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My fingers feel prickly (uncomfortable) when I lightly stroke things (people, animals); could this be static?

Asked by Mama_Cakes (9289 points ) November 29th, 2012

It has been happening a lot lately. I will lightly stroke my kitties or my g/f and there is a bit of an uncomfortable feeling. Could it be static?

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DigitalBlue's avatar

Probably static, especially this time of year. My cats are little electrified balls of fur right now.

Mama_Cakes's avatar

Even with my girl? lol

DigitalBlue's avatar

Of course, we get staticky, too. Is she prone to dry skin? That makes it considerably worse. Better yet, are you prone to dry skin?

Mama_Cakes's avatar

Yes. It’s her back. Makes sense. :)

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Dutchess_III's avatar

This time of year, static. Yes.

Unbroken's avatar

It is most likely static or dry skin. Exfoliate and moisturize also plenty of water intake.

But have you considered peripheral neuropathy? It is a symptom of many underlying conditions. From vitamin defiencies to diabetes.

wundayatta's avatar

It could also be the side effect from a med. Or withdrawal.

JLeslie's avatar

I don’t understand how you aren’t sure whether it is static? Static feels a certain way.

Unbroken's avatar

I think if that’s the closest thing you have experienced to the feeling but isn’t quite it @JLeslie

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Dutchess_III's avatar

In @rosehips’ defense, I associate static electricity with a swift, quick bite, not a prolonged tickly. But we’ve all stroked a blanket that threw up harmless sparks along the stroking path, and that is a little different. (I always bury myself under the blanket to watch the show!!)

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