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Doctor insights on: Diabetes Cause Dry Itchy Skin

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Diabetes (Definition)

Diabetes is a disease of increased blood glucose levels. Glucose is a type of sugar that comes from the intake of food. Insulin is a type of hormone that removes the glucose from the blood and moves it into the cells to provide them with energy. There are two different types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is when the body does not make any insulin. Therefore, glucose stays inside the blood and does not move into the cells. Type 2 diabetes, which is commonly associated with obesity, is when the body is either resistant to the effects of insulin or when the body does not produce enough insulin. Increased levels of glucose in the body causes severe damage to the ...Read more


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Can Claritin (loratadine) cause dry, itchy skin? What are the side effects?

Can Claritin (loratadine) cause dry, itchy skin? What are the side effects?

Dryskin and claritin (loratadine): It is unlikely that Claritin (loratadine) would cause dry itchy skin. Claritin (loratadine) has minimal to no anticholinergic properties and so rarely will cause dryness. ...Read more

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What STD causes dry itchy skin?

What STD causes dry itchy skin?

Syphilis and hiv: Advanced HIV is associated with dry and itchy skin. Syphilis leads to a rash which can appear to be dry. However, dry and itchy skin is usually not from an std. If it is occurring is a small area, then a skin fungal infection could be the cause. If it affecting the whole body there could be a number of causes including dry air and the type of soap you are using. ...Read more

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Sudden onset dry itchy skin on face/chest and isolated patches on arms. Recently tested for hypothyroidism, one test normal, other high. Poss cause?

Sudden onset dry itchy skin on face/chest and isolated patches on arms. Recently tested for hypothyroidism, one test normal, other high. Poss cause?

Xerosis: Xerosis or dryness of the skin can have multiple causes including vitamin deficiencies or hypothyroidism. Eat a healthy, balanced diet and take a multivitamin supplement with vitamin a, biotin and zinc. Also, follow up with an endocrinologist to make sure you don't need thyroid hormone supplement. Moisturizer with aveeno (oatmeal) or other sensitive skin moisturizer. ...Read more

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I have very dry itchy skin from eczema , it caused a rash like scar on my legs , will it go away ?

I have very dry itchy skin from eczema , it caused a  rash like scar on my legs ,  will it go away ?

It may get better!: Very itchy and dry skin is part of eczema presentation. If the rashes are present, especially in area of irritation and scratching a rash like scar can appear. After intense treatment by a physician, the rash can go away. ...Read more

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Can dry itchy skin be part of perimenopause?

Can dry itchy skin be part of perimenopause?

Possible: As the estrogen levels decrease with the onset of menopause, many women do notice changes in their skin. Talk to your doctor about treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Jeremy Porter
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Dry Itchy Skin (Definition)

Dry itchy skin is a clinical finding in which skin does not have enough moisture or protective oils and it therefore loses its normal texture and becomes itchy. This can be due to overuse of cleaning products, dry ...Read more


Itchy Skin (Definition)

Often pertains to skin that is dry and ...Read more