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What can be some benign and mild causes of my skin on my thumb feels a burning sensation when I press down on it. Stress related?

What can be some benign and mild causes of my skin on my thumb feels a burning sensation when I press down on it. Stress related?

Burning sensation: Unclear withuot more information and a physical exam;the reposted quality of sensation suggests possibly a nerve irritation. Unlikely is due to stress ...Read more

Dr. Ejiro Isiorho
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Burning Sensation (Definition)

A burning sensation can be descriptive of nerve pain, some variations of migraine, and even central brain problems after a stroke. Have heard this said associated with phantom limb syndrome, reflex sympatheric dystrophy, and trigeminal neuralgia. Other patients might say ...Read more


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I believe I fractured my thumb about 4 months ago. I splinted it for 4 weeks. Now, my thumb has a burning sensation and sometimes tingles.

I believe I fractured my thumb about 4 months ago. I splinted it for 4 weeks. Now, my thumb has a burning sensation and sometimes tingles.

Nerve pinched: By either the original injury or the splint. Did you have an x-ray? If so the treating physician can tell you which nerve may have been damaged initially. However, if the sensation just came on after splinting for awhile, it may be that the splint put pressure on the nerve. Now that it's off, you may regain normal sensation but it may take a few months. Some are using topical vitamin D cream. ...Read more

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I've had severe pain and swelling in my hands, especially in my left thumb. I get a burning sensation in my wrists while touching. It affects my work and makes me irritable. What should I do?

I've had severe pain and swelling in my hands, especially in my left thumb. I get a burning sensation in my wrists while touching. It affects my work and makes me irritable. What should I do?

Thumb Pain: Tough to say based on that description. One possibility would be osteoarthritis at the base of the thumb/wrist, though not typically described as burning. There are other possibilities and best to have a consult with a hand doctor for a good exam. Best of luck. ...Read more

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What causes burning sensation in thumb when I write?

What causes burning sensation in thumb when I write?

Median branch: Most likely a sensory branch of the median nerve is irritated and/or compressed. Sometimes this localized symptom can occur as a result of carpal syndrome in which the entire median nerve is compressed as it enters the palm beneath a thick ligament. Since writing is important, you probably should see a doctor to confirm this supposition. ...Read more

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Hours ago I got this burning sensation where my thumb and wrist meet up. Can anyone tell me what it could be and what can I do?

Hours ago I got this burning sensation where my thumb and wrist meet up. Can anyone tell me what it could be and what can I do?

Tendon injury: inflammation or trauma to the tendon sheath of the thumb would be the first thought Have you overworked or traumatised your thumb? It may get better spontaneouly if you rest the thumb! ...Read more

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I have a burning sensation on my thumb from the tip to the first crease is burning. What can I do to stop it was likely caused it?

I have a burning sensation on my thumb from the tip to the first crease is burning. What can I do to stop it was likely caused it?

Nerve irritation.: This is an irritation or injury of the nerve in your thumb. It could be due to an unrecognized injury or much less likely a rash that has not yet broken out (dyshidrotic eczema or an herpetic rash) time will tell. I suspect this will resolve without any treatment. ...Read more

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Small area on back of thumb hot spot no color change just a burning sensation?

Small area on back of thumb hot spot no color change just a burning sensation?

Gout?: Hot spots around joints can raise the possibility of gout. If joint red, tender & swollen gout vs. An infected joint are consideration. ...Read more

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What can I do for severe tightening of feet (especially around thumb) accompanied with burning skin sensation?

What can I do for severe tightening of feet (especially around thumb) accompanied with burning skin sensation?

Hands or feet?: If your hands and thumb are swollen or your feet and big toe are swollen it will feel tight. This can be due to fluid retention from, salting your food, eating salty food, high blood pressure, allergies and more. See your doctor to get started on preventing this from effecting your heart, blood pressure, kidneys or lungs. Elevate your hands or feet and make an appointment to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Am getting burning sensation in forearm and constant pins and needles in thumb over the last 3 days.

