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Skin Numbness

Paresthesia is another name for skin numbness.  When your skin is numb it means that there is a sensory loss in that region of the skin; it could be the feet, hands, fingers, toes, or anywhere else on the body.  While temporary numbness could be due to extreme cold or due to maintaining a particular stance for an extended period; numbness that worsens and/or spreads to other regions of the body with time should be thoroughly investigated by a health care professional.

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Causes: Numbness is actually caused by the restricted blood flow to a particular region of the body or due to injury (or compression and stress) of nerves.  When numbness is a symptom of a more serious health concern then it could turn fatal if not identified and treated promptly.  The reasons that lead to the two conditions are several and varied.

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  • Continued stress on nerves (as in cycling for long duration)
  • A blood clot on the leg (deep vein thrombosis) can detach itself from the blood supply circulation, and may further lead to a heart attack
  • Narrowed arteries due to high cholesterol levels
  • Clotting and swelling of arteries and veins
  • When the arteries and veins get entangled
  • Extremely cold weather conditions
  • Frostbite
  • Bone weakness due to osteoporosis
  • Injury in the neck region
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Fracture or crack of bones
  • Tight clothing or tight cast set for fractures
  • When blood vessels narrow down due to extreme cold
  • Degenerative disc disease

Other factors that lead to skin numbness can be enlisted as

  • Brain tumor
  • Alcoholism
  • Vitamin B12 deficiency

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Numbness may be caused by such conditions 

  • Alcoholism
  • Brain tumor
  • Stroke
  • Systemic lupus
  • Injury, pain, or inflammation of spinal cord
  • Brain inflammation due to encephalitis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Lead poisoning
  • Diabetes

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  • A tendency for frequent urination
  • Stress and anxiety
  • A sensation of tingling and burning
  • Feeling more numb in a specific region during exercise or walking
  • Itching
  • Pain in the neck and lower back
  • A breakout of rashes
  • Stress and pain in muscles
  • When you eat
  • Itchy rash

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Symptoms that are a major cause of concern are

  • Breathing difficulty
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty in walking
  • The confused state of mind
  • Health concerns regarding eyes (loss of vision)
  • Paralytic stroke
  • Unexplained exhaustion

Once the malady had been correctly identified, it becomes easy to design the right form of effective treatment, that could eradicate the problem of numbness.

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