Causes Of Tingling In Hands And Fingers: Symptoms And Treatment

Tingling in one hand or both is a common symptom mostly afflicting people above 50 years of age. In most cases this affliction is benign and may last for a few weeks. In some rare cases, however, tingling in the hands can be a chronic affliction and may degenerate into a serious malady. This disease can affect either one or both hands.

There are several underlying factors that may lead to tingling of hands. Some of these are:

  • Diabetes: About two-third diabetics suffer from some type of nerve damage. This may trigger the tingling in hands.
    In some cases, these appear as the first signs of diabetes.
  • Nerve entrapment syndromes: Nerve afflictions like ulnar nerve palsy, carpal tunnel syndrome, peroneal nerve palsy, and radial nerve palsy can also lead to this disease.
  • Systemic diseases: Nerves on the hand also get affected by systemic disease. Some such diseases include liver disease, kidney affliction, blood diseases, vascular damage, amyloidosis, chronic inflammation, hormonal imbalances, connective tissue disorders and cancers.
  • Vitamin deficiencies: Vitamins B1, B6, B12 and vitamin E ensure healthy nerve function. A deficiency in any of these can lead to tingling in hand.
  • Alcoholism: Those addicted to alcohol are likely to suffer from thiamine and other vitamin deficiencies leading to this disease. This is primarily because alcoholics tend to have poor dietary habits.

Symptoms Of Tingling In Hands

Tingling in hand may be accompanied by the following symptoms:

  • Burning feeling
  • Mild pain
  • Numbness
  • Redness, swelling and warmth.
  • Loss of strength in hands.

While the above mentioned symptoms are quite common, there are other symptoms that may occur along with tingling in hand

  • Changes in sensation
  • Impaired coordination
  • Muscle weakness
  • Extreme sensitivity to touch.
  • Pain extending up your arm.
  • Sharp pain that may be worse at night.

Treatment For Tingling In Hands And Fingers

Tingling in hand can be accurately treated only if the underlying cause of the disease is properly identified.  If the affliction is acquired it can be cured with proper treatment.

Those suffering from diabetes need to control their blood sugar to arrest the progression of diabetic neuropathy. Likewise, people suffering from vitamin deficiencies need to take vitamin supplementation to correct peripheral neuropathy acquiring due to vitamin deficiencies.

Patients susceptible to this disease also need to follow a proper lifestyle. These include maintaining optimal weight, eating a balanced diet, restricting alcohol consumption and following a routine exercise program. Similarly it is advisable to quit smoking. This is because smoking constricts blood supply to hands thereby restricting the flow of nutrients to peripheral nerves.

Massaging with primrose oil is a very effective home remedy for curing tingling in hand. Apply the oil to your affected hand and massage gently. For quick results, do it 2 to 3 times a day.

To keep your cardiovascular and nervous system functioning properly, it is essential to take adequate quantity of magnesium rich foods. Magnesium promotes blood circulation and can check the onset of this disease.

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