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Diabetes itchy skin

Discussion in 'Diabetes Complications' started by Binty147, Apr 12, 2011.

  1. snowy77

    snowy77 Type 2 · Newbie

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    Yeah mate I suffer the same Really bad at night . but it's mainly around my groin my misses goes crazy when I wake her up at stupid o'clock scratching like mad . I have no idea why or how to stop it . I am also diabetic. I got diabetes free after I had an heart attack
     
  2. dancer

    dancer Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    For months before I was diagnosed with Type 1, I itched like mad. It started in my armpits and worked it's way down. I found that natural fibres helped but my skin was in a dry, terrible state for months.

    When I was diagnosed and stabilised, the difference in my skin was amazing. I remember asking a doctor at the diabetic clinic if this was connected in any way to my diabetes. He said he'd never heard of such a connection and it was probably a coincidence. This was almost 37 years ago - I wonder if that doctor had anything to do with finding out that itchy skin is one of the symptoms of diabetes. . . . Probably not!
     
  3. eddie1968

    eddie1968 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I get itchy skin when my BG is up and use a non greasy moisturizer like Diprobase and Chlorphenamine tabs or liquid as required, seems to help.
     
  4. oldsurveyor

    oldsurveyor Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    I use this on every skin irritation from bear bites to diaper rash.
    She's never let me down yet, save yeast infections, it's just dreadful for yeast infections. For that I use oral diflucan.
    This stuff is natural and pretty cheap and helped my boy get over a frightful case of eczema.
    Good luck to ya.

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  5. Frosty66

    Frosty66 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Itching behind my ears I've tried all the creams and shampoos
    Drives me crazy
     
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  6. DeeMatt

    DeeMatt Type 1 · Member

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    How interesting, I've been T1 diabetic 26 years now, started suffering very bad itchy skin lately which has very dry patches, assumed it would be related to my diabetes, as everything else seems to be!! But now I know for sure, sugars have been very high for no apparent reason for about a week, resulted to eating salads etc, low carbs and still can't get it below 15, pain in the behind! Been referred to a dermatologist also.
     
  7. DeeMatt

    DeeMatt Type 1 · Member

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    Same as!
     
  8. DeeMatt

    DeeMatt Type 1 · Member

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    Just been googling this, isn't it just for animals, is it safe for humans?
     
  9. Celeriac

    Celeriac Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Extra Virgin organic raw coconut oil. Amazing moisturiser ! Also, not using shower gels and shampoos with all those horrible parabens. Sanex shower gel and bath foam cleared up husband's eczema.
     
  10. sillysausage

    sillysausage Type 2 · Member

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    Itchy skin is a nightmare, unable to sleep made me desperately tired, depressed & grouchy !
    My GP prescribed Centreban, it's a moisturiser in a pump it softens the skin AND no itchy skin.... Yippee !
     
  11. Lisabette

    Lisabette · Newbie

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    I have not had a diabetes or pre-diabetes diagnosis, my fasting BG levels are always good. But my brother was diagnosed as T2 a year ago. I don't seem to handle carbs any more, and it's getting progressively worse. Sugary or starchy foods seem to shut down my digestion, and I get this itching all over my body, especially in the torso area. I was certain it was a wheat sensitivity, until a few days ago on Thanksgiving. I over ate, but didn't STUFF myself, just had much more carbs than normal, even though I thought I was not overdoing it. My skin was crawling that night and the next day, and I became super sensitized to any fabric that was scratchy. I'm starting to wonder if it has to do with insulin resistance.

    But since I am of normal weight and my fasting BG is good, no doctor has brought this up. I see a natureopath, mostly because I have such digestion issues. He thinks I have leaky gut, which may be true. But this past week I'm starting to suspect blood sugar issues. Having a candy bar makes my whole body feel like it's freaking out, I haven't had that issue in the past. I've cut way back on sugar and carbs, but have a hard time at holidays.

    What kind of a doctor should I see? Or is it important to even look for a specific diagnosis? My natureopath isn't really like a typical medical doctor, he takes a lot of tests and prescribes supplements. Anyway, I'm glad to have found this, it is confirmed my suspicion that itchy skin might be related to high glucose levels. A few days of light eating, mostly protein and veggies, and I felt fine again. (though skin is still a little irritable)

    My second question, does high glucose levels affect digestion?

    Thanks
     
  12. Pinkorchid

    Pinkorchid Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Mines itching inside the ears have had it for years long before diabetes can drive me mad at night wakes me up my doctor thinks it is dry eczema but reluctant to give me cortisone cream as she said it needs to be applied with a cotton bud and that is so easy to perforate the eardrum she just said to use medical quality olive oil in them doesn't stop the itching though
     
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    I'm due to go onto a pump in the near future and I do find I get itchy skin especially on arms and legs so I hope I gain better control and reduce the itching as you have found x
     
  14. DelboyinDorset

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    Yikes, having my first taste of it, all over, seems to move from area to area, tried moisturisers to no avail and have scratched raw parts in places :(

    Glucose levels are fairly well managed for the most part but I have noticed my Budesnorphine patches have been irritated under the patch for some weeks now and its like right now itch itch, scratch, new area itch itch
     
  15. Positivo

    Positivo Type 2 · Member

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  16. vix107

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    ive discovered I'm low on levels of vitamin b12 which has been causing my foot pain and most likely the itching, now on a course of injections for that too, I hope it works!!!
     
  17. Nuisance

    Nuisance Type 2 · Newbie

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    It's amazing how ignorant GPs are nowadays!!
     
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    Paulabetts Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    the sides of my feet get very itchy and it drives me mad!!! when i work I wear heavy type shoes that are not easy slip off types and trying to remove itching in thick soled leather shoes is no fun
     
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    Karenchq Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I itched like crazy on my elbows when I was first diagnosed (T1) and I thought perhaps it was an insulin reaction. Now that my bs has come down to more reasonable levels the itching and dry skin has become much less severe.


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  20. Annabel_Eve

    Annabel_Eve Type 1 · Member

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    Oh my goodness!! It all makes sense now. I too have developed really itchy skin over the past few weeks & thought it might be something to do with my diabetes, now I know it is. Phew, and to tell the truth my levels have been on the high side recently! :(
     
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