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What Causes Skin Burning Sensation?

Sandeep Dhanyamraju MD
Medically reviewed by Sandeep Dhanyamraju
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Sandeep Dhanyamraju MD
Medically reviewed by Sandeep Dhanyamraju

Have you ever felt a sensation on your body, like intense heat on the skin? It is somewhat similar to a tingling or prickling sensation. Most people will answer this question in the affirmative. After all, neck, muscle, and face burning sensation is a fairly common problem in people. And it can occur on all body parts from head to toe. And what causes skin-burning sensation?

  • Allergy;
  • Trauma;
  • Skin diseases;
  • Anxiety.

Usually, the burning sensation is temporary. You can improve it with limb movement or local massages that enhance blood circulation. But if such discomfort happens to you often, it states many problems. It includes poor circulation, stroke, herniated discs, and diabetes. Thus, if it does not go away in a few minutes, you should consult a therapist or go to the hospital. It is to determine the correct cause. After it, doctors can create the most suitable treatment.

Understanding Skin Burning Sensation

No one likes to feel discomfort in their body. But sometimes specific concerns of your body can cause it. One such example is a burning sensation in bones, neck, arms, face, and so on. It is an uncomfortable and unpleasant feeling. Sometimes it can occur as a temporary symptom from minor causes. For example, it could be because you kept your hand in one position for a long time. But if you feel burning regularly, it may indicate problems with your health.

Burning feeling is associated with compression of nerve nodes or spinal dysfunction. For example, cervical osteochondrosis can lead to loss of sensitivity in the hands. And it is also a consequence of burning in the neck and face.

Usually, faced with such a sensation, people ignore it. Most don’t care about it until they are faced with severe consequences. But ignoring such feelings can only exacerbate the problem. So, it is important to consult medical specialists. If necessary, they prescribe skin-burning sensation treatment.

Remember, you should take care of your health instead of ignoring this feeling. It is necessary to lead a healthy lifestyle, eat properly, and take essential vitamins. Regular exercise can also help reduce discomfort.

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What Causes Skin Burning Sensation?

Any discomfort in the body is the result of some cause. And if you feel sharp pain, you should know what causes it.

Your nervous system can detect potential harm to your body. So, nerves, responsible for relaying messages to the brain, play a vital role in detecting temperature changes and pain. But when these nerves become damaged or irritated, they may misfire. For this reason, they send signals of burning, tingling, or prickling to your brain.

Curious about what else could spark that burning feeling? Some medications, allergies, and skin irritants can set off a chain reaction. It causes your skin to feel like it’s on fire. Stress and anxiety can further intensify this sensation, leaving you uncomfortable. And these are not all the reasons for this. So, let’s dive into this deeper. Here are the most frequent burning sensations’ locations. Also, below are instances of what causes skin burning sensation. Keep reading:

1. Skin

Every day, your skin comes into contact with many environmental factors. And some of them can cause a burning feeling. For instance:

  • Sun

Being in the sun for a long time provokes burns on the skin. It, in turn, manifests itself in sharp pain.

  • Allergic reactions

Some people may be allergic to substances. They are in cosmetics, medicines, or some food products. It may cause burning of the skin.

  • Cold

The cold weather causes very dry skin. It manifests itself in cracks on the skin that burn a lot.

2. Fingertips

Every day, you perform many actions involving your fingertips. But they are very sensitive. Thus, tingling in them is a common problem. It can be due to:

  • Allergy

If you often use chemical and latex products, burning is a consequence.

Some neurological complications of this disease can affect the nerves and cause burning.

How to relieve the burning sensation in the fingertips? Always moisturize your hands, wash them well, and avoid contact with aggressive substances.

3. Muscles

To avoid discomfort in the muscles, you should do sports. But if you don’t do this, the result can be a burning sensation. Also, it can be due to:

  • Muscle tightness

Burning may occur after prolonged incorrect posture or long stress.

  • Insufficiency of blood circulation

Blood stagnation in the body has a terrible effect on muscle function. It can cause pain.

  • Neurological problems

Disorders of the nervous system can cause burning and numbness in the muscles.

4. Feet

It is precisely the part of the body that patients complain about the most. After all, the feet are highly active every day. So what causes skin burning sensation in them:

  • Long walk

If you have walked a lot during the day, the burning sensation may be due to foot fatigue.

  • Lack of activity

Insufficient leg mobility is also bad. It impairs blood circulation, which causes tingling in the feet.

5. Hands

Sometimes the feeling of ache in your hands is due to manual labor. But sometimes, it can indicate nerve damage. Only a doctor can determine the exact cause. They highlight the most common reasons for this:

  • Stretching

If you stretch your hand or make a sharp movement, the discomfort will definitely appear.

  • Incorrect posture

Sometimes the wrong posture while sleeping or sitting puts stress on the hands. It increases the risk of burning.

