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Itchy feet and legs

My mom was diagnosed with diabetes type 2 in 2014. She has a period during the past few months when her average blood sugar levels where around 220, but right now she's managed to keep it around 130 (she does have spikes when she eats during the day). She's taking glimepiride 2 mg in the morning and Metformin 2500 mg throughout the day.

For the past 2 days, she's had a terrible itch in her lower legs and top of feet, but only during the day. It goes away during the night. There is no rash. She does have diabetic dermopathy in that area but she's had it for years. She's going to the doctor next week, but in the meantime, has anyone had this? She's putting on betamethasone and it helps a bit but not too much.

I would like to get some insight, does this sound like poor circulation or diabetic neuropathy? She exercises 30 minute each day, her BMI is good, and she rarely has neuropathy pain (she has had it before in her hands). Thanks for any help.

  1. Apologies for the delayed reply. Thanks for reaching out. How is your mom doing now with the itching? I'd be curious to see her glucose numbers throughout the day. High blood sugar can cause itching. It's important, of course, to be assessed by her doctor to diagnose accurately what may be going on. It's great that she is exercising! In addition to speaking with her doctor, these articles may be helpful: https://type2diabetes.com/living/itchy-skin and https://type2diabetes.com/complications/neuropathy. Wishing your mom some answers and relief ahead. Best, Kelly, Type2diabetes.com Community Moderator

    1. Hello, , I remember talking to someone years ago who had this itching issue. Their doctor said it was caused by dry skin and poor circulation. I think she had to take warm showers, moisturize, and not wear any material that would cause her to itch. I think it went away in a week or so. How are you doing by the way? We are here if you need us. Diane (Team Member)

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