Moist Skin
Moist skin is an indication that the body is sweating (perspiring). Perspiration is the release of liquid from the sweat glands of the body, a ...

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Definition

Moist skin is skin that feels slightly wet or damp to the touch..

Alternative Names

Wet skin, skin wetness, dampskin.

Synopsis

Moist skin is an indication that the body is sweating (perspiring). Perspiration is the release of liquid from the sweat glands of the body, a normal body function to help the body stay cool. We are born with two to four million sweat glands and we sweat more in hot environments, when we exercise or when we are nervous, embarrassed or frightened. If, however, the skin is generally moist from sweat in absence of these conditions, and accompanied by weight loss, fever, shortness of breath, chest palpitations, chest pain or other symptoms, it may be an indication of an underlying medical condition.

Associated Diagnoses

  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Menopause
  • Arthritis
  • Alcohol intake
  • Caffeine consumption
  • Heart disease
  • Anxiety
  • Infection
  • Low blood sugar
  • Withdrawal from narcotics
  • AIDS
  • Graves disease
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Panic attack
  • Pain
  • Cancer
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • High blood pressure

Treatments

Assess and treat the underlying condition.

Call 911:

If you experience moist skin along with any of these symptoms:

  • Chest pain
  • Confusion
  • Passing out or fainting
  • Sweating profusely
  • Bleeding
  • Jaw pain
  • Severe headache
  • Blindness or visual changes
  • Abdominal pain
  • Pallor (pale skin)
  • Dizziness

Written by: JC Jones MA, RN
Reviewed by: Paul Auerbach, MD
Written: September 13, 2007
Last Updated: September 30, 2007
Published By: Healthline Networks Inc.
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