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Diabetes and Symptoms – Itchy Skin without Rash
Symptom – Itchy skin but no Rash?
If you suffer from diabetes, you may have encountered itchy skin without rash, at one time or other. You may know a little about biology and something of the physiology of the human body. This issue isn’t extremely difficult to figure out, especially for diabetics. Our skin dries out, which is due in part to a shortage of water in your body. Itchy skin can ultimately lead to other more significant skin problems like eczema or psoriasis.
When your blood sugar is elevated, your liver kicks in and tries to flush the excess out by creating additional urine. If your body doesn’t have enough water readily available, your liver will take it from your other body organs. Skin is one of those organs that are not as critical to life as others, and gets tapped early. Some people call it diabetic itchy skin or diabetic itching, and if you have experience, you know what it is. So what can a diabetic to do?
Drink More Water
This is the most obvious answer, there are limitations on drinking more water. The most prevalent problem with this one is it will take time to help rid you of the urge to scratch. In my Why Water is Good for You, I talk a lot about how much water you need to be drinking. I also break down the type of water that is best for a diabetic. Drinking water then is a preventative measure against diabetes itching or to prevent a diabetes skin rash. If you go long enough without drinking enough water, that itchy skin may result in permanent itchy skin problems.
Can Lotions Help Itchy Skin without Rash?
Immediate action to relieve the diabetic itching includes applying lotion to the area that itches. Lotions can help to partially relieve the incessantly aggravating symptoms, so it makes sense to use one. This relief can be either a preventative or reactive measure. I include any over the counter types of lotions or creams that are available for anyone to buy. I personally have used different ones including Gold Bond Intensive Healing and hydrocortisone cream. Some lotions are better than others, and some can actually do the opposite of what you need them to do. Unfortunately for those on a strict budget, the best ones usually cost a bit more. Next I will compare good lotions and bad lotions, and provide some insight into choosing one that is appropriate for you.
What is a Good Lotion?
What are good lotions? There are so many skin enhancing lotions on the market, and the beauty industry seems to have an endless list. Sometimes I think they come up with new lotions just to keep the interest going. Good lotions help to maintain a level of hydration to your skin. When applied, they usually don’t leave a greasy feeling on the skin, but the skin usually feels a little softer. Listed below are some key things to look for when selecting your lotion. This is the daily lotion I usually will use because it seems to work for me. Aveeno Active Naturals Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion for Sensitive Skin, 18 fl. oz
- Look for a readable list of ingredients, and understand what the ingredients are. Examples are Coco butter and Shea butter (not; Dioctyl Sodium Sulfosuccinate BHT or Yellow #5)
- The more natural ingredients in the lotion, the less room for added chemicals
- Opt for the lotions fitting the above, and have a minimum of ingredients
What is a Bad Lotion?
Well it seems the bad lotions outnumber the good lotions by a sizable margin. In their quest for profitability, many companies have included some minor amount of good natural ingredients. Advertising laws, let them claim they have a cocoa butter lotion as long as they meet the minimum percent for that ingredient. It’s a buyer beware situation, so look a the labels to know what you are buying. Many of these bad lotions also included some form of alcohol in them. Generally speaking, you can spot a bad lotion by considering the following.
- If the price looks too good to be true, it most probably is. Select the cheapest lotion if you can’t afford higher priced, or if you just want to show that you have lotion. This does not necessarily include generic branded items.
- Read the ingredients and if the natural ingredients appear at the bottom of the list it means there is probably less than 1% of that ingredient included. Ingredients are listed in order of the highest percentage included to lowest.
- A third thing you should look for in a lotion that makes it bad, is alcohol. Most of the time you can tell an alcohol ingredient by the last two letters “OL” for example Specially denatured (SD) alcohol 40B, ethanol or ethyl alcohol, denatured alcohol, methanol, isopropyl alcohol, and benzyl alcohol.
Natures Remedies for Itchy Skin without Rash
Now we come to the best preventative and reactive measures to the Itchy Skin without Rash problem. I always advocate a natural remedy if one is available, and it just happens there are a number of them for dry itchy skin. You don’t have to use all of these natural remedies, just so are aware they can be used. If you have allergies to something in these natural remedies, you should consider a different one.
- Milk Cream – can help preserve the skin’s pH levels and helps exfoliate dry skin. Mix a little lemon juice to about 2% of the milk cream. Rub it on your face and hands and where your skin is dry, leave it on for between 10 and 30 minutes before your daily shower.
- Honey – helps by locking in moisture to make your skin extra soft and smooth. Honey is loaded with natural moisturizers, antioxidants, and has antimicrobial and humectant properties as well. The fun part is rubbing it all over your body and leaving it there for about 10 minutes prior to your daily shower.
- Coconut oil – the good amount of fatty acids help to make up for any moisture lost. Within 7 minutes after you step out of your shower, before you dry, rub coconut oil all over your body. This helps to lock in the moisture from the shower. You can do this at any time, but it is especially effective during the brief time mentioned.
- After a shower, dab the water from your body instead of wiping with the towel. An alternative is to drip-dry and apply olive or coconut oil while drying. Other medium chain triglyceride oils can also work for this method.
Diabetes itchy skin is the worst itch I have ever had, and that includes poison ivy itch. It is clear to me that once again nature wins the best remedy and maybe the most fun. So try one of the natural remedies if you suffer from Itchy Skin without Rash. You could argue about the convenience of a high quality lotion but the cost may be too high, and chemicals must be avoided. Read Why Water is Good for You, and keep hydrated, it is natural, and the best preventative treatment you have.