Diabetic people deal with the effects of diabetes on an everyday basis. Diabetes can also affect the skin and cause certain skin problems.
New Delhi: Diabetes is a widespread lifestyle disease that affects millions of people around the world. A diabetic person has to deal with a lot – they have to be extremely careful of their diet, blood sugar levels, weight and lifestyle choices to make sure they do not cause the blood sugar levels to increase in any way.
An increase in blood sugar levels can be quite risky and even life-threatening. Diabetic people deal with the effects of diabetes on an everyday basis. Diabetes can also affect the skin and cause certain skin problems. If you have been recently diagnosed with diabetes, here are the skin problems that you should know about. Also, if you see any of these problems affecting your skin if you do not have diabetes, it may be time to get tested.
General skin problems – itching, bacterial or fungal infections
There are certain general skin conditions that you may get even if you do not have diabetes but diabetic people get them more easily. These include bacterial infections like styles and boils, fungal infections like ringworms, athlete’s foot, and also itching that can occur due to poor blood circulation or dry skin.
Acanthosis Nigricans mostly affects people who are extremely overweight. It occurs mostly in the skin folds. It is a skin condition where brown raised areas appear on the skin of the neck, armpits or groin. They may also affect the skin on arms, legs or elbows. Losing weight is a way to reduce the condition. You can also use creams to reduce the spots caused due to this on your skin.
A skin condition that looks like dark, scaly patches which are oval or circular in shape, diabetic dermopathy occurs on the front of the legs. Often mistaken as signs of ageing, diabetic dermopathy may not affect both the legs in the same degree. Diabetic dermopathy is pretty harmless and does not need treatment.
Necrobiosis Lipoidica Diabeticorum
The skin condition called necrobiosis lipoidica diabeticorum is a similar skin condition like the diabetic dermopathy but the patches may be fewer, larger and deeper in this condition. NLD can also be painful and itchy and the patches can also crack open, unlike diabetic dermopathy.
Diabetic blisters or bullosis diabeticorum is a rare condition that affects diabetic people where the skin breaks out in blisters. Blisters caused due to diabetes are mostly large but do not ache or have redness or inflammation. They are mostly harmless.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a professional healthcare provider if you have any specific questions about any medical matter.