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How do infections and immune system disorders lead to neuropathy, and how can I manage it?

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Some germs can damage your nerve fibers. These include HIV, the herpes virus, and the bacteria that causes Lyme disease.

In an autoimmune disorder, your immune system mistakenly attacks your body. Some, including rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, can also affect nerve tissue and may cause neuropathy.

What helps: If you know you have an immune system disorder, follow the treatment plan your doctor gave you, and let her know how you’re doing or if you have any side effects.

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Neuropathy.”

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Peripheral Neuropathy Fact Sheet.”

The Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy: “Alcohol,” “Chemo-Induced PN,” “Nutrition and Vitamin Deficiency,” “Idiopathic Neuropathy.”

Fiona Gupta, MD, neurologist, Hackensack University Medical Center, New Jersey.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Diabetic Neuropathies: The Nerve Damage of Diabetes.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on April 22, 2018

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Neuropathy.”

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Peripheral Neuropathy Fact Sheet.”

The Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy: “Alcohol,” “Chemo-Induced PN,” “Nutrition and Vitamin Deficiency,” “Idiopathic Neuropathy.”

Fiona Gupta, MD, neurologist, Hackensack University Medical Center, New Jersey.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Diabetic Neuropathies: The Nerve Damage of Diabetes.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on April 22, 2018

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