Tingling in the hands or feet or both can accompany other symptoms such as pain, itching, numbness and muscle wasting. In such cases tingling may be a sign of nerve damage, which can result from causes as varied as traumatic injuries or repetitive stress injuries, bacterial or viral infections, toxic exposures, and systemic diseases such as diabetes.
HOW IS TINGLING DIAGNOSED?
A general physician will examine the affected area and look into your medical history. He will ask questions about recent infections or injuries to rule out underlying diseases. Additional tests such as blood tests, electrolyte level testing, thyroid function testing, toxicology screening, and nerve conduction studies may be required for further investigations. Imaging tests may also be needed.
HOW IS TINGLING TREATED?
Treatment depends on the diagnosis and the cause identified. Treatment will focus on resolving the underlying condition.
DID YOU KNOW?
General lifestyle recommendations include maintaining an optimal weight, avoiding exposure to toxins, following a medically-supervised exercise programme, eating a balanced diet and avoiding or limiting alcohol consumption. Recommendations also include stopping smoking, which constricts blood supply to blood vessels supplying nutrients to peripheral nerves.