Diabetes Itchy Skin | No 8 of 10 Early Symptoms Type 2 Diabetes

Early Symptoms Type 2 Diabetes – Skin Changes

Diabetes itchy skin symptoms are often overlooked and not seen as early Type 2 diabetes symptoms since skin changes are sometimes considered to be normal.

Itchy skin, particularly in the lower legs, can be caused by dryness, poor circulation, or yeast infections.  Itching skin can also be called pruritus. The nerve damage caused by diabetes, called diabetic neuropathy, may stop diabetics from sweating. Decreased sweating can lead to dry skin. Poor blood flow, a common complication of diabetes can contribute to dry and itchy skin. Circulation problems that restrict blood flow to the legs and feet slow healing of the skin.

High blood sugar causes the body to lose fluid. This occurs because the body is turning the water into urine to remove the excess sugar from the blood. The diabetes symptoms of frequent urination as well as dry and itchy skin are a result of this process.

Dry skin can become itchy and can crack, causing you to scratch. Breaks in the skin allow germs to enter and cause infection. This can become a vicious cycle with skin that never heals properly. Since the skin is the largest organ in the body, it is important for your health and comfort to take care of your skin and take symptoms seriously. ‘

Prevent Skin Irritation

Having healthy skin requires caring for its environment both inside and out.  The most important thing you can do is  regulate blood sugar levels in the normal range to prevent the symptoms and complications of diabetes.

From the outside in, you can bathe or shower in warm water that is not too hot. This will help prevent dry and itchy skin. Use gentle cleansers or soaps and when you dry off – be gentle. Don’t rub your skin dry, just pat. Consider adding moisture to the air in your home with a humidifier, especially during winter months. Don’t scratch dry or itchy skin. This can lead to infection. Choose a moisturizer carefully. Heavily perfumed products usually contain alcohol and contribute to dry skin.

Diabetes can add to dry and itchy skin, so it is important to pay attention to clusters of symptoms that can be early symptoms of diabetes.  If you notice troubling skin changes, take the time to see a physician and have a blood test.

The diabetes itchy skin symptom is one of ten symptoms of type 2 diabetes.

Other type 2 symptoms can include excessive hunger and weight gain, excessive thirst, lots of bathroom breaks, fatigue, slow healing sores or bruises, numbness and tingling in hands or feet, and frequent infections.