Hi there, just carrying on from my previous blog; I’ve made a quick piece on the possibilities that can cause the feeling of constant tingling in the hands.  The five causes that I’m looking in to could have been brought in to effect due to structural or physiological damages made to the body at one time or other.

One cause of making your hands tingle is atherosclerosis, this is a condition where hardening of the arteries occurs when fat, cholesterol, and other substance deposits build up in the walls of the arteries. These deposits are called plaques and over a period of time, these plaques can block the arteries.  This has an effect on causing your hands to tingle as it restricts the blood supply to the area causing this sensation to occur.

Frost bite is a condition where there is damage to the skin and underlying tissues caused by extreme cold temperatures. This too has a restricting effect on the blood supply of the body area to cause a tingling, numbness or a burning sensation to occur.  Remember that this could be damage to the underlying tissue and/or on the surface our skin that has experienced frost bite, the frost bite could appear to have healed but the damage underneath could be causing continuing effects on our hands.  Another condition where a lack of blood supply can cause a physiological problem is vessel inflammation (vasculitis).

Abnormal levels of calcium, potassium, or sodium in your body is another trigger for your hands to experience a tingling sensation.  This is usually where your body is losing these vitamins and minerals either through passing urine or via a deficiency in your blood.  A nerve conduction test wouldn’t recognise this but a pathological blood test would.

Another cause would be certain medications that you might currently be using, once again if you’ve noticed any sensation such as tingling, numbness or burning then please consult your doctor immediately.

Over time excess amount of substances in to your body could lead to your nerve endings being damaged.  Substances such as lead, alcohol, tobacco and chemotherapy drugs can transpire this to happen.

Alcohol neuropathy is where an individual has damaged their autonomic nerves (those that regulate the internal body functions) and the nerves that control our movement and sensation.  This is caused through chronic alcohol abuse over a number of years.  It is likely to be caused by the nerve being poisoned by the alcohol or it has been the effect of poor nutrition which can occur due to alcoholism.

An excess of tobacco use can do the similar effect as alcohol neuropathy as the nerves in the body can be damaged due to consistent exposure of tobacco over a long period of time.  Usually the nerve pain and nerve damage is caused from peripheral neuropathy.  This is a disorder that occurs when nerves malfunction due to the damage they have received or that they have been destroyed from the excess toxicity from substances like alcohol and tobacco and other drugs that are used such as chemotherapy as an example.

Hi there,  during the time my mothers friend had been suffering with an episode of tingling hands I’ve investigated in to a lot of information as to the possible causes of the tingling feeling people experience in their hand.  To my surprise there was more than a couple of causes of why I was suffering.  I’ve gone through the list and grouped them per blog.

The first cause is staying in the same position like sitting or standing for a prolonged period of time can be what triggers your hands to tingle.  This can occur when the weight of your body is pressing the limb on to another object like another body part or a chair.  This prolonged pressure squashes the nerves so that the impulses going through your neural pathway are affected.  This causes your body to inform you with a response of numbness, tingling or burning sensation in an area of your limb.  Tendency is that this wears off after a short while when you move your body position to relieve the built up pressure but if the effects are still there a few hours later then it might be worth looking in to through your doctor or physician.

You may have incurred an injury to the neck or the back.  If the sensation is down the arm this could suggest that it is a neck problem.  Or if the sensation is running down your leg then this could be a problem with your back.  The reason why the pain isn’t noticed in a local area in your neck or back problem is that you are experiencing what is known as referred pain.  The nerves are reacting to a problem in a different area of the body from where the root cause is.  This is because the neural pathway that runs away from the source of the damaged area responds further down the pathway and signals the problem further along the neural pathway towards the nerve end.  Hence the pain or tingling sensation has been referred to another part of the body where the nerve pathway tends to end.

Herniated discs in the spine are a classic example where a dysfunction in the body mechanics can cause a body object to compress against the nerve.  As seen in the previous two causes, nerves don’t like to be touched let alone compressed for a period of time.  A nerve conduction study test could pin point this out straight away so that your doctor can refer you to the ideal specialist, even if it’s a case of Physiotherapy treatment at least it will save you from going to one practitioner and then to the next until you find the right one.


When there is pressure exerted on the peripheral nerves this could be a sign of either a infection, tumor, scar tissue or an enlarged blood vessel.  The fact that a underlying tumor could be the cause of your tingling hands was a worry and something that I wanted to investigate as soon as possible.

Another cause for your hands to tingle is an early onset of shingles where a virus attacks your nerves in the body which has remained dormant since you’ve had chicken pox (if you’ve experienced chicken pox before)  herpes zoster infection is the more clinical name for this type of condition.