Diabetes can be a complicated disease process for some. It ranges in severity and types, the more knowledge you have about it, the better equipped you are. One of the best sites for information is American Diabetes Association. Diabetes can affect many parts of your body besides how it affects your sugar or insulin depending on what type you have. The doctors press patients to pay attention to small signs that one may think, is not a big deal but considering the addition of diabetes combined, it can snow ball. One of the areas that diabetes can affect where you may not feel that it is a big deal, is you skin. Skin complications with diabetes can snowball fast, most can be treated with medication.
These skin conditions, most anyone can have, an individual with diabetes may get them easier. The skin complications can be bacterial infections, fungal infections and itching. There are skin conditions that affect people with diabetes more, is diabetic dermopathy, diabetic blisters, necrobiosis lipoidica diabeticordum and eruptive xanthomatosis. Here are the signs or symptoms that come with these conditions, so you can keep an eye on what is going on with your skin:
Bacterial Infections: Boils, styes, carbuncles, folliculitis and infections around the nails. The symptoms consist of swollen, red, hot and painful inflamed tissues. Most times these can be treated by antibiotics, controlling blood sugar and good skin care.
Fungal Infections: The most common with this infection is candida albicans. The symptoms for this is from a yeast like infection that has a raised, moist red itchy areas surrounded by small blisters or scales. They occur mostly in moist folds of your body such as, corners of your mouth, uncircumcised men, armpits, groin, under breast, around nails, between fingers and toes. The common fungal infections also include jock itch, vaginal infection, athlete's foot and ringworm.
Itching: Diabetes often causes localized itching. It can be caused by poor circulation, dry skin or a yeast infection. If it is caused by poor circulation, the itchiest parts would be the lower extremities.
Diabetic Dermopathy: This causes small changes in the blood vessels. It looks like light brown, scaly patches in a circular or oval pattern. This is most commonly mistaken for old age and will show on the front or back part of the legs. The patches do not hurt, open up or itch in any manner.
Diabetic Blisters: Rarely, individuals with diabetes erupt in blisters, but when they do it happens on legs, forearms, back of fingers, hands or toes. These blisters often look like burn blisters, do not have redness around them and are not painful. The good news is they do heal by themselves in approximately three weeks but you have to have the blood sugar under control.
Necrobiosis Lipoidica Diabeticordum: This is another one that does affect the small blood vessels, it is similar to diabetic dermopathy but they are fewer, deeper and larger. It will start as a dull, red raised area. It looks like a shiny scar with a violet border and the blood vessels beneath the skin become easier to see. Sometimes it will be itchy and painful with the patches that crack or open. If they do, consult your doctor immediately to help heal them.
Eruptive Xanthomatosis: This occurs when diabetes is out of control and looks like firm, yellow, pea like spots with a red halo that will itch. This mostly occurs on the backs of hands, feet, arms, legs and even your buttocks. This often occurs in young men with diabetes out of control and high cholesterol. Like diabetic blisters, these bumps do disappear with your blood sugar under control.
This is a list to inform you of the symptoms that you may be having, to guide you on the proper way to handle it. In any case where you have questions, it is always best to consult your doctor immediately. There is a patient who had an irritation on his foot, he thought it was not a big deal because he had just bought new shoes. He left it go and it spread rapidly ending with dead tissue in just ten days. He needed surgery in the end and was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 50. The picture shows how quickly it can turn into something more significant than what it should of been.
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