Nerve Damage

Nerve damage from treatment—also called neuropathy—can cause odd sensations such as tingling or numbness in your hands, arms, feet, or legs. This type of damage raises your risk for burns and falls. For example, if your sense of touch is impaired, you can scald your skin in the shower without realizing it, and if your legs are numb, you are more likely to stumble.

If nerve damage is a problem for you, there are practical steps you can take to make your environment safer:

  • Check water temperature 
  • Be sure to use gloves and potholders 
  • Keep rooms, outside paths and stairs well lit 
  • Clear walkways and floors 
  • Use non-skid mats in showers and bathtubs 
  • Ask your doctor or nurse what actions make sense for you, at home and at work

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