Some women may think they've lost their marbles, feeling as if insects are crawling on their skin causing prickling and tingling all over when there's nothing there. What's going on?
Continue reading as we answer your most frequently asked questions about tingling all over so that you can finally have peace of mind.
Is This Related to Tingling Extremities?
Tingling extremities are a somewhat uncommon symptom of menopause that can haunt women as they are transitioning out of their fertile years.
Though, it is possible for tingling to be felt all over - such as in the torso, head, neck, cheeks, etc. - instead of just in women's extremities, which is medically referred to as paresthesia. There can be various parts of the body tingling simultaneously at random or consistent times.
What Are the Hormonal Causes?
Menopause brings about a time of drastic hormonal fluctuations as ovarian hormone production comes to a halt, since these reproductive organs are the main producers of the key hormones estrogen and progesterone.
Accordingly, low estrogen levels affect the receptors in the skin, causing tingling and prickling or pins and needles sensations in the skin. Some women even describe the sensation as if there were insects crawling over or under the skin.
While commonly due to hormonal influences, the tingling can also be due to other factors.
What Else Could Be Causing Tingling All Over?
Tingling all over that is not due to hormones can commonly be caused by improper clothing choice that leaves you feeling itchy and uncomfortable; allergic reactions from medications or other triggers that spread throughout the body; and a vitamins B deficiency, among other factors.
Other less common causes include underlying neurological disease or traumatic nerve damage, such as from a stroke, multiple sclerosis (MS), transverse myelitis, and encephalitis; tumors pressing against the brain or spinal cord; or Carpal tunnel syndrome and other nerve entrapment syndromes. In these instances, the tingling is often times accompanied by pain and other unsettling symptoms.
What Can I Do for Relief?
There are several measures women who are suffering from paresthesia can do to relieve the tingling sensations.
In general, it would be wise to stop unhealthy habits that could be further deregulating bodily systems by quitting smoking and reducing alcohol consumption.
Also, to manage tingling all over the body, keep the skin thoroughly hydrated. To do so, this means avoid taking overly hot showers or baths. Opt for warm or lukewarm water instead.
Moreover, moisturize the areas causing you discomfort regularly with deep hydration body creams, which penetrate deeper skin layers. Always strive to drink plenty of water.
However, the most effective way to be rid of paresthesia once and for all is through proper treatment.
What Can I Do for Treatment?
Appropriate treatment for paresthesia depends upon the underlying cause. In otherwise healthy women passing through the menopausal transition, this is most commonly hormonal imbalance.
Natural treatments for tingling extremities - which work just as effectively for tingling all over - focus on fostering an environment for optimal endocrine system health in women through lifestyle adjustments and the use of alternative medicine.
While tingling all over can be a bit unsettling, more often than not, the condition is due to hormonal fluctuations during the menopause transition, thus affecting receptors in the skin. Other common causes for tingling include vitamin deficiencies, allergic reactions, and improper clothing choices, with neurological diseases, nerve damage, tumors, and Carpal tunnel syndrome not being as common.
Find relief with proper hydration of the skin alongside healthy habits, but ultimately treat the condition by tackling the underlying cause of hormonal imbalance with lifestyle changes and the use of alternative medicine.
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