What is paresthesia of skin?

Have you ever experienced a tingling or numb feeling on your skin that seemed never-ending? Well, my friends, you have just experienced paresthesia! A fancy word for an uncomfortable and annoying sensation on the surface of our largest organ: the skin. Let us delve deep into this enigmatic condition in this article!

What is Paresthesia?

Pffftttt…I mean who doesn’t know what paresthesia is! It’s those pins and needles we get when a limb falls asleep (which by the way can be totally terrifying). But wait, don’t pack up yet let me sprinkle some more knowledge to enrich your minds.

The medical definition of paresthesia entails an irritating prickling/burning sensation that usually occurs without apparent cause, either spontaneously or due to pressure from a solid object but can be caused by underlying health conditions as well.

ohh yeaaahhh…..some causes are:
Nerve damage
Pressure on nerves
Hyperventilation syndrome
Vitamin deficiency / excess

Nowadays people aren’t even shocked when they come across “syndrome” at the end of everything because every single symptom has its own corresponding medical state now; welcome to Y2K21!

But wait! I haven’t mentioOOoooh SHINY!!– Not today ADD, focus please….Where were we…Right.. Let’s move forward.

Symptoms:

1.Tingling Sensation-

A common manifestation of paresthesias

2.Numbness-

When someone lacks feeling in particular body parts it’s called numbness which ultimately creates difficulty if ignored for long periods

3.Weak Muscles –

Weak muscles may accompany lack of coordination

Is there any silver lining here? The only good thing about it is temporary relief once the pressure is removed; other than that it’s a piece of garbage.

Diagnosis

If you have been prodding yourself with several household objects just to check whether your skin still has feelings, stop before blunt force trauma sets in! Consult a medical practitioner instead for an accurate diagnosis. Below mentioned are some common methods used by doctors:

1.Nerve Conduction Studies-

They place electrodes at different points on the nerves and muscle then measure the distance from one end to another while observing response times which can indicate damage

2.Electromyography –

To investigate nerve signals this method helps ascertain if the culprit is actually localized or a more serious widespread issue. Also known as EMG.

But ultimately, always trust your medical practitioner over Dr.Google who somehow always screams “YOU’VE GOT CANCER”.

Causes:

These range in intensity depending on various factors ranging from mild dietary intake to peculiar clinical conditions:

1.Peripheral Neuropathy

This typically occurs as a result of damaged peripheral nerves secondary to various causes such as traumatic injuries,diseases& infections etc…

2.Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Multiple sclerosis (MS)is potentially debilitating condition affecting the central nervous system which develops when sheath covering nerve fibers allow disruptions causing intermittent symptoms varying across patient presentations diagnostically speaking they look out for visual disturbances as well persistent numbness/weakness down one sideof someone’s body .

###Hyperventilation Syndrome(HVS)

Oh no Emphysema patients shouldn’t be taking up smoking again & anxiety will probably not help anything!
Nature’s way reading our minds “that escalated quickly”

Extensive supply of oxygen stimulates body hence experienced tingling sensations frequently associated.

Vitamin Deficiencies

Not getting enough vitamins like Vitamin B6 commonly results in numbness /tingling so increase vitamin intake!

IMPORTANT: In severe cases consult health care specialist before making changes!

Treatment

The treatment of paresthesia varies in accordance with its cause,&some ways are as follows:

1.Medications

medications like anti-seizure drugs,gabapentin can be effective .

2.Therapy

Certain corrective physical therapy movement exercises pressure point massage have been successful for some cases.

Prevention:

As the saying goes an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,same applies here by taking precautions such performing regular exercise, stretching and making necessary dietary changes .If you’re not sure what your metabolic pathway requires at any given time consult a licensed nutritionist.

Stay healthy peeps!

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