There are minor menopause symptoms that women can experience like tingling in the skin and numbness. It is due to skin changes that are linked to estrogen levels. As the estrogen production drops, the collagen in the skin loses its effectiveness. The result is that the skin will lose its girth, dry and becoming thinner. The thinning skin also looks pale due to reduced blow flow to the surface and becoming more sensitive. This sensitive skin can bring about what women experienced as tingling or feeling something that is crawling under the skin.
The tingling or even numbness feeling is medically referred to as paresthesia. Restless legs syndrome (RLS), paroxysmal kinesigenic dyskinesia (PKD) and paroxysmal non-kinesigenic dyskinesia (PNKD) can all be characterized by paresthesia. It can happen to anyone but menopause can intensify this condition. If you cannot imagine how paresthesia felt is, try sitting with your legs cross long enough and you will then experience a temporary paresthesia, the feeling of “pins and needles” pinching your skin. It is due to the sustained pressure subjected on the nerve and it will go away after a while once the pressure is relieved.
There is no specific treatment for tingling or paresthesia as it depends on the diagnosis of the root cause. Often than not, if you are experiencing menopause, it will likely to be the cause and treatment should be targeted to bring balance to your hormone levels. It is also recommended that you use moisturizer and sunscreen to protect the skin and minimize dryness. If you smoke, you could also increase the blood flow to the skin surface by not smoking.
Regular exercises can also promote the blood flow to the nerves that will minimize any tingling and numbness. You should also allocate some time by doing simple stretching exercises or just get up and walk around to flex your hands and legs. Sitting idle for long periods can make the tingling even worse.
Although it is often regarded as minor symptoms of menopause, frequent or persistent episodes of numbness or tingling should be referred to a doctor. It may be an early warning of a more serious nerve damage or disease such as stroke, multiple sclerosis pr carpal tunnel syndrome.
Supplements and a good balanced diet may also minimize tingling effects. Food with high in essential fatty acids like fish and nuts may be beneficial in keeping the nerves in healthy condition. Vitamin B complex, folic acid, thiamin and alpha-lipoic acid may also helps. Flaxseed oil and evening primrose oil are two of natural ingredients that may have positive effects to your nerves. Cayenne or capsaicin cream may also be topically applied to relief the pain if necessary.
If you suspect that your tingling problem is associated with menopause, try to correct your hormonal imbalance using HRT treatment or herbs that are beneficial in alleviating menopause symptoms like black cohosh, ginseng and dong quai. Remember that you should always consult with your doctor before taking any supplements, treatment or herbal remedies.