Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.


Tingling of the Hand (unilateral) Overview

What is tingling of the hand (unilateral)?
A person with tingling of the hand (unilateral) has an abnormal feeling or sensation on the surface of the skin in one hand. A variety of neurological diseases, such as stroke, spinal cord disease, herniated disk, carpal tunnel syndrome, and peripheral neuropathy, may cause hand tingling. Additional causes of hand tingling include a neck injury, cervical spondylosis, thoracic outlet syndrome, diabetic neuropathy, and alcoholic neuropathy.

What are the symptoms of tingling of the hand (unilateral)?
Symptoms that may occur with tingling of the hand include skin rash, dry skin, cool or mottled skin, increased sensitivity to touch, hand pain, hand swelling (unilateral), hand numbness (unilateral), and hand weakness (unilateral).

How does the doctor treat tingling of the hand (unilateral)?
The treatment for hand tingling depends on the underlying cause. Treatment for hand tingling may include a neck brace, an hand splint, a sling, physical therapy, occupational therapy, or vitamin supplements. Medications that may be used to treat painful symptoms of hand tingling include narcotic pain medications, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, tricyclic antidepressants, and anticonvulsant medications.

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