Hypovolemic shock occurs when the human body loses more than one-fifth of its blood or fluid supply. The condition is life-threatening, as it can lead to organ failure, and requires immediate medical attention as soon as it is suspected. Hypovolemic is the most common type of shock, resulting from sudden and significant fluid and blood loss. Blood and fluid loss of this magnitude can occur after several types of incidents, from cuts and traumatic injuries to endometriosis and internal bleeding. When the body begins to lose fluids, it can cause a drop in blood volume, as well. The body loses fluids through prolonged diarrhea, burns, vomiting, and excessive sweating. The following symptoms range from mild to severe and are all known indicators of hypovolemic shock.
Cold, Clammy Skin
Experiencing cold and clammy skin is one of the more severe symptoms of hypovolemic shock. The shock is broken into three stages, with this particular symptom arising after the condition has already progressed into the second stage. As such, it must be taken seriously, warranting immediate medical attention, especially if it is detected in conjunction with other symptoms. Clammy skin does not result from physical exertion or hot temperatures. Rather, it is a sign the bodily systems have gone into shock as a response to a traumatic event, such as a lack of sufficient blood circulation in the case of hypovolemic shock. Shock develops as the body's response to a sudden and severe drop in blood pressure.