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Are recurring heat boils signs of diabetes?

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Posted on Fri, 25 Sep 2015
Question: I am getting heat boils for past one month and its occurring in the same area. After taking medicine it gets cured however my question in my mind is... is that an sign of being diabetic?
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Answered by Dr. Abhay A Mali (41 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Diabetes.

Detailed Answer:
Hi Mr, XXXXXXX

Thanks for your question,

After going through your question, I can understand your concern.

Recurrent boil may have underlying cause, diabetes is one of them.

In many diabetic patients recurrent skin infection (fungal or bacterial like boil) is one of the presenting complaints.
As high blood glucose level associated with increased risk of infection.

Possibility of diabetes further increases if-
- You are obese or overweight (BMI, Body Mass Index >25).
- Family history of diabetes.
- Sedentary life style ie. no physical exercise.

Other presenting complaints in diabetes-
- Weight loss, generalized weakness.
- Abnormal thirst and/or hunger.
- Increased frequency of urination.
- Recurrent urinary or genital infections.

So it will be better for you to check your venous blood glucose level preferably OGTT (Oral Glucose Tolerance Test).

Hope I have answered your question.

Regards,
Dr. Abhay Mali.
Diabetologist.


Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vinay Bhardwaj
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Follow up: Dr. Abhay A Mali (4 hours later)
I am just concerned about why it's happening? my height is 5.10 and wt is 82 however I still feel that due to heat I am getting these boils. Its 4 in the same and surrounding area. Please advise if I have to get myself completely checked.
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Answered by Dr. Abhay A Mali (11 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Better to undergo basic evaluation.

Detailed Answer:
Other than diabetes other causes of recurrent boils is -
- Poor local hygiene - excessive sweating, shaving, tight clothes.
- Use of drugs like steroids.
- Immunocompromised diseases like HIV.

You should undergo basic lab evaluation-
1) Complete Blood Count.
2) Blood glucose (OGTT).
3) Renal Function Test.
4) Liver Function Test.
5) Urine examination.

Depending upon detailed clinical examination and above test result further evaluation if needed can be planned.

Considering your height and weight your BMI is >26 ie. overweight.
Which increases risk of diabetes in you.

Hope this helps you.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Sonia Raina
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Are recurring heat boils signs of diabetes?

Brief Answer: Diabetes. Detailed Answer: Hi Mr, XXXXXXX Thanks for your question, After going through your question, I can understand your concern. Recurrent boil may have underlying cause, diabetes is one of them. In many diabetic patients recurrent skin infection (fungal or bacterial like boil) is one of the presenting complaints. As high blood glucose level associated with increased risk of infection. Possibility of diabetes further increases if- - You are obese or overweight (BMI, Body Mass Index >25). - Family history of diabetes. - Sedentary life style ie. no physical exercise. Other presenting complaints in diabetes- - Weight loss, generalized weakness. - Abnormal thirst and/or hunger. - Increased frequency of urination. - Recurrent urinary or genital infections. So it will be better for you to check your venous blood glucose level preferably OGTT (Oral Glucose Tolerance Test). Hope I have answered your question. Regards, Dr. Abhay Mali. Diabetologist.