Stroke Training and Awareness Resources (STARs)

Consequences of loss of feeling

A person experiencing loss of feeling may be susceptible to any of the following:

Consequences of loss of feeling
Scalds and burns As a result of being unaware of hot temperatures (e.g. water for bathing, cooking, food / drinks)
Cuts and abrasions As a result of being unable to feel their face (e.g. shaving) or hands (e.g. cooking)
Falls As a result of altered balance and also altered proprioception (e.g. getting up from a chair and not realising their foot is caught around the chair leg)
Pressure damage to skin As a result of not being able to feel when it is necessary to change position and help prevent pressure damage
Further injuries Pain can be a ‘protective’ mechanism which makes the person more aware of the injury and careful to prevent further injury. If a person does not feel pain, they can be more susceptible to repeated damage.
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Page last reviewed: 23 Jan 2020