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Alcoholic Nerve Damage Overview

Another name for Alcoholic Nerve Damage is Alcoholic Polyneuropathy.

What is alcoholic polyneuropathy?
A person with alcoholic polyneuropathy has damage to the nerves, due to the direct toxic effects of alcohol on the nervous system. The damage causes the nerves to malfunction, leading to symptoms. The most common symptoms of alcoholic polyneuropathy are numbness and burning on the skin surface.

What are the symptoms of alcoholic polyneuropathy?
Initial symptoms of alcoholic polyneuropathy include numbness and tingling, and a burning sensation in the hands and feet. Additional symptoms of alcoholic polyneuropathy include muscle weakness, muscle aches, difficulty urinating, faintness, nausea, and constipation.

How does the doctor treat alcoholic polyneuropathy?
Treatment for alcoholic polyneuropathy includes vitamin B supplements that contain folic acid, physical therapy, and anticonvulsant medications for pain.

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Last Updated: Nov 9, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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