Many chemicals may be toxic to the peripheral nerves and cause peripheral neuropathy.
Some chemicals that are of concern are:
-Organic solvents: aliphatic, aromatic, cyclic, and halogenated hydrocarbons, alcohols, ethers, esters, ketones, and glycols.
-Heavy metals: arsenic, thallium, lead, mercury, gold.
-Some commercially available herbal medicines may be a source of excessive levels of heavy metals.
If you suffer from peripheral neuropathy and have been exposed to any of these chemicals, make certain to inform your physician.