Understanding Neuropathy

Neuropathy refers to general diseases or malfunctions of the nerves. Neuropathy is classified by the location of the nerves damaged or the disease that caused the neuropathy.

There are four classifications of Neuropathy:

1.) Peripheral Neuropathy:

2.) Cranial Neuropathy

3.) Autonomic Neuropathy

4.) Focal Neuropathy

According to Everyday Health, “many other systemic issues can cause neuropathy:

  • Kidney disorders, which allow high levels of nerve-damaging toxic substances to circulate in the blood
  • Toxins from exposure to heavy metals, including arsenic, lead, mercury, and thallium
  • Certain drugs, including anticancer medications, anticonvulsants, antivirals, and antibiotics
  • Chemical imbalances due to liver diseases
  • Hormonal diseases, including hyperthyroidism, that disturb metabolic processes, potentially causing tissues and body parts to swell and exert pressure on nerves
  • Deficiencies in vitamins, including E, B1 (thiamine), B6 (pyridoxine), B12, and niacin, which are vital for healthy nerves
  • Alcohol abuse, which causes vitamin deficiencies and may also directly damage nerves
  • Cancers and tumors that exert harmful pressure on nerve fibers
  • Chronic inflammation, which can damage protective tissues around nerves, making them more vulnerable to compression or susceptible to becoming inflamed
  • Blood diseases and blood vessel damage, which can harm nerve tissue by decreasing the available oxygen supply

In addition, if a nerve suffers from isolated physical trauma, it can become damaged, resulting in neuropathy. Nerves may suffer a direct blow that severs, crushes, compresses, or stretches them, even to the point of detaching them from the spinal cord.”

Home Remedies For Neuropathy:

Nerves in the feet are most commonly affected by neuropathy so special care is recommended to reduce the chances for sores or infections:

  1. Washing the feet regularly with warm water can help increase circulation to the feet
  2. It is not recommended for people with neuropathy to walk barefoot or wear tight footwear because of poor circulation and lack of sensation that can lead to injury
  3. Check the feet daily looking for cuts, blisters or other issues before they progress
  4. Maintain the health of your toenails
  5. Call your doctor right away if you notice any new issues with your feet
  6. Massage your feet daily can greatly increase circulation
  7. Cessation of smoking can help increase blood circulation

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