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The link between Infections and Neuropathy

Did you know that neuropathy, a condition caused by nerve damage with symptoms like pain and numbness, can be caused by different types of infections? Today we are looking into some of the different types of infections that can lead to neuropathy. 

Understanding the Impact of Infections

Infections can directly or indirectly damage nerves, leading to neuropathy. Symptoms of neuropathy can be easy to miss, often overlooked or unnoticed by the symptoms of the infection. If left untreated, your neuropathy symptoms will worsen over time. 

Let's explore some of the infections known to be linked with neuropathy:

  1. Lyme Disease: Caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and transmitted through tick bites, Lyme disease is known to affect the nervous system. Neuropathy can develop as a result of Lyme disease, particularly in the later stages of the infection.
  2. Herpesviruses: You may know them by their more common names- cold sores (herpes simplex) and shingles (herpes zoster). Shingles, which, can lead to postherpetic neuralgia, a type of neuropathy pain that persists after the shingles rash resolves.
  3. Hepatitis C: Chronic infection with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) has been linked to neuropathy. HCV can cause major inflammation in the liver, over time causing liver failure, and lasting liver disease. Neuropathy is the most common nervous system complication of an HCV infection.
  4. HIV/AIDS: Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) can lead to neuropathy, as a complication of the infection. HIV-related neuropathy most commonly occurs in the latter stages of HIV.
  5. Leprosy: Leprosy is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium leprae, which primarily targets nerves. Leprosy is the most common treatable cause of neuropathy in the world. If left untreated, the infection can damage nerves, leading to sensory loss, muscle weakness, and in extreme cases, disfigurement and permanent disability. 



Neuropathy can be caused by a variety of different infections that attack the nervous system and cause painful symptoms. Treatment for infection-related neuropathy focuses on managing the underlying infection while addressing neuropathy symptoms. 

Get Relief Today

If you suspect you may have neuropathy caused by an infection, reach out to my team. Neuropathy is a chronic condition that worsens over time. Without treatment, any symptoms you have will progressively get worse.

While there is no cure or quick fix for neuropathy, our proven Neuropathy Relief Program has seen success time and time again:

  • Reducing pain and numbness
  • Improving balance and mobility
  • Improving quality of life and overall health
  • Helping clients to regain their freedom and independence

To connect with a relief expert today and see what relief options are available to you, give us a call today at 517-883-2291 - or click the button below to learn more about our program. 

We would love the chance to help you get the lasting relief that you deserve.