Random spots of warm sensations on your body could signify an underlying health condition. It’ll be hard to pinpoint a specific disease with this one single symptom. Anxiety could be giving you these warm spots. Look out for other symptoms of radiating pain, numbness and weakness in the affected area, tingling sensation like “pins and needless,” etc. It could be signs of arthritis or pinched nerve (radiculopathy). Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medications and massage and physical therapy are common treatments.
Anybody would feel uneasy when something unusual happens in their body.
If you suddenly get random warm spots on your body- it would make you run your mind with possibilities like, “What if it’s an early sign of chronic disease?”
That could be or is not the case. Below, you can read a few possible underlying causes for why you have random warm spots on your body and what you can do about it.
Table of Contents
- 1. Warm spots due to anxiety
- 2. Pinched nerve (radiculopathy)
- 3. Arthritis
- Why is the skin under my thighs or legs burning?
1. Warm spots due to anxiety
Your body may feel weird sensations when you suffer from anxiety or have a history of any emotional disorder like anxiety.
Your mind and body have a unique, complex connection, and it’s safe to say that anxiety isn’t just something in your head.
It could stir up every part of your body.
Think about the last time you felt really anxious and had a panic attack. You definitely felt it physically, didn’t you?
The most common anxiety symptoms are chest pain, shortness of breath, rapid heartbeats, excessive sweating, and restlessness.
Anxiety can also give you sleep and skin issues, stomach pain, muscle tension and pain, nausea and vomiting, difficulty eating, and other physical symptoms.
For this reason, having random warm or cold spots on your body could be due to anxiety.
How can you manage anxiety?
Treating anxiety typically involves psychotherapy and medication. Often, at-home treatments and lifestyle changes can help you cope with anxiety symptoms.
At the same time, therapy and medication help you overcome and prevent anxiety attacks.
Talk with your doctor about what treatment plan is best for you. It may include some of the following:
Anxiety medications won’t cure the disorder but may help you manage and overcome your symptoms.
Remember that it might take several medications to find the right one for you.
Medications include benzodiazepines like Alprazolam or Clonazepam; SSRI antidepressants like Fluoxetine or Sertraline; Azapirone drug called Buspirone; and Beta-blockers like Propranolol, Atenolol, etc.
3. Lifestyle changes and home remedies
Take your doctor’s advice on what lifestyle changes you need to follow to manage your anxiety symptoms with or without going to therapy and taking medications.
Generally, lifestyle changes include:
- Get enough sleep every day
- Do breathing exercises, meditate, and yoga
- Exercise daily
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet
- Avoid alcohol and caffeine
- Quit cigarettes
4. Other alternative treatments
There are alternative natural remedies for treating anxiety that has been practiced for many years now.
These include acupuncture and taking herbal preparations like valerian root extract, chamomile, ashwagandha, kava, etc.
2. Pinched nerve (radiculopathy)
It is a condition when a nerve or group of nerves is “pinched,” compressed, or receives too much pressure from surrounding tissues (cartilage, disc, bone, tendon, or muscle), resulting in damage.
This can happen anywhere in your body but most likely in your neck, shoulders, wrists, elbows, and lower back.
The exact cause of a pinched nerve is unclear.
You’re at risk if you have rheumatoid arthritis, are pregnant, and suffer from an injury, herniated disc, or bone spurs. It could also be hereditary.
Repetitive movements or overusing a specific part of your body for the same daily activities may result in a pinched nerve.
Pinched nerve may cause you pain which could feel like electric, burning, and a hot/cold sensation on the affected area.
It may also give you the following symptoms:
- Tingling and stinging pain like “pins and needles”
- Numbness or stiffness
- Muscle weakness like loss of strength and grip
- Hand or foot going numb frequently like it has “fallen asleep”
How can you treat pinched nerve symptoms?
There are ways to manage your symptoms at home. These include the following:
- Get extra sleep and rest to encourage nerve healing. Avoid overusing the affected area and activities that may irritate it.
- Adjust or change your posture. Experiment on which sitting, standing, or lying position reduces discomfort.
- Invest in an ergonomic workstation. Adjust your keyboard and monitor position, buy a standing desk, or find ways to put you in a suitable working position that reduces pressure in parts of your body.
- Take pain-relieving medications. Over-the-counter drugs like ibuprofen, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, should help reduce pain and swelling due to pinched nerves.
- Do stretching and massage or physical therapy. Stretching is good for relieving pressure and tension on the affected area. Massage and physical therapy may help reduce pain and other symptoms.
