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Cold Sweats and Dizziness

Cold Sweats and Dizziness

Regularly occurring cold sweats and dizziness can be the tell tale signs of a serious ailment, while a sporadic spell can be treated with some simple remedies. This article will help you with them.
Sujata Iyer
Last Updated: Mar 16, 2018
You may have experienced a sudden gush of weakness, the room around you spinning, the need to urgently lie down and rest yourself lest you lose your sense of balance, and other such symptoms combined with a sudden change in your skin to pale and clammy tone, with streaks of sweat on it. You have been through a classic cold sweat and dizziness spell. The cause may vary from person to person depending on the constitution, lifestyle, eating habits, medical history, etc. This HealthHearty article has attempted to list some of the most common causes for such spells and also some measures that you can take when you experience one.


In this section, we'll highlight some of the reasons that you may be experiencing the discomfort of cold sweats, uncharacteristic of a normal person.

Low Blood Pressure
The force with which blood flows through the blood vessels in our body is called blood pressure. A normal blood pressure helps the body to maintain itself. Hence, when the blood pressure goes down, the body loses some of its energy and this could result in a cold sweat, dizziness and also loss of balance.

Low Sugar Level
Another cause of a spell of cold sweats and dizziness is a low level of blood glucose. When the blood does not convert enough nutrients into glucose, we don't have enough energy and this leads to weakness and cold sweats.

Mental Stress
Too much of mental and psychological stress is also found out to be a reason for cold sweats. With undue stress comes nervousness and tiredness, which are characterized by cold sweats, weakness and dizziness.

Our body needs a minimum of 2 liters of water in order to sustain itself and carry out its life processes properly. People generally undermine the importance of adequate water in the body. Less water in the body can also be a reason for the cold sweats and dizziness that you might be experiencing.

Heat Stroke
Sometimes sudden or prolonged exposure to the sun can also be known to cause cold sweats, dizziness, weakness, blurred vision, and other such symptoms. This is a dangerous situation, especially if the person has not eaten anything prior to exposure to the sun.

Unbearable Pain
You may have experienced a momentary blackout or dizziness when you were severely injured or wounded. When you experience immense pain, your blood pressure reduces and you feel dizzy and break out in cold sweats.

Other Reasons
There are also some other reasons, that you might be experiencing cold sweats and dizziness, combined with weakness, loss of balance and possible brain fog. These have been listed below.
  • Medication
  • Heart Attack
  • Viral or Bacterial Infection
  • Hormones
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Faulty Eating Habits
  • Concussion
  • Internal Bleeding
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Acute Gastritis
  • Anxiety

The first and most important thing that you should do if you experience a dizzy spell is sit down or lie down for a short while. This will bring your blood flow to normal levels and you will feel better. If you feel better within about ten to fifteen minutes, then you can go about making some of the home remedies mentioned below.
  • Lemon juice, using one lemon, a glass of water, a pinch of salt and a pinch of black pepper powder.
  • A tbsp of apple cider vinegar together with a little honey in it will also help.
  • Always keep a few confectioneries at hand. When you feel dizzy and clammy, just pop one of them in your mouth. If not a sweet, put a sugar cube in your mouth and let it melt.
  • Consuming teas like chamomile, peppermint, lavender etc. will also make you feel better.
If your cold sweats and dizzy spells do not subside, visit a doctor for immediate attention and act as per his advice. Follow a nutritious diet, exercise regularly and lead a healthy lifestyle to keep yourself fit and less prone to such spells.