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I have been experiencing pins and needles in my left hand which I've had for over a week. I was clearing a large area in the garden from nettles and during this time I was stung numerous times.

Is this a result of being stung and when can I expect this feeling to go away?

I did wear gloves, but this weren't thick enough.

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    In my experience the pain and/or red skin from nettle stings goes away within 24 hours. I suggest you get some medical advice. Incidentally, if you cut down nettles and leave them to die for 24 hours before touching them, they will not sting at all. – alephzero Nov 9 '18 at 13:38
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    As Aleph said, nettle stings normally calm down more quickly than that, though some people are more sensitive than others. I would seek medical advice. If the area has been sprayed with herbicides or pesticides this can result in a more severe reaction. – George of all trades Nov 9 '18 at 14:55
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    I disagree that dead leaves don't sting - from personal experience! From a scientific perspective, the stings have two modes of action - one is mechanical (they have sharp silica tips that poke holes in you) and the other is chemical (they release various inflammatory compounds into the holes they make). The silica tips are resistant to decay, so being dead makes very difference to the mechanical irritation. The tips are fragile, so cutting them down is likely to damage many of the tips reducing the likelihood of stinging. – George of all trades Nov 9 '18 at 14:57
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    @SPlatten Is there a rash? Tbh, this doesn't sound related to the stinging nettles. Yes definitely get in to see a doctor. – Rob Nov 9 '18 at 20:48
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    I would guess you have strained something and/or trapped a nerve - but I'm not a medic, and you need professional advice. Not wishing to scare you, but if it's "not getting any better" it may get very much worse over time, if it's not sorted out. – alephzero Nov 10 '18 at 13:16

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