What other symptoms might occur with a cold sweat?

A cold sweat often occurs with other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition.

Symptoms that may occur with a cold sweat include:

  • Aches and pains

  • Anxiety or stress

  • Chills

  • Dizziness

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Pale skin

  • Weakness

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, a cold sweat may occur with other symptoms and certain combinations of symptoms that might indicate a serious or life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening symptoms, with or without a cold sweat:

  • Change in alertness or level of consciousness or alertness, such as passing out or unresponsiveness

  • Change in mental status or sudden behavior change, such as confusion, delirium, lethargy, hallucinations and delusions

  • Chest pain or feeling of tightness, pressure or squeezing in the chest, upper back, jaw, shoulder, or arm

  • Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, or wheezing

  • Grey or bluish coloration of the skin, lips or nails (cyanosis)

  • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)

  • Palpitations

  • Seizure

  • Severe pain

  • Throat tightness or swelling of the face, tongue or mouth

  • Uncontrolled bleeding

  • Vomiting blood, passing bloody stools, or heavy rectal bleeding

INTRODUCTION

What is a cold sweat?

A cold sweat is a condition in which you sweat and your skin feels clammy and very cool or cold. It commonly affects the palms of the hands, underarms, and feet.

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CAUSES

What causes a cold sweat?

A cold sweat is often caused by mental and emotional stress, anxiety, or panic, but it can also be caused by a variety of diseases and disorders. A cold sweat may be a symptom of a serious or life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting, such as heart attack or severe allergic reaction.

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Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 1, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.