Dry skin- Diabetes makes this worse? Or is this something else?

Go Back   The Diabetes Forum Support Community For Diabetics Online > Diabetes Forum Community > Diabetes Symptoms

Diabetes Symptoms Are you worried you are a diabetic? Are you diabetic and concerned about any new or different symptoms? Are you looking for a diabetes test? Please feel free to post your questions, concerns or related information in our Diabetes Symptoms section. See if any other members are going through the same issues or have already been through them and can offer you some valuable experience and advice.


Like Tree4Likes

Dry skin- Diabetes makes this worse? Or is this something else?


Closed Thread
 
Shared Thread Thread Tools
Old 01-28-2015, 23:58   #1
Active Member
 
Peaceful75's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Posts: 76

Member Type
Type 2
Diagnosed in 2014

55 likes received
9 likes given
Question Dry skin- Diabetes makes this worse? Or is this something else?

Hello Everyone,

I have read that Diabetics often have very dry skin, especially hands and feet. Now, this is not very new to me as I have already dealt with the wonders of Psoriasis for many years (runs in my family, my Sister and my Dad have it too). I always live with many different types of lotion, coconut oil, cocoa butter, etc, always trying to moisturize as much as I can. A couple of times very recently, a strange thing has happened and I'm trying to figure out if this is specifically a Diabetes thing or not. At work, my department is unfortunately in a very cold and drafty area. Everyone complains, I have even spoken with our HR Department, etc, but it is what it is. During the winter months, obviously, it gets very cold in there. I find that even if I don't feel cold as to where I need to put on a sweater, my feet are often freezing cold, and stay that way all day. This seems to happen even when I'm wearing winter boots. They are not numb, but that ultra cold feeling like when you were a kid playing out in the snow for a few hours. Like two blocks of ice inside my shoes. This made me very nervous at first, as I know Diabetes can affect circulation. However, my doctor did a test, and told me my arteries are good, and, the same thing does not keep up once I'm out of the office and back home. They may remain cold feeling in the car ride, but then once I'm home, I get that "thawing out after playing in the snow" feeling. That's ok.... My problem is that once that is happening, both my feet are ending up SUPER itchy! I'm talking drive-me-crazy itchy, tops, bottoms, and everything in between. The first time, I freaked a little thinking I was having an allergic reaction to something or skin reaction from laundry detergent, etc. After a few minutes that subsides, but I can't be sitting rubbing my feet like a crazy person, and I also don't want to risk injuring the skin as I have learned how important foot-health is as well. I've tried lotion and I've tried cornstarch powder as it happened, but neither seemed to put and end to it. I actually went and bought this little microwaveable heating pad to drop on the floor at my desk and put my feet on if I have to. I'm thinking this is directly related to the several hours of coldness my feet are enduring. Am I crazy, or has anyone else out there experienced such a thing? Sorry for this rambling post, but I always try to give as much info as I can when I have a crazy question


__________________
Diagnosed with Diabetes on 12/23/14
Confirmed Type 2 on 1/2/15
Still learning, any advice will be appreciated!
Peaceful75 is offline  
Old 01-29-2015, 00:13   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 24,394

Member Type
Type 2
Diagnosed in 2009

23929 likes received
32255 likes given
Default

Pretty sure it isn't related to your diabetes. Go to Google & just enter this phrase: feet get itchy when warming up. You'll get lots of hits, and none of them mention diabetes. It does relate to circulation, but not as regards diabetes. Google chilblains too, and you'll find a more extreme example of this.




macksvicky likes this.
Shanny is offline  
Old 01-29-2015, 00:19   #3
Senior Member
 
Tea Rose's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Colorado
Posts: 148

Member Type
Type 2
Diagnosed in 2015

204 likes received
558 likes given
Default

Hi there Peaceful! I think we were diagnosed and confirmed around the same time period. Sorry to have this in common, but happy to meet ya!

Maybe it is circulation related? I'm not a doctor but if your feet are that cold, it seems that it might be your body is having a hard time circulating to your feet. Maybe you should get up and walk around every hour or so? I would talk to my dr. about it for sure.

Tea Rose is offline  
 
Old 01-29-2015, 10:41   #4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Massachusetts, USA
Posts: 220

Member Type
Type 2
Diagnosed in 2014

490 likes received
9 likes given
Default

I have also had various skin complaints my whole life, including really bad eczema as a child. One of my main memories of "flare" triggers is hot/cold/hot/cold. Coming in from sledding, my eczema would get bright red and really itchy as it warmed up. Even now as an adult, walking more in the cold winter air (because I need the exercise), I'm noticing my skin is worse as the temperature changes.

Not sure that's what you're experiencing... but there is a lot of constriction of blood vessels in cold skin, and dilation in warm. I've always imagined that's what triggers the itchy, rashy feeling.

__________________
Diagnosed T2 Dec. 2014
December 2014 A1c 7.0
March 2015 A1c 5.5 LDL 150
June 2015 A1c 5.3 LDL 120
January 2016 A1c 6.0 LDL 104
mbc1963 is offline  
Old 01-29-2015, 10:50   #5
Active Member
 
Peaceful75's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Posts: 76

Member Type
Type 2
Diagnosed in 2014

55 likes received
9 likes given
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mbc1963 View Post
Not sure that's what you're experiencing... but there is a lot of constriction of blood vessels in cold skin, and dilation in warm. I've always imagined that's what triggers the itchy, rashy feeling.
Thanks everyone! It's just uncomfortable, especially feeling cold like that all day... but again, it only happens at work. I will read google, and try to get up more as well. A desk job is tough that way, because if you're not at your desk, you're not working! It's kind of a catch-22.. Nice to meet you too, Tea Rose, what's your story? It's tough being newbies as we are, but at least we have all these fine people here

Tea Rose likes this.
__________________
Diagnosed with Diabetes on 12/23/14
Confirmed Type 2 on 1/2/15
Still learning, any advice will be appreciated!
Peaceful75 is offline  
Old 01-29-2015, 17:09   #6
Senior Member
 
silvertiger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Saskatchewan, Canada
Posts: 3,861

Member Type
Type Pre
Diagnosed in 2011

4282 likes received
5061 likes given
Default

There are some USB powered warm slippers available online. That might help you, or just put a heating pad down by your feet at work. I have a little heater under my desk for days when the office heat isn't doing it. (We have water heated radiators that are slow to respond to cold snaps.) As always, if you have issues feeling heat in your feet, be very careful applying heat to them.

