Skin feels cold and wet
Skin feels cold, wet, cool anxiety symptoms description:
- You experience a sudden cold, wet, or cool feeling on your skin or patches on your skin.
- For no apparent reason, it suddenly feels like your skin, or a patch on your skin, is unusually cold, as though you have wet and/or cold clothes touching it.
- For no apparent reason, if feels like someone touched your skin with a damp, cool cloth.
- It can also feel like your skin, or a patch on your skin, felt a cool breeze even though there isn’t any wind.
The skin feels cold and wet feeling can occur on or in your arms, hands, fingers, toes, legs, feet, head, face, stomach, anywhere on or in your body, or encompass your entire body.
The skin feels cold and wet anxiety symptoms can persistently affect one area of the body only, can shift and affect another area or areas, and can migrate all over and affect many and/or all areas of the body over and over again.
The skin feels cold and wet anxiety symptoms can come and go rarely, occur frequently, or persist indefinitely. For example, you may have a cold feeling once and a while and not that often, have it off and on, or have it all the time.
The skin feels cold and wet anxiety symptoms may precede, accompany, or follow an escalation of other anxiety sensations and symptoms, or occur by itself.
The skin feels cold and wet anxiety symptoms can precede, accompany, or follow an episode of nervousness, anxiety, fear, and elevated stress, or occur ‘out of the blue’ and for no apparent reason.
The skin feels cold and wet anxiety symptoms can range in intensity from slight, to moderate, to severe. It can also come in waves, where the cold and wet feeling is strong one moment and eases off the next.
The skin feels cold and wet anxiety symptoms can last for a brief moment, a few moments, a few minutes, ten to twenty minutes or more, for hours at a time, or indefinitely.
The skin feels cold and wet anxiety symptoms can change from day to day, and/or from moment to moment.
All of the above combinations and variations are common.
What causes the cold and wet skin anxiety symptoms?
Behaving apprehensively (anxiously, anxiety) activates the body’s stress response, which secretes stress hormones into the bloodstream. These stress hormones (adrenaline, cortisol, and others) travel to targeted spots in the body to bring about specific physiological, psychological, and emotional changes that enhance the body’s ability to deal with a threat—to either fight with or flee from it—which is the reason this response is often referred to as the fight or flight response or the emergency response.
Part of the emergency response changes include constricting blood vessels and shunting blood around in the body so that it is better equipped to deal with a perceived threat. For example, blood is shunted away from the skin and to other parts in the body that are more important for emergency action. This shunting action can cause the skin, or parts of the skin, to feel cold and/or wet. Experiencing skin that feels cold and wet is a common sensation associated with an active stress response.
When stress responses occur infrequently, the body can recover relatively quickly from the physiological, psychological, and emotional changes the stress response brings about. When stress responses occur too frequently and/or dramatically, however, the body has a more difficult time recovering, which can result in the body remaining in a semi hyperstimulated state, since stress hormones are stimulants. A body that becomes stress-response hyperstimulated can exhibit similar sensations and symptoms to that of an active emergency response..and many more, including causing the skin that feels cold and wet.
We explain these reasons in more detail in Chapter 9 (our member’s symptoms chapter) in the Recovery Support area of our website.
How to get rid of the cold feeling on the skin anxiety symptoms?
When the skin feels cold and wet anxiety symptoms are caused by apprehensive behavior and the accompanying stress response changes, calming yourself down will bring an end to the response and its changes. As your body recovers from an active stress response, the cold and wet feelings on the skin symptom will subside. Keep in mind that it can take up to 20 minutes or more for the body to recover from an active response. But this is normal and needn’t be a cause for concern.
When the skin feels cold and wet symptoms are caused by persistent stress, such as from stress-response hyperstimulation, it may take a lot more time for the body to eliminate its hyperstimulated state, and to the point where the skin feels cold and wet anxiety symptoms subside.
Nevertheless, when the body has fully recovered from the stress of being anxious, anxiety caused skin feels cold and wet symptoms completely disappear. Therefore, they needn’t be a cause for concern.
You can speed up the recovery process by reducing your stress, practicing relaxed breathing, increasing your rest and relaxation, and not worrying about your skin feels cold and wet anxiety symptom. Sure, the skin feels cold and wet symptoms can be bothersome and annoying, but again, when your body has recovered from an active stress response and/or sustained stress, this symptom will completely disappear.
If you are having difficulty containing your worry about this symptom, you may want to connect with one of our anxiety disorder therapists, coaches, or counselors. Working with an experienced anxiety disorder therapist, coach, or counselor is the most effective way to overcome what seems like uncontrollable anxiety.
For a more detailed explanation about anxiety symptoms, including the skin feels cold and wet symptoms, why symptoms can persist long after the stress response has ended, common barriers to recovery and symptom elimination, and more recovery strategies and tips, we have many chapters that address this information in the Recovery Support area of our website.
The combination of good self-help information and working with an experienced anxiety disorder coach, counselor, or therapist is the most effective way to address anxiety disorder and its many symptoms. Until the core causes of anxiety are addressed - the underlying factors that motivate apprehensive behavior - a struggle with anxiety disorder can return again and again. Identifying and successfully addressing anxiety's underlying factors is the best way to overcome problematic anxiety.
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Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated June 27, 2017.