By lisaw Latest Reply 2009-09-10 16:52:32 -0500
Started 2009-09-08 11:35:52 -0500

I have had 5 very large painful boils in the last couple of months.I am wondering if this is common with diabetics and what causes them. Also how to make them less painful and go away quicker

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Sally 2009-09-10 16:52:32 -0500 Report

My brother gets boils on his arms quite often. The only advice his dr gave him was to wash often (when you don't have boils) with an antibacterial soap, do not apply lotions in that area. He also said to use a a cream that you can buy over the counter at any pharmacy or walmart called Boil-ese. It is supposed to shorten the duration and take away the pain. Hot bathes will help it "pop". But don't try to lance it yourself. I had one several years ago, and I found that swimming helped. I am supposing it was the chlorine that dried it up. If you are running a fever with it or have any other symptoms of infection go to your doc. My brothers gets infected and he has to have antibiotics with it. He is a type2 as well. Hope this helps.

lisaw 2009-09-08 13:20:35 -0500 Report

My numbers do go up and down a bit more lately . They always come up on my side and all of them within a half an inch from each other. I have asked the Dr and all he ever tells me is diabetes causes everything, Boils, weight gain, fatigue, neuropathy etc. I wish I could afford a new Dr but I cant so I just put up with him.

kdroberts 2009-09-08 13:50:23 -0500 Report

What does "up and down" mean? Everyones will go up and down, even non-diabetics. It's the details that are important.

lisaw 2009-09-08 15:45:17 -0500 Report

sometimes it will be around 110 and then it shoots up to 200 and above. It has been as much as 296 I have told the doctor and asked him to change my meds Metformin and glipizide and he ignores me.

GabbyPA 2009-09-08 11:57:44 -0500 Report

My brother suffered with boils very badly. He was not in good control and he was a truck driver so he sat a lot as well. Both of those factors made it rough on him. My mom gets them sometimes also, but not nearly so badly and her control is great, so there is a connection to the severity if you are prone to get them in the first place.

kdroberts 2009-09-08 11:50:42 -0500 Report

Uncontrolled blood sugar is the biggest factor in diabetics. Unfortunately this is how most of the amputations in diabetics start off. How is your blood sugar control in general? It could be the blood sugar is causing the boil but it is quite probable that blood sugar is causing them to be worse and last longer.