Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview

Arm and Leg Burning Sensation Overview

Another name for Arm and Leg Burning Sensation is Burning Sensation of the Extremities.

What can cause a burning sensation of the extremities?
A person with a burning sensation of the extremities usually has irritation or inflammation of the skin, muscles, bones or joints in the arm. Simple extremity injuries such as muscle strains and ligament sprains may cause a burning sensation in the extremities. An infection of the skin called cellulitis can also cause a burning sensation of the extremities. Other important causes include peripheral vascular disease, peripheral neuropathy, diabetic nerve disease, multiple sclerosis, Raynaud's syndrome, drug side effect, disk disease in the neck, and herniated disk in the back.

What other symptoms can occur with a burning sensation of the extremities?
Symptoms associated with burning sensation of the extremities include skin redness, skin swelling, and skin tenderness. Other symptoms include pain that may shoot or travel down an arm or leg, and numbness or tingling in the extremities.

How does the doctor treat a burning sensation of the extremities?
Treatment for a burning sensation of the extremities depends on underlying cause. Treatment may include antibiotics, blood thinner medications, or improved control of a chronic condition such as diabetes.

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