Diabetes affects every part of your body, especially your skin. Skin problems are sometimes the first sign of diabetes. Also, if you’re diabetic, you’re prone to skin issues more than others. You might also suffer from skin ailments that are uncommon among non-diabetic people.
✔ If you’re diabetic, you are prone to bacterial infections more than others do. Some bacteria can infest your eyes, hair follicles, nails and other parts of the skin, causing severe skin conditions.
✔ You might easily develop fungal infections in skin folds such as under your breasts, armpits, lap area or around the nails, between fingers and toes, in the corners of the mouth.
✔ Infections like jock itch, athlete’s foot, ringworm, and vaginal infection might affect you and cause severe itching.
✔ Skin irritation and itching too are often caused by diabetes. Yeast infection, dry skin, and poor blood circulation easily affect lower parts of your legs, if you’re diabetic.
✔ Skin problems strike diabetic people who are very overweight. Tan or brown raised areas appear on the sides of your neck, armpits and groin. Sometimes they also occur on your hands, elbows and knees.
✔ Light brown, scaly patches occur on the front of both legs. Luckily, these patches do not hurt, open up, or itch.
✔ The blood vessels under the skin may become visible due to a rare skin condition called NLD. Adult diabetic women are the most likely to get it.
✔ Sometimes you may even develop Skin Allergies like rashes and bumps due to the intake of diabetes pills or insulin administration. You should see your Dermatologist if you think you are having an allergic reaction to certain medicines.
✔ Rarely, some of you might develop blisters on the backs of fingers, hands, toes, feet and sometimes on legs or forearms. The only treatment to blisters is to bring blood sugar levels under control.
✔ Sometimes, people with diabetes develop tight, thick, waxy skin on the backs of their hands. Sometimes, the skin on the toes and forehead also becomes thick. This condition happens to about 1/3rd of people who have type 1 diabetes. Again, the only treatment is to bring blood sugar levels under control.
Dermatologists say that people with diabetes can reduce their chances of skin infections by practising good skin care routine.
Get a Customised Skin Care Routine from a Dermatologist for your Diabetic Health Conditions
There are many skin care guidelines you can follow to prevent diabetes-related skin problems: