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Question: Skin Disease or Diabetis?


 mercury - Sat Jan 06, 2007 9:09 am

im 28 yrs old male, im not sure about my problems. there always a time when my male organ is so itchy. when im washing it i always scratch it then afterwards it has so many wounds. Am i diabetics? or just a plain skin disease, i always apply an antifungal cream and anti bacterial cream everytime there is a wound after scratching. Or just the food i ate? my grandparents have history of diabetis.
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Tue Feb 20, 2007 4:44 pm

User avatar Symptoms of Type 1 (insulin dependent) diabetes mellitus (DM)are excessive thirst, excessive hunger, and excessive urination that can ultimately lead to jitteriness and ultimately diabetic coma.

Symptoms of Type 2 (insulin resistant) DM are ultimately similar to those of type 1 DM. Prior to this, type 2 DM can also produce darkening of the skin behind the neck and on the nuckles as well as other places (known as acanthosis nigricans). Obesity is associated with type 2 DM.

Poor skin healing can go along with both types of DM as time goes along, although this is typically not a very early symptom.

Your symptoms sound more like a possible skin irritation, such as a contact dermatitis, eczema, or possibly a fungal skin infection (jock itch). The fungal creams are good treatments but must be continued for many weeks to produce good results. Failure to fully treat the infection leads to the infection and symptoms returning.

Fungal infections can be checked for by having your doctor take a small skin scraping and looking for fungal elements.

I recommend that you be evaluated by your doctor to make an accurate diagnosis. If there are any concerns about diabetes, simple blood and urine tests can easily check for these conditions.

Hope this helps, and sorry for the delay in answering.

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