What are the signs of burning problems?

Burning symptoms fall into two main categories: paresthesias and tissue-damage burning symptoms. The two categories are easily distinguished by their very different causes. Temporary paresthesia is a prickling or pins-and-needles sensation that may be perceived as a burning symptom. It is most familiar as the sensation you feel when your leg or arm has fallen asleep because of persistent pressure on a nerve after staying in one position for too long. Chronic paresthesia lasts longer and is caused by nerve damage from either trauma or a neurologic disorder.

In contrast, tissue-damage burning symptoms (or burns) are described as a feeling of heat that is nearly always accompanied by some degree of pain (except in severe burns that have caused nerve destruction), ranging from a mildly sharp pain (as in a mild sunburn) to a searing pain. These symptoms are caused by tissue damage from exposure to chemicals, radiation, heat, electricity or sunlight. Burn injuries often affect the skin, but they can also affect mucous membranes and internal tissues or organs.

Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of the following symptoms: blackened or singed mucous membranes; bluish lips, fingernails or mucous membranes; burn caused by a chemical, gas or electricity; cold, wet skin; confusion or loss of consciousness for even a brief moment; difficulty breathing; dilated pupils; a skin or tissue-damage burn the size of your palm or larger; or smoke inhalation. In the case of paresthesia burning symptoms, seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have difficulty with memory, thinking, talking or comprehension; difficulty walking; impaired balance and coordination; or muscle weakness, especially on one side.

If your burning symptoms are persistent or cause you concern, seek prompt medical care.

SYMPTOMS

What other symptoms might occur with burning symptoms?

Burning symptoms may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Symptoms that frequently affect the skin may also involve other body systems.

Symptoms that may occur along with tissue-damage burning symptoms

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CAUSES

What causes burning symptoms?

Paresthesia burning symptoms are a prickly sensation caused by nerve damage from either trauma or a neurologic disorder. Tissue-damage burning symptoms are caused by physical burns to the tissue from exposure to chemicals, radiation, heat, electricity or sunlight.

Tissue-damage causes of burning symptoms

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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Aug 23, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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