Am getting burning sensation in forearm and constant pins and needles in thumb over the last 3 days.

See Doctor: Many possibilities most likely cervical radiculopathy he pinched nerve or neck or couple tunnel syndrome but could also be signs of a stroke. Seek medical attention if any new symptoms to go. Need to see MD for specific diagnosis and treatment ...Read more

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I have pain in my wrist (more in morning), has a burning sensation, is a little more swollen too (on my thumb side.) I can't lean on it. What can it be?

I have pain in my wrist (more in morning), has a burning sensation, is a little more swollen too (on my thumb side.) I can't lean on it. What can it be?

Carpal tunnel: Possibly carpal tunnel, especially if you are prone to performing repetitive action with that wrist. Compression and irritation of the nerve results in the sort of symptoms you are describing. See a hand specialist. ...Read more

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What's causing this burning sensation in pad of thumb? No burn, cut, swelling, bleeding, or blister. Just a slightly darker spot under surface. Size of eraser. Pain very small & local, but intense.

What's causing this burning sensation in pad of thumb? No burn, cut, swelling, bleeding, or blister. Just a slightly darker spot under surface. Size of eraser. Pain very small & local, but intense.

Most likely: Most likely a tiny foreign body that cannot be seen easy with the human eye like a very tiny wire or glass sliver. Leave it alone and it will either mature or the body will "wall it off". ...Read more

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The fleshy part of my hand under the thumb area has a dull, burning sensation that's been sore for over a month everyday, all day. Any ideas? Thanks

The fleshy part of my hand under the thumb area has a dull, burning sensation that's been sore for over a month everyday, all day. Any ideas? Thanks

Burning in the hand: This sounds like a form of carpal tunnel syndrome. This pinching of the nerves going into the hand can especially affect the muscles that move the thumb. If not treated these muscles can deteriorate and you can get grip weakness.

It sounds like you need to be seen by a hand or nerve expert. ...Read more

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Numbness and tingling in both hands. For over a month. Burning sensation in fingers. Pain in right thumb, wrist, and elbow. What could this mean?

Numbness and tingling in both hands. For over a month. Burning sensation in fingers. Pain in right thumb, wrist, and elbow. What could this mean?

? carpal tunnel syndr: You probably have acquired a wrist synovitis, maybe through keyboarding, which is causing compression of median nerve at wrist. Recommend you let your doctor know about this, as simple to reverse. ...Read more

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Severe tightening of feet (especially around thumb) accompanied with burning skin sensation. Have I got a viral infection or bacteria?

Severe tightening of feet (especially around thumb) accompanied with burning skin sensation. Have I got a viral infection or bacteria?

See a doctor: Without the ability to have access to your medical history and perform an exam cannot diagnose, but this has the potential to be very severe and would strongly recommend that you see a doctor asap. ...Read more

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Right shoulder blade pain. When I sleep wrong I wake up with burning sensation in right arm and numb burn in thumb. I don't long hours of hard labor.

Right shoulder blade pain. When I sleep wrong I wake up with burning sensation in right arm and numb burn in thumb. I don't long hours of hard labor.

Shoulder pain: Your nerves that innervate your arm and hand are being irritated by your cervical verterbrae. Get help from an orthopedist or neurologist. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a burning sensation on my hand what can it be?

What to do if I have a burning sensation on my hand what can it be?

Carpal tunnel: Possibly carpal tunnel, especially if you are prone to performing repetitive action with that wrist. Compression and irritation of the nerve results in the sort of symptoms you are describing. See a hand specialist. ...Read more

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Burning sensation in upper right hand side of body?

Burning sensation in upper right hand side of body?

Get examined: Paresthesias, numbness, tinging or burning sensation could be a sign of neuropathy/nerve inflammation or pinched nerve, or due to trauma. ...Read more

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What causes a burning sensation up and down the left hand?

What causes a burning sensation up and down the left hand?

As I have said: In other posts, I am quick to blame these symptoms on carpal tunnel syndrome. The best way to know is to see your doctor and start with a work up. ...Read more