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Skin Burning Sensation Treatment

Do you want to get rid of shrapnel pain in the body? Do you want to forget about discomfort and live without worries about health? Then start skin-burning sensation treatment as soon as you feel this symptom. The sooner you begin to cure it, the sooner you will stop this problem. After all, this is how you prevent its progression.

Doctors usually treat neck, back, and face burning sensations differently. It depends on where the patient feels ache and how much. But the primary determinant is the exact reason for its appearance. Maybe you have some chronic diseases? Maybe you have sleep disorders that provoke burning? Discuss your medical history with a specialist. It will give you a more straightforward idea of ​​the proper treatment.

Burning feeling often does not need serious therapy. You may just have to change your habits and adjust your lifestyle. But the treatment is more serious if you have a severe reason for its formation. Here are some common skin-burning sensation treatment examples:

1. Medicine

Sometimes doctors prescribe certain medicines to avoid discomfort in the body. Anti-infective drugs fight infections that can cause burning. Muscle relaxants help de-stress tense muscles, relieving pain. Neuropathic drugs calm the nervous system, avoiding the burning of damaged nerves. Please note that you should not take any medication without consulting a doctor!

2. Dietary changes

Poor nutrition also plays a role in the appearance of tingling in the body. Thus, sometimes in the presence of specific ailments that provoke it, doctors give dietary recommendations. A balanced diet rich in antioxidants and vitamins helps reduce inflammation. Increasing your fish and vegetable intake provides the body with healthy fatty acids. So, healthy nutrition can avoid neck, back, feet, and face burning sensations.

3. Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy promotes the recovery of the body and thus avoids any discomfort. Due to the individual approach, physiotherapy can treat burning feelings with impressive efficiency. Especially effective are massages, manual therapy, and electrotherapy. It helps to relieve muscle tension, improve blood circulation and reduce inflammation. Physical therapists can also design individualized exercises. It is to improve flexibility and strength

4. Lifestyle changes

Sometimes, it is necessary to dare to change life habits to improve health. Thus, doctors often recommend skin-burning sensation treatment in the form of a healthy lifestyle. Regular yoga, meditation, or swimming enhances blood circulation. Taking vitamins supports the immune system and helps the body heal. Managing stress through meditation can also reduce burning feelings. Sleep mode is also a key aspect that ensures the body’s recovery. It is imperative to follow all these tips to forget unpleasant sensations in the body.

Burning Sensation in Bones

Human bones can withstand colossal stress. After all, you do a lot of muscle contractions, flexion, and extension of bones every day. And it is the lower limbs, especially the knee joints, that perform most of this activity. Thus, the most common sign of their fatigue is an unpleasant burning sensation in the bones. It can occur in the knee as well as in the thigh, leg, or foot. 

Burning in the bones is a reaction that occurs during inflammatory processes. But most often, this happens due to an acute violation of blood flow. The feeling of discomfort may come and go. Sometimes it causes excruciating sensations that you can not ignore. What are the causes of the burning sensation in bones? Here are some examples:

  • Trauma

It includes all kinds of fractures, damage to the menisci, and sprained ligaments. 

  • Inflammation

These factors include arthrosis, arthritis, and pathologies of ligaments and tendons. Inflammation most often manifests itself due to bone friction after cartilage thinning. In exacerbations, bones hurt, and there is a persistent burning sensation.

  • Problems with blood vessels

Sometimes, pain in the bones has an unusual connection with vascular disorders. It includes varicose veins, thrombophlebitis, endarteritis, and hemophilia. When the blood circulation near the bones disturbs, you feel discomfort.

So bones are a common area for burning sensation. But most often, the knees suffer. To avoid such problems, doctors prescribe skin-burning sensation treatment. Sometimes this can limit your activity for several days or weeks. But after the course of treatment, any pain will not bother you.


Any discomfort in your body is a signal of certain malfunctions in the body. Of course, a burning feeling can sometimes be a not significant and one-time symptom. But not always. Thus, to know when the consequences of this can be severe, it is crucial to understand what causes a skin-burning sensation. Understanding this, you will see when you should turn to specialists.

If you are looking for experienced doctors to discover the cause of your discomfort in the body, Lone Star Neurologists will help you. Since burning is a neurological problem, we understand this perfectly. So, contact us, and we will determine and cure what is bothering you.


Is the burning sensation serious?

The seriousness of it depends on the cause and individual circumstances. If the sensation occurs after direct exposure to heat, it’s likely not a cause for worry. But if it becomes intense and worsens over time, you should consult a doctor.


How long should the burning sensation last?

Some sensations may last only briefly. But others might persist for several hours or days. If the burning sensation is long and does not stop, it’s best to consult healthcare. After all, a long manifestation of such a symptom can be serious.


Is burning skin a symptom of anxiety?

Yes. Anxiety can be a reason for a burning sensation in the body. It is because stress and anxiety can affect nerve endings. Exactly this leads to tingling or burning sensations. 


Does burning sensation mean the nerve is healing?

