What is Numbness?

A sensation on the skin characterized as tingling, loss of feeling, thickening and sometimes sharp pin prick symptoms.

Numbness (Paresthesia) is a term that denotes loss of sensation, pricking and tingling feeling. Sometimes, other symptoms like pain, warming or burning feeling on the skin may also be present. Symptoms may be felt on the skin surface but in reality, numbness affects the nerves that conduct sensation signals going to the brain. If there is numbness, there is an interruption of such signals which usually means Peripheral Neuropathy.

Common Body Parts With Numbness

The most common body parts that experience numbness are the face, hands, fingers, legs and feet. But there are cases when only specific areas of the body are affected. This should be a concern if the numbness becomes chronic.