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Having itchy hands and feet at night and suffer frequent urination. What to do?

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Itchy hands and feet at night plus frequent urination at night
Posted Tue, 30 Jul 2013 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Timothy Raichle 1 hour later
Hello, I would be happy to help you with your question.

I have questions for you first:
1. Have you ever been diagnosed with diabetes?
2. When did the itching start?
3. Do you have any swelling in your feet?

Thank you.
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Follow-up: Having itchy hands and feet at night and suffer frequent urination. What to do? 19 hours later
No, I have never been diagnosed with diabetes. My sugar on my last physical (December, 2012) was 5.5 and the doctor said it should be between 5 and 7.

The itching has been going on for a few weeks. It itches on my feet, fingers, ankles and neck.

No, I do not normally have swelling in my feet, unless I have eaten an exceptionally high amount of salty food. The swelling goes down overnight,
Answered by Dr. Timothy Raichle 3 hours later
Thank you for the followup. The symptom of itch hands and feet is actually not terribly uncommon. The problem that arises is that there are a large number of potential causes:

Kidney disease
Liver disease
Thyroid disease
Blood diseases
Bowel diseases
Vitamin D deficiency
Vitamin B12 deficiency

Here is what I would recommend. You need to contact your doctor and an exam and the following labs should be performed:
1. Blood counts
2. Liver tests
3. Thyroid tests
4. Vitamin D and B12 levels
5. Tests of kidney function

If these tests are all normal, then you should be referred to a dermatologist. The frequency of urination at night and occasional swelling in your legs might point to kidney disease or problems with your heart. I hope that this helps and good luck!

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