Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.


Tingling of the Hands (bilateral) Overview

What is tingling of the hands (bilateral)?
A person with tingling of the hands (bilateral) has an abnormal feeling or sensation on the surface of the skin in both hands. A variety of neurological diseases, spinal cord disease, herniated disk, and peripheral neuropathy, may cause hand tingling. Additional causes of hand tingling include a neck injury, diabetic neuropathy, and alcoholic neuropathy.

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

How does the doctor treat tingling of the hands (bilateral)?
The treatment for hand tingling depends on the underlying cause. Treatment for hand tingling may include 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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