Question about Boils and Diabeties

By KarynCandy29 Latest Reply 2018-05-26 19:02:21 -0500
Started 2012-03-23 10:23:38 -0500

Hi Everyone,

I have a question..Do any of you suffer with boils..The reason I ask is a nurse told me that people who have boils a lot ,if they don't have Diabetes,,at some point it shows up..

Soon after I was born my Mom told me I developed boils all over my tummy and hiney. . from that point on I had them off and on through out my life…but in other places now..They have gotten better some what after I started on the medications for the Diabetes..Have you ever heard of this before that boils and Diabetes go hand in hand?
And could you please tell me if you had/have them..Thank you

62 replies

Ali77 2018-05-26 19:02:21 -0500 Report

In a way, they do go hand in hand. Boils grow when you're body's immune system is low or down. Diabetes increases that risk. I've been a Type1 Diabetic for 34 years, and just now started developing boils. There's several factors, as well as different types of boils, but yes Diabetes is definitely a factor. You'll need antibiotic pills.. Whatever you do, don't pop it! Hot rags and heating pads work great, antibiotic cream on the infected area, and a bandaid. Wash with antibiotic soap, or something homeopathic. Make sure all open wounds are cleaned and covered right away. Boils are bacteria, so they can spread.

mcs67 2014-09-07 12:35:22 -0500 Report

You can get some medicine in a tin called Prid. It works great. Put it on the sore and put a bandage on it so you won't get it on your clothes.

GabbyPA 2014-09-08 10:58:01 -0500 Report

This is very timely, I am getting another one. It's been almost 2 years since my episode. I guess I just have to face it, they are part of me now.

Signe M
Signe M 2013-12-29 23:02:22 -0600 Report

I just got two bad ones this summer under each arm in same spot and was diagnosed on Nov 29 2013

MrsCDogg 2012-03-29 14:20:08 -0500 Report

Yes I get them from time to time. Had one on my lower tummy several years ago that was horrible. I refused to go to the doctor with it and took care of it myself. I knew he would admit me to the hospital. I washed it out daily with some cleanser I got at the drugstore and went through tons of those huge gauze pads and tape. It did heal tho. Took it about 8 to 10 weeks of nasty and smelly drainage before it finally closed up for good. I have gotten them in other places too and they were far less nasty. It seems to be a trait in my family. My aunt (Mom's baby sister) formed the big nasty ones and so does her grandson. We are all diabetics too by the way. My Mom was, all her siblings, and all but one of my cousins from Mom's baby sister are. So, in the words of Sister Sledge, We are Family! Not a very good legacy but hey it's what we got…lol

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2012-03-26 14:38:35 -0500 Report

No, never had one, therefore I must not be diabetic! I am cured! Thank you Karyn!

GabbyPA 2012-03-26 10:35:07 -0500 Report

I think there is a very strong link in that a boil or infection will generally grow when there is high sugar in the blood. Similar to a yeast infection, that sugar feeds the infection.

My brother used to get them a lot as a truck driver sitting on his bum all the time. My mom also gets them. Both diabetic. A friend of mine had a boil grow so fast and deep that it sent him to the ER...where they found out he was diabetic.

I have been lucky so far, but I am sure my time will come. For now, I keep my skin dry, try to keep it clean and keep myself moving. If I sit too long, I can get the start of a bump, but with some TLC it will go away.

KarynCandy29 2012-03-27 10:04:10 -0500 Report

I think you may be right Gabby..will generally grow when there is high sugar in the blood
I know for me no matter if I move or don't I still get them..

msann 2012-03-25 23:16:18 -0500 Report

in the early stage of my type2 i got them under my arms, my diabetic educator told me to change deordorant,i did just a hint there now, wish you well

jayabee52 2012-03-26 00:18:34 -0500 Report

My dr at that time (teenage years) told me to change my soap. I also had to have my own towels and washcloths so the organism responsible for that did not spread to my siblings. I don't think it did.

Harlen 2012-03-23 19:45:43 -0500 Report

I get them from time to time but always in the same place ???

