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What Vitamin Deficiencies Cause Tingling in The Hands and Feet?

Reviewed on 9/8/2020

What Is Paresthesia?

Paresthesia describes abnormal burning or prickling sensations that are usually felt in the arms, hands, legs, or feet, but may also occur in other parts of the body. The sensation is usually painless and may be described as tingling, numbness, skin crawling, or itching. 

A temporary paresthesia is common and often described as “pins and needles,” such as when a person falls asleep on their arm or sits too long with legs crossed. Chronic paresthesia can be a symptom of an underlying neurological disease or traumatic nerve damage.

What Are Symptoms of Paresthesia?

Symptoms of paresthesia are usually felt in the arms, hands, legs, or feet. 

Paresthesia is usually painless, may be temporary such as “pins and needles,” or chronic, and sensations may be described as:

  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Skin crawling
  • Itching

What Causes Paresthesia?

Temporary paresthesia is common and may be referred to as "pins and needles." This is caused by pressure placed on a nerve, such as when a person falls asleep on their arm or sits too long with legs crossed. When the pressure is relieved, the sensation goes away. 

Certain vitamin and mineral deficiencies may also cause paresthesia.

  • Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) deficiency
  • Vitamin B12 (pantothenic acid) deficiency, which can lead to anemia, a cause of paresthesia
  • Vitamin E deficiency
  • Calcium deficiency (hypocalcemia)
  • Magnesium deficiency (hypomagnesemia)

Chronic paresthesia can be a symptom of an underlying neurological disease or traumatic nerve damage such as:

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