Question: I am a diabetic patient and my feet starts to itch at night, but on the inside, nothing on the outside. Is this normal or ever heard of this, is there something that I can do to stop this?
Answer: Itching is an annoying experience to whom so ever it happens, and itchy feet at night and during sleep is certainly a disturbing experience.
- Is your diabetes under control?
- Are you taking anti diabetic medicine?
- Do you take vitamin supplements?
Causes of Itchy Feet at Bed Time
- As you are diabetic one of the main cause can be deficiency of vitamins especially vitamin B1, B6, B12. Deficiency of these vitamins can result into many skin diseases.
- Fungal infection in diabetics is common, and it can be one of the reason for itchy feet.
- Scabies: this is an itch mite which can cause itching on the feet at night time. The itch can spread all over the body.
- Contact allergic dermatitis: it is caused due to some material you come into contact with. At night time it may be a blanket material.
- Dry feet: if your skin is dry you may feel like itching, but remember scratching will give more itching.
- Improper hygiene can also lead to itch feet.
Prevention Of Itchy Legs at Night
- Control diabetes.
- Do not eat sugar as this may lead to increase in blood sugar and facilitate fungal infection
- Wear comfortable shoes, do not wear wet shocks. Wear fresh shocks daily.
- Maintain proper hygiene
Treatment of Itchy Feet
- Take proper vitamin supplements
- Drink carrot juice once in a day for a fortnight
- Apply cream to the dry skin of the feet especially at night and before sleeping
- Apply aloe vera gel on the feet at night.