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Burning sensation on the skin: causes and treatment

by Alivia Nyhan
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The skin is a fundamental and delicate structure. It puts us in contact with the world around us, like the rest of the senses. That is why an injury or a significant discomfort generates pain and changes our perception of the outside.

The burning sensation on the skin can be caused by various problems, from infections to stress, burns, chronic diseases, or just dryness.

Learn about the most common causes of burning skin sensations and their treatments in this FastlyHealarticle.

Burning sensation from skin problems

Some local skin problems can cause that annoying burning or stinging sensation to appear. The leading causes are:


Exaggerated exposure to the sun for a significant amount of time when the sun is intense and, especially on delicate skin, can cause stinging of the skin and a burning sensation.

You may notice that the skin is red, and even if the burns are more severe, blisters may appear on the skin.

In addition, symptoms of excess heat may appear in the body, such as intense thirst, tiny or very dark urine, and headaches.

What to do?

You can refresh your skin with cool water and by applying substances that relieve burning skin, such as:

  • Coconut oil.
  • Aloe vera.
  • Sandalwood.

If the burn is very intense, your doctor may also indicate an ointment with vitamin A and even pain relievers such as lidocaine, but this cannot be used indiscriminately or in large quantities because when absorbed, they can have adverse effects.


The skin may react with redness, burning, itching, and a burning sensation due to irritation. Eczema can be caused by:

  • Allergy.
  • By contact with irritating substances.
  • By contact with pesky plants such as poison ivy or nettle.

What to do?

It is essential to identify the cause to avoid new contact with the same substance.

Irritated skin can be treated topically with antiallergic creams, corticosteroids, or orally indicated by this type of drug.

It is convenient that while you have irritated skin, you eat lightly and with foods that are easy to digest, since that way your body will take care of improving the skin problem and will not waste its energy on digestion.


If there are injuries where you have burns, you may have suffered from insect bites. Spiders, mosquitoes, and fleas are some of the possible annoying invaders.

What to do?

Check if the lesions may correspond to bites and check the places where you have been.

If the lesions are many and the intense discomfort, you may require some ointment or an antiallergic.

Dry Skin

Dry skin is quite common, especially in intense drought, extreme heat, or cold periods.

What to do?

If the skin is dry, oily creams that hydrate the skin on the outside will not suffice, although they can help. It is also necessary that the food is not dry but rather unctuous. Incorporating healthy fats such as avocado or ghee is good help.

In addition to drinking enough fluids and avoiding things that dehydrate you the most, such as coffee, alcohol, unsoaked nuts, processed foods, and tobacco, among others.


Anxiety generates dryness and a tendency to suffer from skin problems. Stress appears when the body reacts to different situations intensely. It is a way to stay alert to dangerous situations, but when it becomes every day, it seriously affects the body.

What to do?

If you consider that anxiety and stress are causing you such disturbances, perhaps it is time to rethink what is happening.

You can look for a drug that calms the burning in the skin, or you can look at your habits and in your mind what is upsetting your balance.

Infectious cellulitis

Cellulite is a deep INFECTION of skin tissues. There is usually inflammation, redness, pain or burning of the skin, fever, and general malaise. It can get complicated quickly, especially in people with underlying diseases such as diabetes.

That is why it is necessary to go to a medical consultation if you feel some of the symptoms described above.

Antibiotics are often needed for treatment. Cold compresses can also help. Try not to medicate yourself, as it can delay the diagnosis and further complicate it.

Neurological diseases

All the sensations that manifest on your skin are received and transmitted by nerve structures. Heat, cold, touch, pressure, tingling, numbness, and burning are felt on the skin because there are receptors in it that perceive these sensations.

After that initial contact, they are transmitted to the brain so that you can make them conscious. When the receptors or the nerves themselves are affected by some pathology, unpleasant sensations such as burning or burning may appear on the entire skin or only in one area.

One of the most talked-about causes is multiple sclerosis. Several nerves are affected consecutively in it, which generates the most varied disorders throughout the body that can affect the skin, sense organs, and balance, among others.

What to do?

If you notice that something is wrong, that your body does not respond appropriately, or that some of your faculties are altered, make a professional medical consultation. Neurological diseases are usually more easily treatable if they are diagnosed early.

An important key that I think you should consider is that your body can regain its health if you let it. Adopting healthy habits can help you return to balance. Food, sleep, exercise, and the way your mind works are vital factors when looking for what makes you better and better.

Burning and burning of the skin due to peripheral neuropathies

In chronic pathologies, the imbalances are such that many structures of the body can be affected simultaneously, including the nerves.


In the case of diabetes, there is damage to the blood vessels. When the capillaries that supply the nerves are affected, peripheral neuropathies occur in different body parts. The most frequent are at the level of the lower limbs, generating less sensitivity or a burning sensation, burning, and other unpleasant sensations.

What to do?

Although it is a general concept that diabetes is a chronic disease for life, the truth is that in many cases, it is the product of habits. If you decide to change your lifestyle habits, you can start to improve. You should know that it is not something that will improve overnight. Your commitment and perseverance are necessary.

Reviewing what you eat, how you do it, how you combine your food, your sleep habits, how you experience stressful situations, and exercising can make you feel much better and, over time, achieve balance.

Alcoholism and smoking

The excessive and chronic consumption of alcohol and tobacco alters nerve conduction. Alcohol, in addition to creating a burning sensation on the skin, can cause tremors or stiffness, for example.

The adverse effects of cigarettes on the lungs are well known, but it also negatively affects digestion and circulation and causes the accumulation of toxins, among others.

What to do?

It is not easy, but the suspension of these toxins is essential to improve health. It is not impossible, even less if you seek help from groups of people who suffer from the same problem or from professionals dedicated to helping with these addictions.


In cases of tumor pathology, this type of burning may appear on the skin without apparent cause. Sometimes, same cancer can affect the peripheral nerves, giving sensations of type burning, pain, tingling, and burning.

In others, the medications used for cancer treatments can be so strong that they end up causing nerve damage, and these problems have even been documented years later.

What to do?

In this case, the influence of your mind and your habits is also essential. Following the treatments that you think are good for you and find out what led to the disease are keys to healing. Food, thoughts, exercise, and sleep are pillars that you should probably review so that they can keep you on your feet and reduce the discomfort caused by the imbalances you suffer. This is essential to achieve success in the treatments you perform.

Professionals can prescribe pain medication. There are different drugs, some over the counter and others for which you will need a prescription. It is essential that you not self-medicate, as you can complicate the picture even more.

This article is merely informative. At FastlyHeal .com, we do not have the power to prescribe medical treatments or make any diagnosis. We invite you to see a doctor if you present any condition or discomfort.

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