What Causes Burning Sensations?

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A burning sensation is some sort of pain which can be distinguished from dull, aching pain or stabbing. Burning pain is often linked to nerve problems. However, there are many other possible conditions, such as rosacea, frostbite, bites and stings and pernicious anemia.

Infections, injuries and autoimmune disorders can trigger nerve pain and cause nerve damage in some cases.

In addition, Demodex mites may cause a burning sensation too.

Patients who suffer from Demodex infestation may complain of a burning sensation. It may feel like pins and needles, a prickly, sharp pain or hotness on the skin.

Numerous medical conditions that cause a burning sensation have no cure, but different treatments effectively control the pain.

You should ask your doctor for treatment and receive a correct diagnosis if you’re concerned about burning sensations.

Which Parts of the Body May Experience a Burning Sensation?

The location of the sensation can give a good sign of its cause. For instance, a burning feeling in the muscles may result from an injury.

In contrast, sense of burning on the skin are likely the results of having contact with an irritant or an allergen, such as poison ivy. We listed some of the most common locations of burning sensations below.


The skin may come into contact with a range of possible irritants every day. The following sources of irritation may lead to a sense of burning on your skin:

  • Insect bites and stings, such as from bees, wasps, and spiders.
  • Sunburn.
  • Allergic reactions to detergents, lotions or other substances come into contact with the skin.
  • Plants cause a rash or may sting, such as nettles, poison ivy, nettles, or poison sumac.
  • Dehydrated skin, particularly during the winter months.
  • Eczema.
  • Nerve damage may result from degenerative conditions such as multiple sclerosis(MS).
  • Stress or anxiety, mainly if a person is worried too much about skin conditions.

You should visit a doctor as soon as possible if sense of burning is accompanied by:

  • Fever.
  • Swollen and painful glands.
  • Swelling, heat, or redness of the skin.


If your hands are suffering from a burning sensation, you’re undoubtedly eager to figure what is the source of your pain in order to put a stop to it.

Hand burning sensation is often caused by one of the skin issues mentioned in the previous section. Still, other conditions which may lead to a burning sensation on hands are such as:

Chronic dry skin:

Chronic dry skin is a problem that can strike anybody and on any part of the body. Yet, it’s especially common on your hands. It can lead to a burning sensation in your hands in addition to dry, red skin.

Palmar Erythema:

If red, splotchy spots accompany the burning sensation in your hands on the palm of your hands, it could be the result of a rare skin condition called palmar erythema.


Fibromyalgia is a skeletal condition, and people who have fibromyalgia may struggle with pain in different parts of their bodies. One of the most typical places is in the hands, where pain may manifest as a burning sensation.


It is an extremely rare condition with many names, such as Mitchell disease, Gerhardt disease, and Weir-Mitchell disease. Besides a severe burning in your hands, you might also experience redness and swelling.


A burning sensation in your foot may be caused by nerve damage in the leg, also called neuropathy. Many conditions that can cause neuropathy are such as:

  • Diabetes.
  • Alcohol abuse.
  • Vasculitis(inflammation of blood vessels).
  • Heavy metal poisoning (mercury, arsenic, lead).
  • Vitamin deficiency such as a lack of folate, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12.
  • Multiple sclerosis(MS).
  • Injuries and accidents.
  • Kidney and liver disease.

Besides neuropathy, inflammation infections of the feet can also cause a sense of burning. One of the most common of these is athlete’s foot, a condition of the skin caused by fungus.

Also, weak circulation of blood to the feet may regularly cause burning feet, pain, and tingling, mainly while walking.


Many people may feel a burning sensation in specific muscles when lifting weights or doing other strenuous exercises, typically due to lactic acid release.

An intense, painful burning sensation may indicate a muscle injury, such as a strain or sprain. Other conditions of a burning sensation in the muscles include:

  • Fibromyalgia.
  • Arthritis(a group of conditions that affect joints and cause joint inflammations).
  • A herniated disc in the spine.
  • Myofascial pain syndrome.

Mouth and throat:

Feeling of burning sensations in the mouth and gums are usually the result of irritation caused by:

  • Gum disease.
  • Acidic foods.
  • Vigorous tooth brushing.

A burning sensation in the throat is usually the result of an infection, such as strep throat. A strep throat may feel more painful, especially when talking, and the area may feel scratchy and raw. Strep throat is often accompanied by chills, fever, or flu-like symptoms. it is common in children but comparatively rare in adults.

Also, acid reflux can cause a burning sensation in the throat. It may be intermittent, but it tends to follow an acidic meal. People with acid reflux may also experience burning in the chest, belching, and stomach discomfort.

While urinating:

Feeling a burning sensation while urinating is often a sign of a urinary tract infection (UTI). UTIs are much more common in women. Infections can affect the kidneys, bladder or urethra.

If left with no treatment, it can spread to other areas of the body. The following conditions can also cause a burning sensation during urination:

  • Surrounding tissue or physical injury to the urethra often the result of shaving, sexual intercourse, or friction from clothing.
  • Sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
  • Prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate).


Different skin irritation, such as that caused by getting soap in the vagina may lead to a burning sensation around or in the genitals.

Tiny wounds caused by sexual intercourse or shaving may also lead to a momentary feeling of burning.

Infections are often the main cause of burning sensation in the genitals. Bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections commonly lead to itchiness, burning, and unusual discharge.

For example, bacterial vaginosis can also cause a fishy vaginal odour. Also, genital burning can result from a wide range of Sexually transmitted infections.

Diagnosing the Cause of a Burning Sensation:

If you’re experiencing a tenacious burning sensation, Schedule an appointment with your doctor. The doctor may ask some questions about your pain and perform a physical examination during your appointment.

Your doctor will also order specific tests to try to identify the underlying cause of your burning pain.

Demodex Mites and Burning Sensations:

In some researches, Demodex mites have been found in ten per cent of skin biopsies and twelve percent of follicles. Other samples revealed at least one species of Demodex in all adults tested.

Both D. folliculorum and D. brevis may lead to symptoms like red, scaly skin and a burning sensation in the skin.

Besides, a large infestation of D. folliculorum can increase the risk of getting skin problems such as skin infections, dermatitis and rosacea. 

Ungex and Demodex Mites:

Ungex protocols and products specially formulated for helping to treat Demodex Mites.

As mentioned before, these small creatures may be causes of burning sensations in our skin or develop other types of conditions that are the main source of burning sensation problems. 

With the Ungex consultant’s advice, you can strengthen your immune system and improve your body against Demodex mites.


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