| | Re: Diabetes and itching
I am diabetic and I have the same problem with intense itching on one or both arms. Sometimes I just want to cut them off they itch so much! I have kept track of my blood sugar and it doesn't necessarily match up with the itching. However, I have found that stress seems to trigger the itching.
I was concerned it was from kidney problems but my doctor said my kidney function tests are okay. She is sympathetic (thank goodness) and has prescribed Tylenol 3's for me to use as a last resort; I've also gone to my dermatologist who prescribed an oral drug called Doxepin that I take every night. Doxepin is an anti-seizure medication that has also been found to stop itching but he said you have to take it once a day for several months before it takes effect. He also prescribed Elidel cream because he said that addresses itching differently.
Actually, I try just about everything including Benadryl, Diabetaid cream, Aveeno cream, wash with Aveeno, etc. It seems to be getting better but when I am stressed, it starts again. Good luck in resolving yours. If you have found anything else, please let me know.