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Old 05-26-2012, 12:07 PM   #1
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Red face Is severe genital itching a symptom of diabetes?

My life is miserable right now due to genital itching. I have gone to three different doctors and they all said they see no rash or anything at all that would cause the itching. I seriously don't believe I have a yeast infection because I have no symptoms of it.. One doctor said I could use Betamethsone cream 0.05% and I found relief until I stopped using it.. Then I went to GYN and she said not to use that cream as there was too much cortisone in it which would thin the tissue. She said I could use an over the counter cream that has 1% cortisone in it.. The problem is, I don't get much relief from the itching when using the over the counter cream.
I'm thinking this must be a symptom of diabetes. Next week I am getting blood tests done to find out.. I cannot imagine living like this for much longer!! Its awful..
Has this happened to anyone else? Thanks for any reply in advance.

 
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Old 06-02-2012, 09:47 PM   #2
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Re: Is severe genital itching a symptom of diabetes?

Hi Lorene,

Sorry no one has answered this before, but I just signed on tonight after being away for a while.

Even though you don't think it is...and no one has diagnosed it as such, I believe you very probably DO have a yeast infection, which is very, very common in diabetic women. I would highly recommend using Diflucan, which a doctor would have to prescribe.

Many years ago, when my diabetes wasn't under good control, I had constant yeast infections and couldn't get rid of them. I treated one episode for nearly 3 years and couldn't get rid of it. Right around then, Diflucan came on the market and I read about it. Called my doc that day and demanded a prescription (she was reluctant, because it was so new). Anyway, took the Diflucan, got rid of the yeast infection (and got better control of my diabetes), and I've never had another yeast infection! But once you've got it, good control won't get rid of it, it'll only help prevent recurrences.

So I would say...what have you got to lose? Try the Diflucan!

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Old 06-02-2012, 10:13 PM   #3
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Re: Is severe genital itching a symptom of diabetes?

Thank you so much for replying to my question.. Actually I've seen three doctors and they've examinded me & see nothing that suggested a yeast infection. There is no discharge, odor, nor itching up inside.. Its all on the outside. I can't get too graffic on the board here, but the symptoms don't seem like yeast infection.

Today I got the results of my glucose fasting test and A1c. My glucose was 112 and A1c was 5.9..... My doctor said I was prediabetic. I wonder if that would cause itching? All I know is that I'm miserable.

The last two weeks I have totally cut out all sugar and am not eating many carbs at all.. I'm getting discouraged at this point.

 
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Old 06-03-2012, 06:34 AM   #4
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Re: Is severe genital itching a symptom of diabetes?

Have you tried the OTC treatments you can buy in Walgreens? A yeast infection often doesn't have any symptoms except the itch. If the itching has bothered you this long, it's time to demand treatment. It can't hurt you and it might be a cure.
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Re: Is severe genital itching a symptom of diabetes?

Kajikit, what is the otc treament at walgreens you have used? What are they called? I have recently have had a problem and it comes and goes. Need relief in something.
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Old 06-03-2012, 09:53 AM   #6
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Re: Is severe genital itching a symptom of diabetes?

Yes what is the OTC treatment? About two weeks ago I tried using Monostat cream for the outside area but it made me burn so badly that I ended up having to see a gyn.. She told me to use an over the counter cream that has a little cortisone in it.. I tried it and it barely helps at all.. The only cream I have found that works is prescribed Betamethasone Dipropionate 0.05%.. However the gyn told me to stop using it because its too strong for that area & will thin the skin..

At this point I don't care if it thins the skin, I don't care what it does, all I know is that it works & the itching stops for a day if I'm lucky.

 
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Re: Is severe genital itching a symptom of diabetes?

Rosier - I just bought one of the yeast infection treatment packs that came with a cream to use on the outside as well as the internal stuff, and I only used the cream (I knew I didn't need the full treatment...)

If you want something to help your skin that doesn't involve creams and prescriptions, try getting some Vitamin A or Vitamin D oil. It comes in little capsules and if you rub it gently onto your skin it is very soothing and encourages healing.
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Old 07-11-2012, 07:46 AM   #8
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Re: Is severe genital itching a symptom of diabetes?

I have just been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and the reason I found out was due to the extreme pain/itching. It ended up with me going to out of hours doctor who found I had ulcers and asked if there was any history of Diabetes in my family, father did, when checking my bloods if was confirmed that the amount of sugar in my urine was causing all the discomfort down below. Since I have been on medication the pain has all but gone. Hope this helps.

 
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