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of Neuropathy (Nerve Damage) and what can be done
Bacterial Diseases and Nerve Damage
Viral and bacterial infections can cause indirect nerve damage by
provoking conditions referred to as autoimmune disorders, in which
specialized cells and antibodies of the immune system attack the
body's own tissues. These attacks typically cause destruction of
the nerve's myelin sheath or axon (the long fiber that extends out
from the main nerve cell body).
Lyme disease, diphtheria,
and leprosy are bacterial diseases characterized by extensive
peripheral nerve damage.
Diphtheria and leprosy are now rare in
the United States, but Lyme disease is on the rise. It can cause a
wide range of neuropathic disorders, including a rapidly
developing, painful polyneuropathy, often within a few weeks after
initial infection by a tick bite.
Staph infections that are gotten from
hospitalization can also cause nerve damage.
Virus Diseases and Nerve Damage
Viruses that can attack nerve tissues
include herpes varicella-zoster (shingles),
Epstein-Barr virus, cytomegalovirus, and herpes
simplex-members of the large family of human herpes
viruses. These viruses severely damage sensory nerves,
causing attacks of sharp, lightning-like pain.
Postherpetic neuralgia often occurs after an attack of
shingles and can be particularly painful.
The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which
causes AIDS, also causes extensive damage to the
central and peripheral nervous systems. The virus can
cause several different forms of neuropathy, each
strongly associated with a specific stage of an active
immunodeficiency disease. A rapidly progressive,
painful polyneuropathy affecting the feet and hands is
often the first clinically apparent sign of HIV
What can be done about bacteria
or virus caused neuropathy
Nerve Damage is also
called Neuropathy. It has been found the cause of the
damage doesn't matter, that the damage is the same.
For information on neuropathy
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