Other ways to help with pinched nerves include losing extra weight, applying ice and heat packs regularly, elevating your legs (if your lower back is affected), and wearing a splint.
Prescription medicine and surgery are available for severe cases of a pinched nerve.
The two most common types of arthritis include rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
Both types can give you a symptom that would feel like unusual warmth when you touch a section of your skin. This could be a sign of inflammation or joint swelling.
Other than inflammation, rheumatoid arthritis can also give you the following symptoms:
- Joint pain and aches
- Joint tenderness and swelling lasting more than 6 weeks
- Morning stiffness that lasts for hours
- Same joints symptoms on both sides of the body
- Weakness and fatigue
- Loss of joint function and deformities
- Low-grade fever
- Loss of appetite
Meanwhile, osteoarthritis can give you the following symptoms:
- Joint pain and aches
- Joint stiffness in the morning lasting for hours
- Soreness or tenderness on the affected area when touched
- Reduced range of motion and loss of flexibility
- Feeling like things are rubbing together inside your joint, creating crepitus, popping, or grating sounds
- Bone spurs or lumps of bone around the joint
How can you treat arthritis?
Treatments for warm joints or arthritis include medications, therapy, and lifestyle changes.
- Medications. These include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), topical arthritis pain relievers, steroids, and disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs).
- Physical therapy. It will help in strengthening your muscles and joints and improve your flexibility.
- Get enough exercise. Talk to your doctor about creating a daily workout regimen for you that will help in strengthening your joints and improving your mobility.
- Eat a balanced healthy diet. Avoid red meat and processed foods containing high amounts of saturated fat and added sugar and salt. These can cause inflammation and may worsen your symptoms.
- Get extra rest and enough sleep. Rest your painful joints to reduce pressure or stress on the area and encourage healing.
Why is the skin under my thighs or legs burning?
There are many possible reasons for this. It could be an injury or effect of intense exercise, nerve irritation, or joint and muscle problems.
Often, these warm sensations are accompanied by other symptoms like pain or swelling and inflammation.
You can read more below about the possible health conditions causing warm or burning sensations under the skin of your thighs or legs:
1. Meralgia paresthestica
It’s a form of nerve damage that happens when the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve that provides sensation to the skin on your thigh is irritated, compressed, or pinched.
It’s usually not severe and could resolve on its own after a few months.
Minor meralgia paresthestica can be treated with conservative treatments like wearing loose clothing, getting enough rest, losing extra weight when overweight, and physical therapy or deep tissue massage.
Medications like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and pain relievers could also help.
In most severe cases, prescriptions medicines and surgery could be your options.
2. Lumbar radiculopathy
Warm sensations in your thigh could be an early sign of lumbar radiculopathy.
You may develop this condition when the spinal nerve roots in your lower back area are compressed due to an injury or other conditions like a herniated lumbar disc, bone spurs, tumors, etc.
This symptom would eventually be accompanied by symptoms like:
- Sharp pain in your lower back radiating to your outer thighs down to your foot
- Numbness in your inner or outer thighs
- General weakness in your thighs and legs
- A sensation of reflex changes or hypersensitivity
Treatments for lumbar radiculopathy depend on the severity of your condition.
You may need to take NSAIDs, pain medications, oral or injectable steroids, cold and heat therapy, and physical therapy.
Discuss thoroughly with your doctor about getting surgery when first-line treatments fail to alleviate your pain and symptoms.
It could be sciatica
This describes a set of symptoms than a specific disease caused by lumbar or sacral radiculopathy.
Sciatica is a form of pain that radiates from the lower back into the thigh, leg, and/or foot. It could also give you a sensation like warm or hot water running down your leg.
3. Venous Reflux
This condition is also known as chronic venous insufficiency (CVI).
It occurs when the valves of the veins in the top of your foot to your upper thigh or groin area (saphenous veins) are damaged or impaired.
This causes your blood to “reflux”, leak, or move backward instead of going back to your heart and could collect or pool in your leg, foot, or toes.
You could get symptoms like a hot or burning sensation often accompanied by discoloration and itching when that happens.
Non-invasive treatments are available, but you might need surgery to repair the damaged valves or blocked veins in worse conditions.
A single symptom like getting random warm spots on your body could tell many things.
It might’ve occurred spontaneously with no underlying causes or could be an early symptom of anxiety and joint and nerve problems.
Other things to consider are injury, infections, skin irritations, reaction to medications, or an early sign of a chronic illness. It could just be a sunburn too!
You better schedule a check-up with your doctor immediately and get a proper diagnosis to get adequate treatment for the random warm spots on your body.