Paresthesia : Medical Symptom Description

Paresthesia (condition): For a medical symptom description of 'Paresthesia', the following disease information may be relevant to the symptoms: Paresthesia (disease information). However, numerous other possible causes of the symptom may be possible.
Paresthesia (condition): Pins-and-needles or burning-like sensations.

Paresthesia: Paresthesia is a term that refers to an abnormal burning or prickling sensation which is generally felt in the hands, arms, legs, or feet, but may occur in any part of the body. The sensation, which arises spontaneously without apparent stimulus and is usually not painful, may also be described as tingling or numbness, skin crawling, buzzing, or itching. Most people have experienced transient (temporary) paresthesia at some time in their lives; it occurs whenever inadvertent pressure is placed on a nerve and causes what many describe as a "pins and needles" feeling. The feeling quickly goes away once the pressure is relieved. For some people, however, paresthesia can become a chronic condition caused by an underlying disorder . 1

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Paresthesia: Paresthesia is listed as an alternate name or description for symptom Tingling. For a medical symptom description of 'Paresthesia', the following symptom information may be relevant to the symptoms: Tingling (symptom). However, note that other causes of the symptom 'Paresthesia' may be possible.
Tingling (symptom): Tingling, prickling, or pins-and-needles sensations
Tingling (symptom): Abnormal nerve sensations such as pins-and-needles, tingling, burning, prickling or similar feelings are all known as "paresthesias". They usually result from nerve damage due to pressure (such as a pinched nerve), nerve entrapment, or diseases. Continued nerve damage can lead to numbness.

Paresthesias can affect various parts of the body. Hands, fingers, and feet are common sites but all are possibilities. Afflictions of specific nerves or spinal nerves can also cause paresthesias in particular skin areas of the body.

Parethesias with simple causes such as pressing on a nerve are usually reversible. Certain other nerve conditions such as peripheral neuropathy (often from diabetes), lupus complications, Guillain-Barre syndrome, or multiple sclerosis are also possible causes of parethesias. Because of the variety of possible causes, any abnormal sensation needs prompt professional medical investigation.

More information on symptom: Tingling:

1. excerpt from NINDS Paresthesia Information Page: NINDS

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