What are the symptoms of shock?

A person who is in shock may experience multiple symptoms, depending on the immediate cause of shock. You may become cold and clammy or sweat profusely. You may experience a weak but rapid pulse, shallow breathing, confusion, dizziness, anxiety, chest pain, or irregular urine output. You may become lethargic or have bluish or pale skin. With septic shock you may have no noticeable signs; for others, confusion may be your only symptom until kidneys begin to fail.

 Dr. Kathleen Handal, MD
Emergency Medicine
The following are the signs and symptoms of shock:
  • Anxiety, restlessness
  • Rapid, weak pulse
  • Rapid, shallow breathing
  • Pale, cold, clammy skin
  • Blue/pale lips and nail beds
  • Coldness of extremities
  • Thirst, dryness in mouth
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness, fainting
  • Mental confusion
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