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What is tingling fingers?

Tingling fingers is an abnormal condition in which you feel a prickling sensation in your fingers. Tingling is also a type of paresthesia. A paresthesia is a burning or prickling sensation often described as pins-and-needles. Paresthesias may or may not be accompanied by pain.

Tingling fingers usually arises from a lack of blood supply to an area or damage to a nerve or nerves that supply the hand and fingers, such as carpal tunnel syndrome or a cervical disk problem. Tingling fingers can also result from infection, inflammation, trauma, and other abnormal processes. Tingling fingers is rarely due to a life-threatening disorder, but it can arise from a stroke or tumor. You may feel temporary tingling in the fingers after holding your arm in the same position for a long period of time. This type of tingling normally fades away once you move your arm. Chronically tingling fingers can be due to diabetes, multiple sclerosis, or peripheral neuropathy. Chronic finger tingling generally indicates some level of damage to the nerves.

Tingling and numbness of the pinky and ring finger can be a sign of ulnar nerve compression in the arm. Tingling and numbness of the thumb, index, middle, and half of the ring finger can be caused by carpal tunnel syndrome.

Because tingling fingers and tingling in general may be a symptom of a disease, condition or disorder, you should talk with your medical professional about any unusual sensations that last more than a few minutes.

If you experience tingling fingers with paralysis, confusion, weakness, or slurred speech, seek immediate medical attention in an emergency facility. If your symptoms are persistent or cause you concern, contact a medical professional as soon as possible.

Medical Reviewers: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Review Date: Aug 11, 2013

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