Eczema and Diabetes

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TVEditor
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   Posted 11/25/2008 1:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been surfing around looking for a connection between diabetes and eczema (I get it on my shins and calves as the weather gets colder) and found this: http://www.softress.com/eczema_information.php
 
According to the author there is a link.  Its not clear whether the author is a medical professional or not but there does seem to be some good, common sense info about vitamins and diet that might be worth a peruse.
 
Chris

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   Posted 11/26/2008 11:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Chris,
Thanks so much for that. My daughter has eczema and her bubby has very dry skin. She has used a lot of different stuff and the link you provided does offer some solid info. I especially liked the part about the magnesium absorption from the epsom salts. She has fibromyalgia, as do I, and I didn't know that magnesium could be absorbed through the skin. You are truly a treasure!
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
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   Posted 11/26/2008 1:38 PM (GMT -7)   

Nawww! ~ blush ~ cool

Seriously, I hope some of the info on that page works.  My eczema flares up like crazy in the winter.

By the way, does shivering count as exercise?  tongue

 

Chris


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   Posted 11/26/2008 2:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Actually, it does, sort of, but you should avoid cold extremities whenever possible. This means mittens instead of gloves, pile lined slippers and galoshes or boots. We have decreased circulation to our feet and hands even when we keep our sugars in line. There is more to diabetes that just the sugar numbers. It appears that it has some kind of effect on the blood vessels themselves as well as the blood so keep those tootsies warm! What part of the country are you from? I'm from mid-Michigan.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


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   Posted 11/27/2008 8:47 AM (GMT -7)   
about 200 miles north of Duluth (Minnesota, as if you didn't know ;-)  Thunder Bay.  The weather hasn't been all that bad so far -- no snow yet and really not that cold.
 
I like to say 'Only 8 Pay Days 'til spring' ... doesn't seem that long a wait when you think of it that way :-)

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   Posted 11/28/2008 8:05 AM (GMT -7)   
We've already gotten our share of 'lake effect' snow here in Michigan. Enough to cause accidents and cover up the grass. I don't really mind winter all that much. Never have. Just learned to dress appropriately and it's all good. Especially the sparklies on the snow!
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
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"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


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   Posted 11/28/2008 10:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Just wanted you to know that my daughter tried the epsom salts in the baby's bathwater and it's already helping her skin after just one bath! Oh, and it makes her hair curlier, too! What a nice bonus. turn Your idea and sharing is one of the coolest things about this forum! Thank you again.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


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   Posted Yesterday 7:50 AM (GMT -7)   

NP Jeannie smilewinkgrin

Apart from the negative aspects of diabetes, I've found this experience so far to be a real eye-opener.  The more I read, the more I find out things like the eczema/diabetes connection.

Both these and many other problems are apparently the result of the immune system gone wonky (let me know if I use too many big medical terms ;-)  A buddy of mine who takes Metformin (I think?) says it really worked for him until a little while ago when he developed a flu-like condition that lasted 6 weeks.  His doctor told him that one of the things the Metformin does is to slow down or control the immune system so that it will do less damage to kidneys, etc.  The downside is that it also makes you more succeptible to simple diseases and infections, hence the importance of flu shots. 

I've never had a flu shot and didn't get one this year but interestingly, I was one of a very small number of people who avoided the wave of a particularly virulent flu strain that went through our offices (there were a couple of cases of pneumonia that resulted).  I think the reason I got lucky was due to my making even a slight change in lifestyle -- losing weight, changing diet, moderate exercise and taking a daily multi-vitamin.

Editior's note:  I will probably get the flu shots in the near future depending upon the progress (digress?) of my diabetes.

Heard an interesting radio show the other day -- a local doctor pops in once a week and reports on studies that are going on.  He is quite open about the fact that some doctors aren't as up-to-date as they should be regarding tests & trials but some others, like himself, follow the literature diligently and are on the lookout for simple, effective cures and fixes.  During this recent show, he told about an obesity/weight loss trial conducted mainly to test a certain drug or some other purpose but unexpectedly after the results were analysed, it was found that those in the reduced weight catagory had fewer instances of just about every type of malady, not due to the the drug being tested but rather just the weight loss.  Bad for the drug company ... good for us turn

He said it was found that certain types of fat (not the visible beer gut type ...  a layer behind that) stores toxins and excesses of hormones among other things.  So simply put, the more fat you have, the more bad things you are storing.

