Tingling finger : Medical Symptom Description


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Tingling finger: Tingling finger is listed as an alternate name or description for symptom Tingling fingers. For a medical symptom description of 'Tingling finger', the following symptom information may be relevant to the symptoms: Tingling fingers (symptom). However, note that other causes of the symptom 'Tingling finger' may be possible.
Tingling fingers (symptom): Finger tingling, prickling or pins-and-needles sensations
Tingling fingers (symptom): Abnormal nerve sensations such as pins-and-needles, tingling, burning, prickling or similar feelings are all known as "paresthesias". Some cases are severe enough to be considered painful. Paresthesias usually result from nerve damage due to pressure, entrapment, or nerve diseases. Continued nerve damage can lead to finger numbness and permanent loss of feeling. Any abnormal sensation needs medical investigation.

Distinction as to which fingers are tingling is important to diagnosis. The main fingers are more likely to be affected by conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome. The 4th and 5th fingers are affected by the ulnar nerve, which can be interrupted by pressure at the elbow or the chest area (e.g. thoracid outlet syndrome).

Parethesias in the hands and fingers can also be caused by broader diseases such as peripheral neuropathy (more common in the feet but hands can be affected) and various others. Correct diagnosis of the causes of finger paresthesias is important and treatment can often reverse the damage.

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