Tea Rose likes this.
__________________

View silvertiger's full Diabetes Forum profile here.
silvertiger is offline  
Old 01-29-2015, 17:24   #7
Active Member
 
Peaceful75's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Posts: 76

Member Type
Type 2
Diagnosed in 2014

55 likes received
9 likes given
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by silvertiger View Post
There are some USB powered warm slippers available online. That might help you, or just put a heating pad down by your feet at work. I have a little heater under my desk for days when the office heat isn't doing it. (We have water heated radiators that are slow to respond to cold snaps.) As always, if you have issues feeling heat in your feet, be very careful applying heat to them.
Good info Tiger, thank you. As far as I know I'm not having any feeling issues but yes, I will be cautious with heat. I'm not allowed to plug anything in, but I bought a microwaveable heating pad. I have yet to use it, but I may try it soon. Today is not as bad, but our weather is better today. This is why I'm inclined to believe this is a climate issue rather than circulatory. I'm seeing my Endo Tuesdsy, so I'll bring all this up to him, anyway

Tea Rose likes this.
__________________
Diagnosed with Diabetes on 12/23/14
Confirmed Type 2 on 1/2/15
Still learning, any advice will be appreciated!
Peaceful75 is offline  
Old 01-30-2015, 05:01   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Missouri, USA
Posts: 837

Member Type
Type 2
Diagnosed in 1986

834 likes received
1807 likes given
Default

I have a similar problem that when the temperature is low, my extremities get cold and stay cold. And, as you described, they itch when they warm up. I get relief with Avon Skin So Soft or with Aquafor. For my hands, warm water works first and best, then the lotion. I have always equated this with my thyroid problem, not diabetes.

__________________
A1c 12/30/12 6.0
A1c 6/24/13 5.5 !!
A1c 6/18/15 6.0
A1C 2/25/16 5.8

Meds: Metformin 1000mm/2 times a day
71 years old
Other meds: synthroid (no thyroid due to cancer); verapamil, losartan, water pill, standard eye drops for glaucoma.
JT Reagan is offline  
Old 01-30-2015, 10:52   #9
Active Member
 
Peaceful75's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Posts: 76

Member Type
Type 2
Diagnosed in 2014

55 likes received
9 likes given
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by JT Reagan View Post
I have a similar problem that when the temperature is low, my extremities get cold and stay cold. And, as you described, they itch when they warm up. I get relief with Avon Skin So Soft or with Aquafor. For my hands, warm water works first and best, then the lotion. I have always equated this with my thyroid problem, not diabetes.
Hmm, interesting... I know I have a tiny nodule on my Thyroid, but it was literally just checked, hasn't gotten larger, and is of no concern at this time. I've never been told my levels were off at all... gee, I'm just starting to realize how many 'issues' I have lol... and Diabetes is just the newest one... liver adenoma/non-alcoholic fatty liver, psoriasis, carpal tunnel syndrome, PCOS... fun stuff!

__________________
Diagnosed with Diabetes on 12/23/14
Confirmed Type 2 on 1/2/15
Still learning, any advice will be appreciated!
Peaceful75 is offline  
Old 01-30-2015, 16:56   #10
Senior Member
 
Tea Rose's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Colorado
Posts: 148

Member Type
Type 2
Diagnosed in 2015

204 likes received
558 likes given
Default

Peaceful, so glad you don't have feeling/nerve issues! I have been having some numbness/tingling in my right and left little toes, although for the last several months its only been noticeable in my left. I was only recently diagnosed with diabetes so now I'm working on getting my BG under control and hopefully reverse the problem.

I know what you mean about the desk job ... I had one for over 15 years myself. I'm still at a desk job now, except I work from home and no one can stop me from taking a little walk. Hope you get some warmed up feet soon! How about some nice fur-lined boots?

Tea Rose is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Dry Skin??????? Patdart Diabetes Forum Lounge 13 02-28-2014 19:05
Dry Eye and Diabetes pgsongbird Diabetes Forum Lounge 9 08-04-2013 03:27
Diabetes Drug Makes Lung Cancer Vulnerable To Radiotherapy kantim Diabetes News 2 05-05-2013 07:49
Dry Skin... Patdart Diabetes Forum Lounge 3 04-04-2013 03:20
Dry skin doug Diabetes Symptoms 16 10-29-2012 22:26

LEGAL NOTICE
By using this Website, you agree to abide by our Terms and Conditions (the "Terms"). This notice does not replace our Terms, which you must read in full as they contain important information. You must not post any defamatory, unlawful or undesirable content, or any content copied from a third party, on the Website. You must not copy material from the Website except in accordance with the Terms. This Website gives users an opportunity to share information only and is not intended to contain any advice which you should rely upon. It does not replace the need to take professional or other advice. We have no liability to you or any other person in respect of any content on this Website.


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 18:15.




Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.