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What is Paresthesia?


Paresthesia is a condition in which it feels like the skin is crawling, or have numbness or itching or no apparent reason.

Almost everyone has experienced paresthesia on occasion. [1]

- Treatable by a medical professional
- Laboratory tests are required
- Requires a medical diagnosis
- Imaging tests, such as X-rays, CT scans, and MRI scans, are required
- A full physical exam may be required
- Usually resolves after some time

People experience temporary paresthesia, a feeling of ""pins and needles"", at some time in their lives when they have sat with legs crossed for too long or have fallen asleep with an arm crooked under their heads. Temporary paresthesia is often due to pressure on a nerve or brief periods of poor circulation. Chronic paresthesia may be a sign of nerve damage. Two types of nerve damage are radiculopathy and neuropathy.


- Tingling
- Cold
- Burning
- Weakness
- Numbness


Self-Care: For people with limbs that have fallen asleep, restoration of their circulation through exercising, stretching, or massaging the affected limb can rapidly dissipate the tingling and sensations of numbness.

Medication: If the paresthesia is due to a chronic disease, such as diabetes, or occurs as a complication of treatments like chemotherapy, the majority of treatments are aimed at relief of the person's symptoms. Anti-inflammatory medications are prescribed if the person's symptoms are mild.

Specialist: A specialist may recommend acupuncture and massage to provide a level of relief from the symptoms of paresthesia. Contact mfine to get the holistic treatment.

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