Moist skin is skin that feels slightly wet or damp to the touch..
Wet skin, skin wetness, dampskin.
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.
Low blood sugar
Withdrawal from narcotics
Spinal cord injury
High blood pressure
Assess and treat the underlying condition.
If you experience moist skin along with any of these symptoms:
Passing out or fainting
Blindness or visual changes
Pallor (pale skin)
Written by: JC Jones MA, RN Reviewed by: Paul Auerbach, MD Written: September 13, 2007 Last Updated: September 30, 2007 Published By:
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