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Is there a cure for peripheral neuropathy?

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  • Peripheral neuropathy has many causes, such as injuries, infections, and diseases. Because of this, there are cures for some forms of peripheral neuropathy but not for others, such as inherited diseases. In order to treat peripheral neuropathy, it is necessary to treat the disease, like diabetes or alcoholism, that is causing the disorder. In all cases, catching peripheral neuropathy early can increase your chances of avoiding even more damage and reducing the severity of symptoms.

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  • AIrene Semenov, DO, Neurology, answered on behalf of NorthShore University HealthSystem

    Peripheral neuropathy can be controlled or reversed, if the underlying conditions discovered and treated properly. For example, in diabetes persistently elevated blood sugar damages the nerve fibers. Thus, the optimal control of diabetes can alleviate the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy. Similarly, if peripheral neuropathy is due to toxic side effects of a medication, stopping that medication can lead to a significant improvement of neuropathy symptoms. 

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