How Can I Stop My Hands From Burning?

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The feeling of a burning sensation in the hands can be due to many factors. Nerve damage is one possible cause, or contact with corrosive chemicals.

Read on to find out more possible causes of the condition, and how to treat it.

Why does the skin on my hands burn?
Damage to the nerves or nerve-endings on your hands could be one cause of the burning sensation you described.

The condition comes under the blanket term 'Peripheral neuropathy' and is usually associated with damage to the nervous system.

Diabetes is the most common cause of its onset, and treating that usually requires addressing the underlying causes of diabetes.

To read more on this condition, click here.

My hands are burning - help!

A burning sensation on the skin might also be caused by contact with certain hazardous chemicals - such as some household cleaning items. For example, products that contain ammonia are often labelled as corrosive.

Here is a list of household items to keep an eye out for:

  • Pool chlorine
  • Drain cleaner/un-blocker
  • Bleach
  • Concrete mix
If any of these come into contact with your skin, you should rinse with lukewarm water and contact an emergency medical service immediately.

Other reasons you might be suffering from this symptom include:

  • Vitamin B deficiency
  • Lung cancer
  • Kidney failure
If any of the above is a possibility, I'd advise you to visit your doctor as soon as you can.

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