Causes and Ways to Overcome and How to Minimize Tingling

Tingling is a sensation like the numbness that can occur at any time, for example after sitting cross-legged for a long time. The causes of tingling can vary. Based on its duration, Tingling can occur temporarily and some are prolonged.

Causes and Ways to Overcome Tingling

Causes and Ways to Overcome and How to Minimize Tingling
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Tingling or in medical terms is called paresthesia is a sensation of numbness accompanied by a feeling like you are pricked by a needle. Tingling occurs when nerves get inadvertently pressured so that blood flow to the nerves is not smooth.

Health problems or specific illnesses can also trigger tingling. Below are the causes of temporary and chronic tingling.

Causes of Temporary Tingling

Besides occurring on the arms or legs, temporary tingling can also occur when there are limbs that are under pressure for a long time. This condition causes a blockage of blood supply to the nerve tissue in the area.

You can feel tingling in your legs after sitting cross-legged or wearing shoes that are too small. Tingling in the hands can also be felt, for example when sleeping with your head resting on your arms.

Because it is temporary, this condition can subside by itself if you free the tingling area from pressure, such as stretching legs after sitting cross-legged or releasing the crushed hands. That way the blood flow will return smoothly.

Tingling can also be triggered by other causes of tingling such as Raynaud's disease. This disease affects the blood supply to certain areas of the body, such as the fingers and toes. This disease especially attacks when sufferers are stressed, agitated, or in a cold room.

Causes of Prolonged Tingling

Your health condition can trigger prolonged tingling, especially those of you who have a history of diabetes, kidney disorders, liver disease, strokes, brain tumors, cancer, hormonal imbalances, multiple sclerosis, carpal tunnel syndrome, ulnar nerve compression.

In addition, the drugs you are taking can also trigger tingling, such as chemotherapy drugs used to treat breast cancer and lymphoma, anti-seizure drugs, antibiotics, and drugs for HIV / AIDS.

Tingling can also be triggered by exposure to toxic substances such as mercury, thallium, lead, arsenic, and several other industrial chemicals.

Other factors that cause prolonged tingling are malnutrition due to poor diet, lack of vitamin B12, and from consuming excessive alcoholic drinks.

How to know the exact cause of tingling?

You can visit your doctor if you often feel tingling. Thus, the doctor will trace the medical history, complaints that arise and conduct physical examinations and further investigations. Some supporting tests may be carried out, such as blood tests, electromyogram (EMG) tests, cerebrospinal fluid examination, nerve conduction tests, MRI, and biopsy.

After the diagnosis is established, the doctor can determine the treatment for the tingling you experience. For example, if tingling is caused by diabetes, the doctor will remind you to always control your blood sugar levels, provide medication to maintain blood sugar levels, and adopt a healthy diet.

How to minimize tingling

You can minimize tingling by adopting a healthier diet and lifestyle such as:

  • Exercise regularly.
  • Avoid exposure to poisons.
  • Avoid or limit alcohol consumption.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Healthy eating patterns.
  • Maintain ideal body weight.
  • Treat and control chronic diseases if presents, such as diabetes or kidney disease.

Most cases of tingling that occur are temporary. If your tingling worsens, accompanied by the appearance of a rash, dizziness in the head, spasms in muscles, frequent urination, pain in the neck, forearm, and fingers, the body feels weak or unable to move, or loss of consciousness, then you are advised to visit a doctor immediately.

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