Does itching go along w/ diabetes?

By Turtle Latest Reply 2009-10-31 00:19:51 -0500
Started 2009-09-16 02:32:09 -0500

I take my allergy pills but especially at night when I am going to bed and trying to fall asleep, my face ears and nose itch so bad I just cannot stand it.

30 replies

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-10-31 00:19:51 -0500 Report

I developed constant hives about 20 or 30 years ago, when I was working with, and setting right beside, one of the most hateful RN's it was ever in my job to work with. She did not like the fan on at the nurses' station, even if she had to turn it off as she came thru, then went on down the hall! I was the one that had to just set in that close cubicle and transcribe Drs' orders. I even bought my own SMALL fan—-the same happened.

Well, all through the years since, I guess my body has reacted to any stress, with hives, sometimes in the inside of my elbows, any place that is warm—when I had foot surgery and had a brace on my right leg, my whole leg broke out in very bad hives—ITCH_—-the med the Dr gave me was Atarax—and I swear by it, have to take 4 pills a day (25 mg) or I break out again—it spreads if I don't get right on it!

The one time it didn't help was right after my kidney removal, there was a large area of fine rash over the left rib cage and back, that itched——nothing helped but it finally faded away on its own——I THINK that it was just the poisin from my cancer etc, working out, the kidney was already rotten—dried up——so think that it had to go somewhere—-but in 3 weeks it was gone.

Dry skin causes one to itch too—I have used Neutrogenia lotion, or Vaseline Intensive Care lotion. Or I have also used diluted vinegar water—1 Tbls to 8 oz water—

Benadryl is supposed to help too, but think Zyrtec was used before, but the Atarax is my daily friend now.
Best Wishes, Pat R

London 2009-10-28 22:18:36 -0500 Report

I am thinking the same thing. I broke out in hives so bad I was admitted and that is when I found out I had T1.

lipsie 2009-10-15 09:09:39 -0500 Report

I can understand how stressful this must be. I found out after about 32 years of my life that I was suddenly severely allergic to outdoor mold, numerous trees, different grass, dust pollens, numerous things so having a appointment with a allergist is not a bad idea, ya never know. I certainly could not hurt! Good luck sweets! Hugs! Sheila

lstewart51 2009-10-15 07:45:47 -0500 Report

I too have itching just found relief with evening primrose oil only come in capsules just poke hole and rub on.It' a natual anti-inflamatory woks great.

GinaG 2009-09-27 02:00:02 -0500 Report

Wow! This was interesting! I too suffer from itchy feet mostly at night I could just scratch the skin right off while I am laying down! I also recently kept having my husband check to see if anything was on my back because it itched sooo bad!!!!!!! Thought it was chlorine from my water classes but now I am wondering…thanks.

nana313 2009-10-01 19:03:47 -0500 Report

i use alveeno stress bath and lotion…also i use hemmrioids tucks pads or cream it really works i read in a home remadey book ..

Christa S
Christa S 2009-09-26 20:22:54 -0500 Report

I have itching with my feel and my hands at times and i was told to take and allergy medicine to help with the itching. My doctor told me that the itching can have to do with diabetes since diabetes affect the organs and the biggest organ we have is our skin.

mamaoak 2009-09-26 19:52:37 -0500 Report

Hi iget the iching as well i call it the hebegeebees i find the shower and pool do it. so i use oil of olay ultra moistue with sheabutter it helps in the shower. and aveeno daily mosturizing lotion as well. hope this helps.

katt61569 2009-09-22 18:41:31 -0500 Report

I have noticed that i too itch but mainly on my back you know the places you can never reach have even gone as far as waking my daughter up at 3 am to put lotion on it so i could sleep.

reesik1 2009-09-26 12:25:11 -0500 Report

My back would itch in places I couldn't reach. Then I checked my blood sugar it was high. I am trying to keep my blood sugar under better control,but now the top of my thighs itch.