KarynCandy29 2012-03-25 05:49:19 -0500 Report

Thank for answering my post..I think it is common for them to be in the same place,mine for years have been …You can actually play Connect the dots (sores) on me..I can see a very faint line between the sores..

Armourer 2012-03-23 16:26:51 -0500 Report

I haven't had boils, but have had two bouts with carbunckels, which I thought were boils. Very yucky things. Took a long time to get rid of. Best to you!

KarynCandy29 2012-03-25 05:52:26 -0500 Report

Ouch,I once heard someone say carbunckels are worse then boils…yucky is right!!!
Thank you for replying to me post~!
Have great week!

jayabee52 2012-03-23 14:04:23 -0500 Report

Howdy Karyn!
I had not heard something like that nurse told you.

I had boils when I was a teenager and up through my 20s. In fact I got quite adept at discovering boils when they were just developing, and before they came to a head and I would forcefully rub them and they never developed more that that, then went away after 3 or 4 "treatments",

That was about 25 or 30 yrs before my diabetes (DM) developed, so I didn't put 2+2 together.

I could see how the infection which causes the boil might affect one's metabolic processes and might cause one to develop DM

I haven't had a boil now for about 25 yrs or so.

KarynCandy29 2012-03-25 06:07:58 -0500 Report

Hi James,

I do now as well know before they raise its ugly little head..that they are comming..
I think you were very lucky getting rid of the boils the way you did..
That's interesting that you have not had a boil for such a long time..maybe now mine will be a thing of the past..(That would be nice) :0)

jayabee52 2012-03-25 11:12:22 -0500 Report

it took vigilance for a number of years and the interval between attacks increased when I did that. I don't know that the underlying infection is gone away quite yet, but I hope it is. When I have attacks I just feel so DIRTY.

KarynCandy29 2012-03-25 14:54:59 -0500 Report


I know what you mean by feeling dirty..I know a lot who deal with boils and say that very same thing..
My doctor told me.. people with boils are otherwise healthy, and that boils are
related to immune deficiency, anaemia, diabetes or iron deficiency.
when I was born I was under weight at full-term..(4 lbs)
My mother was an alcohol and smoked heavily ( does not smoke now but still drinks now in her 80's) I do think her drinking and smoking has caused me to have the birth defects I have, as well as a weaken immune system…I feel that is why I had got boils soon after well as other things along the way that has caused me today to have diabetes..

Caroltoo 2012-03-25 15:00:52 -0500 Report

This is off topic but relates to this and some other postings you have made: have you read up on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome?

Caroltoo 2012-03-25 17:33:52 -0500 Report

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is a series of changes that we see in babies born to mom's who use alcohol while pregnant. You just mentioned your mom drank while you were in the womb. Low birth rate is one of the effects…so are some of the other things such as learning disabilities that you mentioned in other posts.

locarbarbie 2012-03-23 13:04:30 -0500 Report

Yes, I have heard that also. Looking back, prior to being diagnosed, I did have a boil in my armpit area that came and went for a year or two before being diagnosed. I believe there are several things that were due to my being diabetic without knowing it. Loss of almost all the hair on my legs (actually the one bonus for me!!), unbelieveable dental problems, I suspect a bit of hearing loss, in addition to the most obvious.

KarynCandy29 2012-03-25 08:28:34 -0500 Report

Hair lose on the legs sure could be a plus! I wonder if it's a common thing with Diabetes..Did you ever ask your doctor about this ? I too have had unbelieveable dental problems..I do know hearing loss can be a part of this DD …

locarbarbie 2012-03-25 10:33:04 -0500 Report

My dr did not seem to think it was diabetic related but I believe it is…it makes sense, less circuation-less hair. I am not one to put all my faith in a Drs opinion.

