Diabetes and boils?

By restlessdiabetic Latest Reply 2012-10-24 14:56:45 -0500
Started 2012-10-20 07:13:44 -0500

I tried to start a new discussion but got kicked off and now I can't delete it. So I decided to start this discussion again haha :).

Ok does anyone know if there are any connections between having diabetes and getting boils? I'm asking because a friend of mine has just been diagnosed with diabetes and she just got her first boil ever. I have also encountered the same thing and I haven't ever gotten a boil before so the only logical explanation is the diabetes.
Any input on whether there is a link between the two or is it just coincidental? Hope you are all doing well :)

9 replies

GabbyPA 2012-10-24 14:54:12 -0500 Report

Just like you, this year has given me my first ever boil. My mom gets them and so did my brother, both diabetics. So, I am not sure if it is in my genes, or in my sugar. Most likely it has been both. They are nasty and a pain in the "where ever you get yours"

Fortunately, my hubby helped me with mine and keeping me sugar levels in a better place eliminated the bugger as well. Also, I rub coconut oil topically on it, to keep the antibacterial thing going after it started to reduce in size.

Since they tend to appear in warmer moist areas of our bodies, keeping that area clean and dry is important too.

MrsCDogg 2012-10-24 05:29:54 -0500 Report

Yes. I do believe that there is a link. I know of several diabetics who suffer from this. I have one friend who is diabetic and she uses Hibiclense to shower with. It is an antiseptic soap used in hospitals. I have had some pretty painful boils and one in particular turned into a huge abcess which took about 8 weeks to heal. I had an aunt who really had a problem with boils. Also a cousin who has them. Not sure why diabetics are more prone to them but we are.

GabbyPA 2012-10-24 14:56:45 -0500 Report

Sugar feeds infections. It is a tenancy for internal infections to feed on the sweetness of our glucose levels. That is why better control can help with them. My brother used to get them a lot because he drove a truck for hours a day. Sitting and keeping warm and his diabetes was rarely in control.

restlessdiabetic 2012-10-22 05:27:35 -0500 Report

Thank u for the links. I currently have my first ever and don't know what to do. It's so painful n uncomfortable :(. Hope it goes away soon!!

jayabee52 2012-10-22 15:30:03 -0500 Report

when I way younger it really did hurt. After I had a few and could determine a new one starting (looking like an inflamed pimple), I was able to rub it hard repeatedly and it would eventually go away. I have however not have had one for years now.

jayabee52 2012-10-20 10:33:04 -0500 Report

I had boils when I was a "tweenager" up until I was in my early 20s, long before I was Dx'd with DM.

However not wanting to rely solely on my experience I Googled the term boils and found the article on MedicineNet.

What causes Boils to form? : http://www.medicinenet.com/boils/page2.htm#wh...

Who is most likely to develop a boil?
http://www.medicinenet.com/boils/page2.htm#wh... so unfortunately for those of us who have DM, the answer is "yes".

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