Paresthesia

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Hypoglycemia

Hypoglycemia is a state where a person has a blood sugar level below the normal range. Paresthesia is one of the symptoms that may occur when someone experiences this.

Symptoms

A number of other possible symptoms can take place when a person has a low blood glucose level. For instance, a person may simply feel unwell in a general sense. Seizures can occur, and the individual may become unconscious. It is possible for this state to lead to permanent brain damage, and even death, but these instances are rare and tend to occur when someone is unconscious from untreated and severe hypoglycemia for an extended period of time.

Causes

Generally, hypoglycemia occurs in diabetics. It can come as a side effect of taking insulin or oral medications that lower the blood sugar. Aside from patients with diabetes, hypoglycemia can also occur for other reasons. Changes in metabolism due to infection can lead to it. If a person's body produces excessive amounts of insulin, then low blood sugar can result. These are just some of the potential causes. Different age groups can have particular medical reasons for this. Infants, younger children, younger adults, and older adults all have their own set of possible reasons why glucose in the bloodstream might be lower than usual.


Diagnosis

Please do not try to diagnose hypoglycemia or any other issue based upon something that you read on this site. A professional makes a diagnosis of this condition. One method that may be used is known as the diagnostic fast. An oral glucose tolerance test, or OGTT, is another method. The option used can vary from one case to the next.

Treatment

Initially, hypoglycemia treatment seeks to elevate the blood sugar of the patient back to where it should be. This is usually done by taking a sufficient amount of carbohydrates, often as food or drink if the affected person has remained conscious and is still able to swallow. Eventually, it is desirable for the reason behind the condition to be determined, so that treatment can be aimed at avoiding future occurrences.

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