Caroltoo 2012-03-25 08:38:47 -0500 Report

It's a plus when it starts, but when you realize it shows up there because there is less hair on your legs. Then you will eventually realize that the same thing is also happening on your head, it's just not as noticable at first, then it becomes a sad thing.

locarbarbie 2012-03-25 15:33:27 -0500 Report

I have experienced this also…not as severe now but the hair on my head is much more sparse and limp than it used to be. Also…My eyelashes used to be quite long, they would almost touch my eyebrows…and about 2-3 years ago, I kept buying one mascara after the other thinking there was something wrong with them. Only to realize, I barely have any eyelashes anymore. They are short and sparse. My Dr. attributes this to aging, I am only 55. I chalk it up to diabetes.

Caroltoo 2012-03-25 15:41:02 -0500 Report

One of the visual symptoms of potential diabetes is when the outer 1/2 of your eyebrows just "go away". Have all the issues you mentioned, that's why I'm taking extra B vitamins and hoping for the best. External stimulants haven't helped much and what hair I have is in excellent condition. My issue is lack of quantity.

Cavie, in another discussion, linked hers to a side effect of taking Actos. I have taken it and the time frame fits; have you ever used it?

GabbyPA 2012-03-26 10:30:09 -0500 Report

I have a friend who is not diabetic, but suffers similar hair issues and she thinks it is related to her thyroid problems. Many of us also have thyroid issues and I wonder if it is a combination thing?

Caroltoo 2012-03-26 12:35:27 -0500 Report

Could be. I've often wondered about my thyroid, though my doc says it's fine. The comment I made though about the eyebrows is one I've seen specifically connected to some, not all, diabetics.

jayabee52 2012-03-25 17:52:05 -0500 Report

what is wrong with me? (I know, I've left my self open for abuse when I ask it that way, LoL! ) My eyebrows are all there and are quite bushy.

jigsaw 2012-03-25 20:51:26 -0500 Report

The inside of my eyebrows are bushy, but the outer 1/2 seems to be disappearing! Whatta ya say James, could you spare a few strands!!!

jayabee52 2012-03-25 20:38:36 -0500 Report

actually I get hairs in my field of vision and when that happens I gotta shave off the wild straggler hairs.

Caroltoo 2012-03-25 17:04:18 -0500 Report

Yes, the eyebrow is associated with D. The general hair thining is associated with D and with Actos.

KarynCandy29 2012-03-25 14:59:43 -0500 Report

OH! well that's not good at all..maybe I should start saving the hair that falls out now(on my head)and start putting a wig together for later on…(just a thought);0)

Caroltoo 2012-03-25 15:06:59 -0500 Report

Another thought, increase your B vitamins like we've been talking about and stop it from happening (or at least slow it way down).

locarbarbie 2012-03-25 15:39:49 -0500 Report

I actually plan to make a trip to the health food store tomorrow. I was also looking at the Dr Mercola antioxidants, I think Astaxanthan, sounds great but his prices are really high.

Caroltoo 2012-03-25 15:45:13 -0500 Report

Let us know how it works! That's one I haven't tried though I did consider the antioxidant complex he had on sale recently. Sale ended before I made up my mind about the price.

locarbarbie 2012-03-25 16:49:51 -0500 Report

I checked your previous posts to make sure I get the B vit correctly. I will look for B1, benfotiamine…B3, non-flushing version…B6/Biotin. I also want to take B12, but I have read that taking it orally may not be the best way because most is just lost through the urine. So…what strength or doseages should I look for in each?

Caroltoo 2012-03-25 17:09:26 -0500 Report

The Neuro-Vascular formulation that I take has 100 mg of B6, 500mcg of B12, 600 mg of alpha lipoic acid, 600 mg of Benfotiamine. It is from Julian Whittaker's website. In addition I take a B complex and a multivitamin, so the N-V formula is not the only source. I also take 1,000 mg Niacin (B3) per my doc's orders and 5,000 mgc Biotin (B7) to cover loss due to taking alpha lipoic acid. These are separate supplements. My gluten intolerance prohits full utiliztion of the vitamins that I take, so I do take more than I may need and assume some loss. I'd prefer that to be deficient in something my body needs for health.

Caroltoo 2012-03-25 17:05:11 -0500 Report

OK. I just did the list for Young1s on another post, so I'll see if I can find it and copy it here.

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