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Tactile Hyperesthesia Causes

Updated November 21, 2016

Tactile hyperesthesia is a severe sensitivity to touch. It can cause skin to have a tingling sensation or make the lightest touch feel painful. This condition has many possible causes. To treat tactile hyperesthesia, doctors must discover the underlying cause of the condition.

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A parasite causes the infection angiostrongyliasis. When a person consumes raw foods, like prawns or snails, the parasite hiding inside makes its way into a person's system. Besides tactile hyperesthesia, other symptoms of angiostrongyliasis include abdominal pain and vomiting.

Chemical Poisoning

When the body is poisoned, it can react in a number of adverse ways. Chlorobenzene is a solvent chemical. When a person accidentally ingests chlorobenzene, the result will possibly be severe sensitivity to a light touch or skin tingling.


If a person starts to feel symptoms related to tactile hyperesthesia, the cause could possibly be leptomeningitis. Leptomeningitis means the leptomeninges, which are thin membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord, have become swollen. The condition can cause sensitivity to touch.


Neuropathy refers to damage to a person's nerves. When nerves are damaged, there can be a heightened sense to stimuli, like sensitivity to touch. Neuropathy can cause skin to react strongly to light brushing or strokes.

Parsonage Turner Syndrome

Parsonage Turner syndrome is similar to neuropathy because it involves damage to nerves. This syndrome involves the inflammation of nerves located in the shoulders, arms and hands. Along with tactile hyperesthesia, Parsonage Turner syndrome can cause muscle weakness and pain.

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About the Author

Megan Richardson

Megan Richardson began her career as a freelance writer and editor in 2009. She has experience in public relations and event planning, and she worked as a writer's assistant to a published author for more than a year. Her work has also appeared in "The Daily Sentinel." Richardson holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication and journalism from Stephen F. Austin State University

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