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Diabetes Skin Crawling

Posted on January 30, 2015 | No Comments on Diabetes Skin Crawling

Skin Crawling is a sensation or feeling as if bugs are crawling under one’s skin. This sensation is medically termed as paresthesia, which is often accompanied by a prickling or burning feeling. This sensation frequently happens up in the arms, legs, hands and feet, but it can generally occur anywhere in the body. The skin sensation is similar to the feeling of having pins and needles pinching one’s muscles after a sustained pressure on a nerve such as when one’s body is fixed in a single position.

Paresthesia or the skin crawling bug sensation, is primarily caused by a nerve entrapment syndrome often in the peripheral nerves, which is common among patients who have suffered a stroke, encephalitis, transverse myelitis and/or multiple sclerosis as well as those with Celiac digestive disease. However, paresthesia is also a result of diabetic peripheral neuropathy or nerve damage in the feet, toes and hands because of diabetes.

Symptoms of skin crawling included prickling, tingling and burning sensations, cramps, sharp pains, insensitivity to temperature or pain or complete numbness, which tend to intensify at night. Neuropathy occurs among diabetic patients because sustained high blood sugar levels damage the nerves particularly the covering on the blood vessels that transport oxygen to the nerves. The damaging of the nerves obstructs the ability of the brain to send messages throughout the body especially at the peripheral which included sending oxygenated blood as well as nutrients, which causes the skin crawling sensation.

In lieu of the above, it is important for diabetics to maintain blood glucose levels at normal levels to avoid damaging the nerves.

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