Tingling in Hands and Feet: Symptoms & Signs

Tingling in the hands and feet is often associated with other symptoms like pain, burning, or numbness in the hands and feet. These type of sensations commonly reflect damage to the nerves in the area (neuropathy); because these are peripheral areas of the body, the term peripheral neuropathy is used to refer to this type of symptom. Peripheral neuropathy has a number of causes and varies in severity among affected people. Vitamin deficiency, diabetes, and kidney failure are among the medical causes of tingling in the hands and feet due to nerve damage. Taking certain medications can also cause tingling in the hands and feet. Other potential causes of peripheral neuropathy include autoimmune diseases, toxins, alcoholism, and infections.

REFERENCES:

Kasper, D.L., et al., eds. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 19th Ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Education, 2015.

United States. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. "Peripheral Neuropathy Fact Sheet." Dec. 18, 2014. <http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/
peripheralneuropathy/detail_peripheralneuropathy.htm>.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/6/2017

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