Another gold star for common sense :-)

Chris

Post Edited (TVEditor) : 12/1/2008 7:53:24 AM (GMT-7)


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   Posted 12/6/2008 3:28 AM (GMT -7)   

TVEditor,

For the longest time,I have reddness on the Palms of my Hands.At my most recent Doctor's Appointment,I asked my Doctor if it is Palmar Erythema (Miss Diagnose herself nono )He told me,"No,it is Dishydrotic Eczema,yet didn't tell me how to treat it."My late Step-Mother and her eldest Sister who aren't Blood related had/has red Palms.My Step-Mother was never Diabetic,but Years later my Step-Aunt was diagnosed with Type II.When I asked my Mother why her Palms were red,she answered with,"It's a sign of Arthritis."

 

 


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   Posted 12/6/2008 3:29 AM (GMT -7)   

Jeannie,

There are Magnesium Oils that are rubbed on the Skin,and soaking in a warm Bath with Epsom Salts will provide Magnesium as well.We can even mix ES with Water and drink.


 

Post Edited (Sydnee10) : 12/6/2008 3:32:01 AM (GMT-7)


TVEditor
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   Posted 1/17/2009 3:35 PM (GMT -7)   
(I didn't notice an 'Eczema' forum so for what its worth ...)

Just an undocumented, unproven, un-medically-suported case history for your perusal ...

Even after taking my own advice (Epsom Salts baths, etc.), my shins and calves were starting to look like pictures from the Mars (Red Planet ... scaly ... BLECHHH!) Rovers (aren't those little guys great !?! .. still going after all these years ). While taking my 14th Epsom Salts bath of the day and itching like crazy but still resisting the urge to scratch, I decided I had nothing to lose except skin so I grabbed Da Barracuda's pumice stone (supposed to be used on foot callouses but she uses it on her ear lobes -- I still like her :) and lightly abraded both shins.

I figured I was going to pay for this temporary relief (OOOOHHHH it felt goooooood!!! (think Andy Griffith)) so I slathered my shins with some unscented hand lotion and went to bed, fully expecting to wake up at 4:00 AM, either itching or bleeding or both. Nothing. Good night's sleep. Next morning and before bed every night for the past week, I continued the lotion treatment.

That was last week; this week, my Eczema has all but disappeared. No itching/scratching ... just a couple of faint patches of reddish skin.

I have some theories; I think the light abrasion removed some scar tissue and/or scabbing that might have led to irritation and switching from Gold Bond Medicated Lotion (temporary relief but contains menthol) to an unscented, generic brand lead the pack.

Also, I just bought a new truck but I fail to see what that could have to do with it ;-)

Chris

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   Posted 1/18/2009 9:15 AM (GMT -7)   
What Brand of Pumice Stone made for Foot Callouses does Da Barracuda use?
 

 


TVEditor
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   Posted 1/19/2009 1:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Just a generic brand.  Nothing special.

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   Posted 1/23/2009 7:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Nope, it's the truck! Definitely the truck! It rearranged the carhoogians in your desquamous cells, thereby causing an increased blood supply to the lower layer. Right?
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


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   Posted 1/23/2009 5:53 PM (GMT -7)   
'Zactly what I was thinkin'!!! Well, that and the fact that the new truck has HEAT on these cold mornings ;-) Who knows? (besides The Shadow)

I've got 2 common-law, step-grandchildren (long story) so I think I know what you're going through. I hate'em when they're here but I miss'em when they're gone kind of thing right???

Sort of connected thought; through this convoluted relationship, I inherited a 23 year old Siamese cat (Sam). I'm a 'dog guy' and he was a mangy old thing. Towards the end of his illustrious career, he took to going down to the basement, sitting proud on the floor and howling at the top of his little lungs for about a 1/2 hour a day, either because the basement had the best acoustics for his old voice or just because he was fed up with the aches and pains of life. Anyway, I'd go downstairs, pick him up and carry him back upstairs, whereupon he would curl up on my feet, arm, whatever ... and go to sleep. I think he was just achy and cold and me carrying him warmed him up a bit.

Jeeze that cat was annoying!

Jeeze I miss that cat!

Jeeze I hope my old dog can't read this! He would be so ashamed at me turning into a 'cat-guy' ;-)

Anyway, "Love'em while you can." is my new motto


Keep On (NEW) Truckkin',

Chris
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