Tingling in the hands is often associated with other symptoms like pain, burning, or numbness in the hands. These type of sensations commonly reflect damage to the nerves in the area (neuropathy); because these are peripheral areas of the body, the term peripheral neuropathy is used to refer to this type of symptom. Peripheral neuropathy has a number of causes and varies in severity among affected people. Vitamin deficiency, diabetes and kidney failure are among the medical causes of tingling in the hands and feet due to nerve damage. Taking certain medications can also cause tingling in the hands and feet. Other potential causes of peripheral neuropathy include autoimmune diseases, toxins, alcoholism, and infections.
Tingling hands causes
Not only occurs in the arms or legs, temporary tingling occurs when a limb is subjected to pressure for a long time. This makes the blood supply to the nerves in that area blocked. You can also feel tingling in the hands, for example when you sleep with your head on top of your arms.
Because it is temporary, this condition can subside on its own if you free the tingling area from the pressure, such as straightening your legs after sitting cross-legged or removing a crushed hand. That way the blood flow will return smoothly.
Another cause is Raynaud’s disease. This disease affects the blood supply to certain areas of the body, such as the fingers and toes. This disease especially strikes when the sufferer is stressed, anxious, or in a cold temperature room.
Causes of prolonged tingling hands
Prolonged tingling is usually related to your health condition, for example due to diabetes, kidney problems, liver disease, stroke, brain tumors, cancer, hormonal imbalances, multiple sclerosis, carpal tunnel syndrome, ulnar nerve compression.
In addition, the drugs you are taking can also trigger tingling, for example chemotherapy drugs used to treat breast cancer and lymphoma, anti-seizure drugs, antibiotics, and drugs for HIV / AIDS.
How to diagnose Tingling Hands?
The doctor will trace the medical history and complaints, and perform a physical examination and investigations. Several supporting tests may be ordered, such as blood tests, electromyogram (EMG) tests, cerebrospinal fluid examination, nerve conduction tests, MRI, and biopsy.
Once a diagnosis has been made, the doctor can determine a treatment for the tingling that you are experiencing. For example, if tingling occurs due to diabetes, the doctor will remind you to always control your blood sugar levels, give medication to maintain blood sugar levels, and adopt a healthy diet.
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Most cases of tingling that occur are temporary. You are advised to see a doctor immediately if your tingling worsens, is accompanied by a rash, dizziness, muscle spasms, frequent urination, pain in the neck, forearms and fingers, body feels weak or can’t move, or loses consciousness.
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