Toxic Neuropathy

Toxic neuropathy is nerve damage caused by toxic (harmful) substances. It is a form of peripheral neuropathy, damage to the nerves away from the brain and spinal cord. Peripheral neuropathy occurs in the nerves of your arms and hands or legs and feet.  

An example of toxic neuropathy is nerve pain, numbness or tingling and loss of function caused by handling certain chemicals. These might include cleaning fluid, beauty products or pest killers such as flea dip. Using or handling these products can cause toxic neuropathy.  

At the OHSU Brain Institute, we work closely with other OHSU experts to diagnose and treat all types of nervous system conditions. Learn more about disorders that affect the peripheral nerves.