewed in IE9 or above, Fire Fox and chrome browser.

                  Back  |  Top
                  About Us
                  Contact Us
                  Locations & Directions
                  Quality Reports
                  Annual Reports
                  Honors & Awards
                  Community Health Needs

                  Brain & Spine
                  Sleep Medicine
                  Urgent Care
                  Women's Services
                  All Services
                  Patients & Visitors
                  Locations & Directions
                  Find a Physician
                  Tour St. Luke's
                  Patient & Visitor Information
                  Contact Us
                  Payment Options
                  Financial Assistance
                  Send a Card
                  Mammogram Appointments
                  Health Tools
                  My Personal Health
                  Spirit of Women
                  Health Information & Tools
                  Clinical Trials
                  Employer Programs -
                  Passport to Wellness

                  Classes & Events
                  Classes & Events
                  Spirit of Women
                  Donate & Volunteer
                  Giving Opportunities
                  Physicians & Employees
                  For Physicians
                  Remote Access
                  Medical Residency Information
                  Pharmacy Residency Information
                  Physician CPOE Training
                  St. Luke's Hospital - 232 South Woods Mill Road - Chesterfield, MO 63017 Main Number: 314-434-1500 Emergency Dept: 314-205-6990 Patient Billing: 888-924-9200
                  Copyright © St. Luke's Hospital Website Terms and Conditions  |  Privacy Policy  |  Notice of Privacy Practices PDF  |  Patient Rights PDF Sitemap St. Luke's Mobile