The Main Causes of Tingling in the Hands and Feet

Have you ever wondered why your hands or feet tingle? that annoying tickle like feeling on the feet or hands that are benign and temporary. It is a pressure on nerves when your hands are compressed under your head as you lay and fall asleep or pressure on nerves when you cross your legs too long.

Tingling in the hands, feet, or both can be a chronic symptom that comes with pain, numbness, muscle pull, and itching. It could be as a result of nerve damage from viral infections, toxic exposures, and diabetes.

Tingling in the hands and feet is sometimes related to other symptoms like pain, burning, or numbness in the hands and feet. This sensation often reflects damage to the nerves of the neuropathy area of the body.

There are facts you should know about tingling in hands and feet. Facts you must have been inquisitive about.

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 hands and feet due to nerve damage. 

Although different cases vary for different people, the following are still the most obvious cause of tingling in hands and feet.

Vessel inflammation

When there is an increase in pressure exertion on the peripheral nerves from enlarged blood vessel the hand and feet tingle especially at night. This allows cutting off the pumping of blood to the extreme thereby creating poor circulation.

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Carpal Tunnel

This is particularly for women in menopause which include the tingling, swelling, pain, or loss of feeling in the wrist and hand. Women within the age of 45 and 54 have a higher probability of developing the syndrome. After menopause, the structure of the wrist is enlarged and often adds stress to the nerve endings.

Lack of vitamins

Low vitamin B12 levels in the body usually indicate tingling andnumbness in hands and feet. As we age the body system eliminates some of its natural ability to absorb these vitamins from the food source, and many women will, in fact, develop minor to acute forms of anaemia because of it.

Hormonal imbalance

Fluctuation in the hormone level transition plays a role in the tingling occurrence in women in their menopause than women of other age. The influence of estrogens also supports this notion.


If pain and discomfort persist, stand up and try moving around. Stretch lightly and gently massage the affected areas, returning to bed solely when having relieved the symptoms and regained a need for sleep.

 Other causes include;

  • Sitting or standing in the same position for long periods of your time.
  • Pressure on spinal nerves caused by a ruptured intervertebral disc.
  • Animal bites.
  • Nerve injury.
  • Consuming alcoholic drinks and/or tobacco, because the lead usually damages nerves.
  • Having abnormal levels of a metallic element, potassium, or sodium in the body.
  • Bites from insects, ticks, mites, and spiders.
  • Lack of vitamins, primarily B-complex vitamin.
  • Using sure medications.

Tips for Relieving Tingling.

The smartest thing to try and do once numbness and tingling in the hands and feet strikes is to suspend all activities related to the attack. If you wake in the middle of the night, don’t let the matter fester. Instead, immediately correct your posture so as to not lay a lot of heavily on one aspect than the other.

If pain and discomfort persist, stand up and try moving around. Stretch lightly and gently massage the affected areas, returning to bed solely when having relieved the symptoms and regained a need for sleep

Diagnosis of Tingling Hands and Feet.

To care for tingling in your hand and feet, the health care provider will do a physical examination and then take a thorough medical history addressing your social activities, workplace, HIV status, brain damage history in the family, toxic exposure and other symptoms like xiphoid process development.

If you want proper care for the tingling condition on your hands or feet, your healthcare provider should do a physical exam and take a thorough medical history addressing your, work environment, social habits (including alcohol use), toxic exposure, the risk of HIV or other infectious diseases, family history of neurological disease and other symptoms.

Here is some other test the healthcare provider performs:

  • An examination of cerebrospinal fluid. 
  • Nerve conduction velocity (NCV)
  • Skin biopsy to look at nerve fibre endings
  •  An electromyogram (EMG), a test of the electrical activity of muscle
  • Blood tests, including diabetes detection, vitamin deficiencies, liver or kidney dysfunction, other metabolic disorders, and signs of abnormal immune system activity.
  • Computed tomography (CT)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Nerve biopsy.


Treatments for Tingling Hands and Feet.

As long as the peripheral nerve cells have not been killed, they have the ability to regenerate it so it is of the utmost importance to accurately diagnose the ailment before treatment. Accurate diagnosis determines how successful treatment will be. 

There is no treatment available for the hereditary type of peripheral neuropathy, although many types can be treated. For instance, good blood sugar control in diabetes can frustrate the progression of diabetic neuropathy.

Vitamin supplementation in the body can also be treated for tingling in hands and feet of people with vitamin deficiencies.

Maintaining a proper weight, eating a balanced diet, limiting alcohol intake, using protection while having sex, staying away from toxins, exercise program supervised by the doctor, stopping smoking and everything that constricts the supply of blood vessels supplying nutrients to peripheral nerves.

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As common as tingling hands and feet are people do not know for sure the simple facts about its origin and how it can be treated.

Now that you know some of the common causes of tingling in the hands and feet, its diagnosis and how it can be treated. It’s time to confirm if the issue with your tingling is something that’s merely temporary, or if your body is telling you there is something wrong with your health. This will help you take quick action on the treatments. 

Written by Valentin Bosioc

Valentin Bosioc - wellness specialist, certified personal trainer, certified fitness instructor, celebrity trainer, Musclemania Champion, Ninja Warrior Semifinalist, world wide motivator!

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