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Itching on the skin with dryness. Have diabetes. Normal sugar levels. Suggestions?

hi doctor, My father has diabetics since last 30 years. since last 2 years his skin has changed a lot..he has itching through out his body. it start and increases in dry and airy environments. currently he cannot even tolerate fan or open window at home...he keeps applying vaceline throughtout his body. request you to suggest some good lotion or cream for him. also all his blood reports are normal and his sugar is under control. Thanks, Miti
Asked On : Sat, 1 Sep 2012
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Aug 2012
Dear Miti,

Is there any other reason for his dry skin? Just make sure his thyroid is fine. Does he have normal tear production? If you are sure that other things are fine and just a very dry skin all over the body is what troubling him then ask him not to use very hot water for bath. Avoid shower bath as it will dry skin further. After bath ask him to pat dry the skin and apply liquid paraffin oil all ver body when the moisture is still there. He should use soft cotton clothes to cover even the arms and legs fully. Not to use soaps for the hand wash frequently or unnecessarily. And he also can try urea based ointment like cotaryl after a few hours of bath. In spite of all these measure if he's not fine, then do take him to a dermatologist who will rule out allergy or any other reason for dryness and itchy skin. After evaluation he/she will prescribe appropriate medication. All the very best.
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