Sometimes a burning sensation is linked to nerve healing. But it’s not a definitive indicator. After all, nerve healing is a complex process. The feeling could also indicate ongoing inflammation or nerve dysfunction. So, to better understand the reason for this, contact specialists.

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  1. 19/09/2023

    Thanks for the inputs.

  2. 25/09/2023

    This is really great.

  3. 11/10/2023

    It’s been great reading your exposition and educating as well. I had accident with multiple fracture on my right leg since 2017 January could it be the cause of my experience? My phone number is 08094307026 from abuja nigeria.

  4. 24/10/2023

    I am suffering badly from burning nose and mouth and lately burning travels down my arms and chest’s very scary I also have had stingy watery eyes

    • 03/04/2024

      Same here. Hsd this for 5 years

  5. 26/11/2023

    Upper mid back burning sensation and pain 53 yr old female i have a lot of issues with my spine but this is new and concerning few days now

  6. 01/12/2023

    Going on 63
    Having stinging burning sensations throughout my body arms, back, shins, feet and left eye
    Got diagnosis with spinal stenosis at 59
    Doctor does not want to operate and now my condition has worsened
    Not getting any clear answers why
    If a operation slows the nerve damage why not operate
    So now I’m dealing with this and other issues due to my condition

    • 12/01/2024

      Hi there,
      I also have the same sensations throughout my body and neck area too.The burn and inflammation has been going on since last year in June 2023 and it’s every minute of everyday ,l have no control over my body and lm still waiting for a diagnosis. I have been tested for MS and l was cleared. I just want a name to what l have so l an then start to get the treatment l need.

  7. 03/12/2023

    I am suffering burning sensation and Pain mostly in my Left Side
    Very Badly
    I am a heart Patient
    So I am always in pain and Suffering from Burning Sensation
    What Should I do for this Problem . Even I can’t Sleep
    Are you in Bharat Or America

  8. 05/12/2023

    I’m having a burning sensation throughout my entire body I had a brain injury about 15 years ago and I had a subdural hematoma and brain anatomy. I have migraines and I give myself shots now for migraines. I am on several migraine meds and I am on several seizure meds. I have been trying to get in touch with my neurologist. Now for a week I have gone to the ER they would not keep me. They told me to get in touch with my neurologist, I have gone to my internist is what my neurologist told me to do. They have told me that it might be some of my meds for my neurologist I need help but everyone keeps passing the book to the other doctors, so what am I to do?

  9. 08/12/2023

    I have very irritated sensation on my inner thigh with nothing visible and is very tender and sensitive.

    • 15/01/2024

      Wake up throughout the night with severe burning sensation in my head face shoulder and neck only lasts for 5 minutes or more till I fall asleep again quite frightening can anyone help please

  10. 21/12/2023

    Am having burning in my lips my back and my waist please do I do cercerning this I need a doctor contact

  11. 30/01/2024

    I have burning in all my body. However severe on my back. I have seen skin doctors however no postive answer yet . I was also reffered to mental doctor. I really need help for. What can I 20 years

  12. 09/02/2024

    I want to know from you, specifically drugs generic name . which the drug will be cure for screen burning sensation.

  13. 20/02/2024

    Am experiencing burning of the entire body.It has persisted for almost 2months. I don’t know what to do.

  14. 03/03/2024

    Severe burning on my cheeks. Usually alternate between the two. Sometimes lasts a few minutes, sometimes hours. I might go for few days without any instances, and then wake up to intense redness and burning. This has been going on since I received my 2nd covid vaccine on 3/13/21 to which I had a very bad reaction.

  15. 12/03/2024

    My mind has been suffering from burning sensation in back, chest and neck, she been to hospitals that I can count not talk about medicines. Some doctors says it’s ulcer, some also says it is menopause pls how true is that.she is 50yrs
    Please can you help my mom, she is really suffering

  16. 16/03/2024

    My burning sensation started two weeks ago mostly in the night.
    It gives me sleepless nights
    My upper back and arms feels like fire when it starts, I really need help

  17. 18/03/2024

    I have had intense burning and redness on my cheeks for about 4 or 5 years. It comes and goes but happens almost everyday. I literally have to sit directly in front of air conditioner for relief. I also have similar symptoms on my neck and chest. No answers from any Doctors yet.
    I have Fibromyalgia and am curious if this is related!?!

  18. 29/03/2024

    I get burning face, arms, sides of legs, hands, with a sweety face during this burning episode, and sick stomach, I get this once every month give or take. I can be doing anything, the only common ground is heavy stress /anxiety possibly at those times.. it last’s about 3 to five minutes then just goes away and I am fine .. at the time of burning I checked my BP, sugar, temp, all good. Next burning time I will check oxygen & heart rate, although it feels fine during episode.. I have had many back surgeries, I think the combo of back surgery & stress / anxiety have stripped the protective coating off the nerves which is causing it to happen at certain times ? I need to figure out exactly what triggers this off ?? Anyone have any thoughts???

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