Itchiness, also known as pruritis, can be a symptom of several different skin conditions that are associated with a diagnosis of diabetes, according to Cleveland Clinic. Sometimes, the development of skin problems, such as itching, is one of the first noticeable signs that a person has diabetes.Continue Reading
Fungal infections, particularly yeast infections involving the microbe Candida albicans, are a common complication of diabetes that causes skin itchiness, explains the American Diabetes Association. Fungal infections typically appear as red rashes surrounded by scales and blisters. Yeast infections are most likely to occur in moist folds of the body, such as the vagina, under the breasts, between fingers and toes, around the groin and under armpits.
Although the exact mechanism is unknown, there seems to be an association between high blood glucose levels and frequency of vaginal yeast infections in type 2 diabetics, reports Everyday Health.
Because of its negative effect on blood vessels, diabetes can also cause itchy skin problems due to poor circulation to certain parts of the body, particularly the lower legs and feet, according to Cleveland Clinic. In order to relieve itchiness, doctors recommend that diabetic patients use moisturizing lotions on dry areas of their bodies, wash themselves with soaps designed for sensitive skin, and avoid taking hot showers.Learn more about Conditions & Diseases