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9 Possible Causes Of Tingling Sensation In The Hands And Feet

January 16, 2018 16:24

The tingling sensation in your hands and feet is definitely unpleasant and annoying. It’s usually caused by something that is not serious, such as repetitive movements or your hands or feet being in the same position for too long.

But this sensation can also be a symptom of nerve damage which can have many different causes, from diabetes to heavy metal poisoning. If the tingling sensation is persistent, getting worse, isn’t improved by movement, and is accompanied by other signs and symptoms, you should see your doctor and find out what causes it.

Here’s what can cause a tingling sensation in your extremities:

1. Diabetes

If diabetes is undiagnosed or poorly controlled, chronically elevated blood sugar can cause nerve damage (diabetic neuropathy). One of its symptoms is a tingling sensation in your hands and feet that can spread to your arms and legs.

2. Autoimmune disorders

In autoimmune disorders, your own immune system attacks your body’s systems and organs. Autoimmune disorders that can cause tingling in hands and feet include lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjögren’s syndrome, and celiac disease.

3. Vitamin deficiency

Certain vitamins, such as vitamin B12 and other B vitamins, are necessary to support your nerve function. If your body is lacking these vitamins, it can cause a variety of symptoms, including tingling.

4. Infections

Certain viral and bacterial infections can cause inflammation of the nerves, which in turn causes tingling. These infections include Lyme disease, herpes simplex, Epstein-Barr, viral hepatitis, and HIV/AIDS.

5. Injury

Injuries that affect the nerves responsible for sensation in your hands and feet can lead to tingling. Common examples of such injuries are repetitive strain injury and herniated disc.

6. Alcoholism

It's thought that heavy drinking for prolonged periods of time can lead to nerve damage, causing tingling in the extremities.

7. Metal poisoning

Exposure to certain metals, including mercury, lead, thallium, and arsenic, can cause this unpleasant symptom.

8. Use of certain medications

Tingling in the hands and feet can appear as a side effect of certain medicines; these include chemotherapy drugs, antidepressants, anticonvulsants, and medicines for high blood pressure.

9. Multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease in which protective coverings of your nerves become damaged. Some people who have MS describe tingling in their hands and feet as one of their first symptoms.

If your hands and feet tingle, the cause of this sensation is usually harmless. But if the sensation doesn’t go away, you should make an appointment with your doctor.

Source: WebMD, HealthLine, MedicineNet

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