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Does Diabetes make you itchy ?

Discussion in 'Type 2 Diabetes' started by eddie1968, Dec 3, 2014.

  1. eddie1968

    eddie1968 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Just wondering if anyone has noticed feeling more itchy (especially in the lower limbs) when their BGs are high. I know the weather and going from hot to cold conditions is probably a factor too at this time of year. Well I'm away to moisturise and hope for some feedback. Ta
     
  2. Fallgal

    Fallgal Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Before I was diagnosed I used to get quite itchy all over. Since reducing my carbs and going on Metformin, it has *greatly* reduced. If I overdo my carbs for a couple days, I feel that familiar itch come back!
     
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  3. Lamont D

    Lamont D Reactive hypoglycemia · Master

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    It is the fluctuation of high BSLs that give you the itch. Sometimes nothing will stop it. I have antihystermines to help me sleep. I use ice cubes on my arms to get relief!
     
  4. volorg

    volorg Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    100% yes - itchy skin and a higher proportion of cramps are my rewards for high sugar. I really notice an improvement when my BS are well controlled. Anti-histamines sound like a good idea in the meantime...
     
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    leeemerick Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I'm getting itchy just thinking about it lol.
    I find when my bgs rise rapidly I get itchy
     
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    janetrm Type 1 · Member

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    I get urticaria but not always when levels are high. Sometimes it is being too warm that causes it. For those who get night cramps , especially in the legs, a strange but effective remedy is to put a bar of soap (not Dove or other facial soaps but normal soap) in your bed. It actually works, as several of my friends have found. I have no idea how it works but it certainly does.
     
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    poshtotty Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Yes! Before going LCHF I regularly had itchy shins and itchy earllobes......!!o_O It drove me mad but I've been free of all itchiness for months now and am convinced its since I changed my diet and in so doing, lowered my bs.
     
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  8. eddie1968

    eddie1968 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Well troops in the war against diabetes a big thank you for your replies so far, getting some great feedback. Again ta
    EDDIE
     
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  9. catherinecherub

    catherinecherub · Guest

    Hi @eddie1968
    We tend to think of kidneys, heart, liver, lungs as organs but skin is actually the biggest organ of the body and blood sugar levels will affect it.
     
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  10. eddie1968

    eddie1968 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Probably our most forgotten organ CC.
     
  11. Robbity

    Robbity Type 2 · Expert

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    Well I can't say definitely that my diabetes makes me itchy but something does...

    For the last few years (prior to being diabetic I've occasionally had terrible itching in my ears (feels as if something creepy crawly is in there - when I mentioned this to my gp he seemed to think I meant there were actually things creeping around in them and more or less said I was talking nonsense!)

    But since I've had diabetes, I've also had longish spells of more or less permanent itching across the small of my back. I use Eurax cream for this and it generally keeps it under reasonable control.

    Robbity

    PS Leg cramps can be caused by lack of potassium, and I used to get this a lot years ago when on diuretics. My cure was to eat bananas, but can't really do that now if I get cramps, so my husband recommended his LO Salt salt which contains potassium.
     
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  12. eddie1968

    eddie1968 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    True Robbity, I got put on Frusemide years ago and they depleted my potassium levels and had cramps so bad I wished I had died the pain was so bad. Now on potassium-sparing diuretics.
     
  13. Robbity

    Robbity Type 2 · Expert

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    I had a short spell during the summer when I got cramps overnight that were that bad too - worst I've ever had - but they suddenly stopped again, and I've been using a bit of the Lo salt occasionally ever since... just in case. So you have my sympathy!

    Re frusemide, I know it's not really funny but I first knew of it as a medicine to relieve fluid build up due to serious heart conditions (MVD) in one of my dogs, then my elderly dad had to start taking this same doggy medicine too for his swollen legs, and that coincidence did amuse me in a peverse sort of way. Evil though I knew it was.

    Robbity
     
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    brenda walker Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I find a soak in a bath with baby oil helps all over, particularly before bed, and a pillow between my knees because they sure can burn. I also use double base for very dry skin at other times, it's better than itching.
     
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  15. eddie1968

    eddie1968 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I also think dehydration and alcohol contribute to dry skin too. Not touched booze since diagnosis in 2010, partly due to beer being loaded with sugar and as an insulin user I didn't want any hypo awareness compromised.
     
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    < sharon> Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    In a word yes , it drives me nuts, currently taking anti histamines which help a lot.. When i asked the doctor why i was itching she said i have no idea , and prescribed me antihistamines , but i have noticed that higher blood sugar levels cause me to itch .
     
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  17. Macular1

    Macular1 Type 2 · Member

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    Severe Itching in the cease of the groin.

    Becomes apparent after my evening (main meal of the day) and again in my sleep when I overheat. I'm told it's a form of thrush as my body is sweating out excess insulin?

    Doc prescribed Canestan which does help but only for a few days then the cycle repeats.

    I find wearing shorts and no underwear around the house helps by keeping the effected area cooler.

    Waiting on results of my second HBa1c to see how things are progressing was 85mmol in January when first diagnosed type 2.
     
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    brenda walker Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    thrush is common and responds well to caneston, but when apparently gone keep use moisturizer, it performs a barrier and helps to keep it away, it is best to use perfume free or sensetive
     
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    Macular1 Type 2 · Member

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    Thanks for that tip, will pick some up today.
     
  20. SuzyMo

    SuzyMo Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I had an itchy patch on my back for ages. Couldn't work out why. It went away when I started Metformin.
     
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