My mother is 89 years old and suffers from intense itching because of kidney problems. Scratching causes skin irritations and eruptions.I need an anti-itch cream or lotion for diabetics. any suggestions?
i would ask her doctorI need an anti-itch cream or lotion for diabetics. any suggestions?
I'm a recently diagnosed diabetic and (believe it or not) calamine lotion works for me
check to make sure that her meds or treatment isn't causing it, diuretics and potassium pills can cause skin problems after prolonged use. with her advanced age her skin is probably paper thin. a non-steroidal cream can help. kenalog or desoen can help with the itch and help prevent secondary infection from scratching.if its really bad(limb threatening) then oral pills can help. both have to come from your doctor,tell him in detail whats happening. good communication can help mom feel better, live healthier and be happier for many more years. good luck.
Aveeno has a line of skin care products that I've recommended to patients but the best advice I can give you is to have your mother see her doctor about this. He/she may want her to use Benadryl or some other med (topical or systemic) to prevent and control pruritis (itching). I think you know that infection is something diabetics want to avoid at all cost.
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Here are a couple of old-fashioned remedies that may help:
--try putting a small amount of oatmeal in a lukewarm bath and have her soak for 5-10 minutes, then rinse off in fresh warm water.
--try spraying a small amount of aerosal hairspray over the itchy area.
-- place a cool washrag over the affected area for a few minutes.
--Most pharmacies (%26amp; pharmacists) will recommend an over-the-counter product--there are several to choose from now. Call %26amp; ask.