By DawnHeather Latest Reply 2014-03-31 18:22:57 -0500
Started 2014-03-17 23:07:01 -0500

Bare with me if I'm doing this wrong, this is my first discussion post.
Does anyone else suffer from extreme itching? I can put lotion and creams on till the cows come home but I itch ALL the time.. Does anyone else suffer from this and what have you used to help combat it? My Doctor is pretty much useless and just blames everything on my out of control BG numbers…

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Spottsmom 2014-03-31 18:22:57 -0500 Report

I have been battling this recently well for the last 2 months My one leg itched SO bad no matter how much i washed or say in tub that i literally scratched a wound on it it was left open and oozing which scared me cause i had a friend he done this and ended up with infection and had to have skin graphs and after that failed he lost one leg and then the next. Right now it is healing a lot better BUT it still itches and i know it is due to my sugar and poor diet because when i am working to control my sugar the itching slows a LOT among other issues like neuropathy gets better etc.
However i suck at controlling it and so i put myself into this but when i am semi controlled he itching is a LOT less.
Also on the doctor topic i had two doctors who were like yours one screamed in my face and ran his fingers over my bra and said it was sexy i left in tears i now have a Wonderful doctor So please check around and find one you can work with and that respects you. I would also in that doctors case get a copy of your records for the last year (it should be free) and check for any discrepancies i found MANY in the last two doctors records.

Good Luck

jayabee52 2014-03-18 14:01:38 -0500 Report

Howdy Dawn

According to the ADA your Dr could be correct. (I suspect you didn't want to hear that) According to an article on their site:
Localized itching is often caused by diabetes. It can be caused by a yeast infection, dry skin, or poor circulation. When poor circulationthe flow of blood through the body's blood vessels and heart.X is the cause of itching, the itchiest areas may be the lower parts of the legs.

You may be able to treat itching yourself. Limit how often you bathe, particularly when the humidity is low. Use mild soap with moisturizer and apply skin cream after bathing." There are other signifigant information in that article which can be viewed here ~

If your Blood Glucose (BG) numbers are out of control, what are you trying to do to manage them? That might be a good first step.

God's best to you and yours

James Baker

DawnHeather 2014-03-18 22:31:53 -0500 Report

Thanks for the reply James, I am just fed up with my Dr. at the moment(I emailed him a question and instead of being supportive or informative, I just recieved a NO). My itching isn't localized. It literally feels like my skin is crawling…

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-03-18 09:26:14 -0500 Report

You may need to see a dermatologist and an allergist. You could be having an allergic reaction to something. I have had problems with itching in the past and the dermatologist told me to use one brand of a detergent and stop switching. I use one brand of soap and detergent and softener. I have learned that the Bath and Body works liquid shower gel does not cause me to itch because it washes off your body and does not leave residue. Some soaps leave residue which can cause itching. If you live in the northern states dry skin can be a problem during the winter months. Staying hydrated helps.

DawnHeather 2014-03-18 22:36:01 -0500 Report

Joyce, I have been using free and clear detergent for years. Is there a specific Bath and Body works shower gel? Does it matter if it's scented? I

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-03-19 11:34:09 -0500 Report

No I use any fragrance.I like. I really don't know if they have unscented. You can look on their website and find out. For some reason it doesn't cause me to scratch. I also use pure shea butter. I don't buy shea butter that has been commercialized. I have also tried Gold Bond medicated powder but that caused my skin to feel like its burning. If it feels like your skin is crawling I would definitely talk to a dermatologist and a therapist. Sometimes itching can be a psychological problem you may not be aware of.

Have you tried Aveno Bath? I used that and it did wonders for me.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-03-19 04:30:49 -0500 Report

I had to see a dermatologist, she called me in some prescriptions and told me to use mineral oil as a lotion after bath and to use bath soap with out perfumes in it so I changed to Ivory soap. I see you already use clear and free detergent. Talk to your doctor and make sure it's not a reaction to one of your meds. and if it gets worse see a dermatologist like Just Joyce said. I hope this helps.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-03-19 11:35:12 -0500 Report

Ivory soap dries my skin out really bad. I have put mineral oil in lotion. it helps with moisturizing but I found it is too heavy to use in the summer.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-03-19 15:26:50 -0500 Report

Thank you for this info, summer will be coming up and I will watch out for mineral oil getting to heavy. Thank You, You are the best.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-03-19 20:10:48 -0500 Report

Did you know that Johnson & Johnson makes a light baby oil. You can add that to unscented lotion and they might still make the baby lotion in mousse form. I loved it. I walked around smelling like a baby and the lavender scented version keeps you relaxed.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-03-20 06:42:08 -0500 Report

Thanks for the idea, I also like lavender but I will have to ask my dermatologist about it. See has said noting scented. Maybe it will be ok since it is mild enough for baby oil.

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