Anne S.
Anne S. 2009-10-01 22:02:17 -0500 Report

That's my problem area!! My daughter bought me a long wand that I can fill with lotion and roll on my back.
Sort of helps…

Anonymous 2009-09-19 22:15:40 -0500 Report

If the itching is just at night when you lay your head on your pillow I'd try a new hypoallergenic pillow. Dust mites can get into bedding. Also try using unscented laundry detergent and softeners to wash your pillow cases. I developed bad sinus headaches from allergies in linens until I changed laundry detergent to unscented. I've always had allergies and used the same detergent for years without problems, but then developed those headaches. Since I switched to unscented - no more headaches. Just a thought…

Turtle 2009-09-22 16:21:33 -0500 Report

Thank you…I itch all day and half the night. I think I need to go to an allergy doc. to get to the bottom of this.

Turtle 2009-09-19 21:46:20 -0500 Report

Thank you everyone who has replied. I am still taking the benedryl. And I still itch. My bg has been up and down with some real highs for me cuz I am finally eating again. I get soooo hungry! I do not want to gain that weight back but I DO have to eat.

Peetie 2009-10-28 21:33:14 -0500 Report

Hey turtle,
Ask your doctor to prescribe atarax it is a great remedy for itching anywhere. I had a horrible bout of itching that woke me very early this morning. To top it off I had foot surgery and developed athletes foot and dermatitis. My Foot doctor prescribed 2 meds. One is a salve and one a gel. they hve to be mixed togethr and applied all over my foot. It all is helping me tremendously. I had alot of foot, arm, knee itching b4 surgery. Good to know it can b frm my Part 2 diabetes. Thanks everyone.

lipsie 2009-10-30 23:58:37 -0500 Report

Yeah I have taken Atarax before for allergies…for itching, works well, it's like a antihistamine basically. Hugs! Sheila

Sally 2009-09-18 08:12:11 -0500 Report

I remember intense itching before I was diagnosed. Even to the point of taking my shoes off in a public place and scratching my feet. My sugars are controlled now, but I do still get those maddening bouts of itching from time to time. Mine are mostly on my feet and around my knees. I think it is just part of being diabetic, even when your sugars are under control. I use baby oil in my bathwater, and then I apply some more when I get out, but before I dry off, then lots of lotion, especially on the problem areas.

Charlotte55 2009-09-26 11:50:41 -0500 Report

My feet have itched for years. I always thought it was an allergic reaction to certain foods but maybe it wasn't. Now that I've been diagnosed and am watching my diet, I hardly itch at all. I can eat foods that I couldn't without Benadryl and am having no side effects. Citrus fruits and tomatoes were always my worst offenders but now they don't bother me at all.

Turtle 2009-09-17 13:34:16 -0500 Report

I had to take 50mg. of benadryl last night about 8:30 and I finally fell asleep and woke up at 11:00 pm and had to take another 50mg. That is lots of benadryl I think. I have taken 25 mg today because I do not want to sleep all day but it has not helped.

2009-09-16 18:41:24 -0500 Report

Turtle, I use Neutrogena on my face and it works for me really well. My forehead dries out like crazy but a thin layer before I sleep works really well.

Alicia039 2009-09-16 22:41:56 -0500 Report

I too have the crazy itching. I slather on lotion and when it gets really bad I take benadryl. I think it just knocks me out so I don't notice the itching anymore lol. Of course it really doesn't help that I have psoriasis :(

Avera 2009-09-16 17:57:50 -0500 Report


The American Diabetes Association has a very good web page about skin conditions one can get when they have diabetes. It even gives some suggestions on what to do about itching. Here is the link. Hope this helps you.


AGreen 2009-09-26 18:09:00 -0500 Report

Thank you for the great info, it was very helpful,re itching. I was diagnosed with Type 2, 5/09. Previously had bad foot itching bout, had to cancel plane trip. Was unaware of Diabetes at the time,& fam mmbr told me to rub vicks on my feet, had only 2 more itching bouts, also mentholatum,which I had on hand. Still think with the info, you gave us,will take better care of myself. Thank you lots. A

Harlen 2009-09-16 13:06:55 -0500 Report

Only when I go low 70\65\60\55itch like a man on a fuzzy tree

Turtle 2009-09-16 14:37:19 -0500 Report

haha you are funny. I do not go that low but I cannot stop the itching even today. I got 1 hr. sleep last night…not good.