Every winter since I have been diagnosed with type 1, my hands would get rough, the palms start to peel completly, and would occasionally get red splotchy raised welts on them that itch like crazy. No MDs that I have seen have given any insight. Am I the only one with this? Is it related to the diabetes?

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I had quite a few years of diabetes without this but have noticed some dry spots recently that are hard to get rid of. I've been using Aquaphor, the stuff the tattoo guys recommended, and that seems to help.

I believe dry skin goes hand in hand ( so to speak ) with diabetes ...my heels need stuff too ; I use unscented cold cream with 20 % Urea . The product I purchase at the Pharmacy is made by Urist Cosmetics Inc , Richmond , BC, Canada ...( my province ) ...my skin does not get itchy ...so we may be speaking of something not similar ??

Did you check your blood about vitamins and magnesium ?
Diabetes is related to vitamin D deficiences, and i think it causes skin problems too.
Check , you could try anyway to simple get vitamin D integrators, it doesn't hurt.

Yep sounds familiar....nope your not alone...;-)

I have a world class collection of creams, and lotions that I have purchased in hopes of a cure for dry skin. Hands dry up in the winter, feet dry up in the summer.

I know it's OCD.. but some lotion and sleeping with some cotton gloves on hands and socks on feet will help. You can wash the gloves with your socks....

Those of use blessed with D also have much higher rates of Psoriasis which can flare up on your hands, just like you describe. It might be worth skipping the regular MD and seeing a dermatologist. That being said, normally, people have trouble with dry hands, peeling skin and other irritations in the winter as the air becomes drier. This can be particularly bad if you wash your hands many times during the day.

I agree with using socks and/or gloves at night after you apply the lotion.

Yep, I have this. Itches like crazy during the winter. I have some small red bumps popping up on my feet now, along with some peeling skin. Nothing on my hands yet, but my palms will get this in the really cold months.

I do what JohnG and others recommend - Aquaphor or some other unscented, heavy moisturizing lotion, along with socks at night. Haven't done gloves, but I may this year if it gets bad. I just lather the stuff on before going to bed and then put some cotton socks on. Best solution I've found.

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