Symptom: Finger paresthesia
Finger paresthesia: Finger tingling, prickling, numbness or burning sensations
Introduction: Abnormal nerve sensations such as pins-and-needles, tingling, burning, prickling or similar feelings are all known as "paresthesias". Some cases are severe enough to be considered painful. Paresthesias usually result from nerve damage due to pressure, entrapment, or nerve diseases. Continued nerve damage can lead to finger numbness and eventually permanent loss of feeling. Any abnormal sensation needs medical investigation.
Distinction as to which fingers are tingling is important to diagnosis. The main fingers are more likely to be affected by conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome. The 4th and 5th fingers are affected by the ulnar nerve, which can be interrupted by pressure at the elbow or the chest area (e.g. thoracid outlet syndrome).
Parethesias in the hands and fingers can also be caused by broader diseases such as peripheral neuropathy (more common in the feet but hands can be affected) and various others. Correct diagnosis of the causes of finger paresthesias is important and treatment can often reverse the damage.
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Symptoms related to Finger paresthesia: tingling fingers (10), numb fingers (8)
Finger paresthesia type of: Finger symptoms (40), Paresthesias (48), Hand paresthesia (20), Arm paresthesia (27)
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Possible causes of symptom: Finger paresthesia: The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Finger paresthesia as a symptom. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Some possible causes of tingling/numbness of the small finger (pinky) and/or the ring finger involve effects to the ulnar nerve:
- Tingling fingers - see causes of tingling fingers
- Finger numbness - see causes of numb fingers
- Hand neuropathy
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Panic attack - can get tingling or numbness in panic attacks, but usually with many other symptoms.
Conditions listing symptoms: Finger paresthesia: The following list of conditions have 'Finger paresthesia' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.
Conditions listing complications: Finger paresthesia: The following list of conditions have 'Finger paresthesia' or similar listed as a complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.
Last revised: Nov 6, 2003
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