HIV/AIDS Glossary

Paresthesia

Abnormal touch sensations, such as burning, prickling, or tingling, that occur spontaneously. Paresthesia usually occurs in the hands, arms, legs, or feet, but it can occur in other parts of the body, too. Chronic paresthesia may be due to underlying neurological disease, traumatic nerve damage, or peripheral neuropathy. Paresthesia may also be caused by use of certain antiretroviral (ARV) drugs.

Related Term(s): Peripheral Neuropathy

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