The faster the signs and symptoms of nerve damage are recognised, the faster treatment can be started. If you experience persistent tingling in the hands or feet, see the doctor so that the underlying problem can be discovered and the symptoms brought under control. The earlier treatment is sought the easier it will be to reduce the effects of the nerve damage.
Approximately 30% of cases of peripheral neuropathy are caused by diabetes, making it the number one cause. It is quite often the case for tingling in the hands and legs to be the first sign of diabetes, followed by the sensation spreading up the legs and arms. In around 30% of cases of peripheral neuropathy, the cause is unknown and usually remains unknown throughout the sufferer’s life. All that can be offered to these people is mild treatments to control the severity of the tingling in the hands or feet.
The remaining 40% of cases of this nerve damage condition are caused by one of four factors. The first is nerve entrapment syndromes such as carpal tunnel syndrome. The second is systemic diseases, which include such things as liver disease, kidney disorders, blood diseases, hormonal imbalances and cancers and benign tumours putting pressure on nerves. The third factor is vitamin deficiencies including vitamin E, B1, B6 and B12, which are all needed in order for nerves to function properly and healthily. Ironically too much B6 can also cause tingling in the hands and feet. The fourth factor is alcoholism as alcoholics often have vitamin deficiencies and it is also thought that alcoholism itself can directly cause nerve damage.
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