Bacterial & Viral Causes of Neuropathy (Nerve Damage)

Bacterial Diseases and Nerve Damage

Image of a blister with antibiotics and a digital thermometer-useful items to manage the infections.

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.

In some people, response to the coronavirus has been shown to increase the risk of nerve damage. Some researchers think the unbalanced immune system caused by reacting to the coronavirus may lead to neurological problems.

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 infection.

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.

Treatment for Neuropathy from Bacterial & Viral Neuropathy

There are many medications, and other remedies to bring relief, you can read it in this article Neuropathy Treatments.

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None of the various neuropathy treatments will build healthy nerves. You can cover up the symptoms and you can increase circulation and you can make a person feel less pain, etc., but if you build healthy nerves, there will not be any symptoms (healthy nerves don’t hurt, tingle, burn, are not numb, etc.) and the relief will be lasting.

Building Healthy Nerves*

Healthy sensory nerves mean that they are not painful. Healthy nerves mean that they communicate and don’t send wrong signals such as burning, hot and cold, tingling when there is no reason for it. Healthy motor nerves mean that they relay messages from the brain to the muscle so that they move correctly. Nerves need to be healthy to function properly.

The body needs specific nutrients (vitamins) to be able to build healthy nerves.

It may not give immediate relief (although many do feel changes in the first week) as the vitamins are working at a cellular level, but it does address the actual problem, builds healthy nerves and brings lasting relief.

(For temporary relief while building healthy nerves, go to Pain Relief Formula )

What can be done for lasting relief?

Find out how to Build Healthy Nerves

*Studies & Research on Nerve Health

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