If you have just entered the list of 25 million people (US only) who are suffering from diabetes, you need to know that it is the fastest growing long-term (chronic) disease. Not only in United States but also all across the globe it is said to be affecting millions of people. And that’s not all as the researchers believe that the diabetes epidemic will escalate. One in three Americans will have diabetes by 2050 as per the report.
Now do you know about a third of people with diabetes are likely to develop skin problems like skin sores or a leg rash? As per the American Diabetes Association (ADA), there are several skin issues that are clear warning signs of diabetes. However, these can be prevented and treated easily if detected early. So you will have to control your blood sugar (glucose) to keep diabetes skin problems at bay.
As stated, diabetes might affect skin in many itchy ways. It is important to understand that it is due to the change occurring in your nervous system due to this problem which leads to itching. The one which can make conditions horrible is genital itching.
How is Genital Itching and Diabetes Related?
According to Diabetes.co.uk genital yeast infections are a major issue in diabetics. In a study conducted for nearly 7,200 diabetics and 499 non-diabetics it was found that itching was more common in people with diabetes. While 11.3% of those with diabetes suspected itching, only 2.9% without diabetes suffered from the same.
Actually, it is due to the high glucose levels that make the conditions ideal for the naturally present yeast to grow. And this further reduces your body’s ability to fight infection. What worse is that diabetes can deposit glucose in the urine and assist yeast growth, which causes intense itching. Though there are can be some other reasons for genital itching such as scabies, lice, herpes, or chemical irritants, yet if you are diabetic these problems tend to be severe. Experts says that cause of increased diabetes itching can even lead to nerve damage. Hence, it cannot be ignored.
What to Do for Itching?
Excessive itching can lead to scratching, discomfort, and even infection. As itching is caused due to diabetes, it is essential to focus greatly on reduction of blood sugar levels. It is quite obvious to itch more when your sugar levels are high. So it is a kind of an extra warning sign that you need to switch to insulin and modify lifestyle. You must change your diet and eating habits to reduce inflammation, lower glucose levels and after all – stop itching.
Another way to reduce itching is you can use a homeopathic skin cream to provide better healing. While it will curb the urge to scratch, it is safe to use.
However, if itching goes on more than a week or it doesn’t go away even when the sugar levels are down, you must visit your doctor. Don’t delay it at all if you have a rash developing which you haven’t seen before. Get examined by a dermatologist before it gets too late.