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i have a small infected area on my stomach which looked like a pimple but is now a square im also a diabetic

By Anonymous September 8, 2011 - 8:22am
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Hi Anon

Thank you for your post!

According to the American Diabetes Association, "As many as 33 percent of people with diabetes will have a skin disorder caused or affected by diabetes at some time in their lives."

Also, from the ADA:

Diabetes-Related Skin Conditions

Diabetic Dermopathy

Diabetes can cause changes in the small blood vessels. These changes can cause skin problems called diabetic dermopathy.

Dermopathy often looks like light brown, scaly patches. These patches may be oval or circular. Some people mistake them for age spots. This disorder most often occurs on the front of both legs. But the legs may not be affected to the same degree. The patches do not hurt, open up, or itch.

Dermopathy is harmless and doesn't need to be treated.

Necrobiosis Lipoidica Diabeticorum

Another disease that may be caused by changes in the blood vessels is necrobiosis lipoidica diabeticorum (NLD). NLD causes spots similar to diabetic dermopathy, but they are fewer, larger, and deeper.

NLD often starts as a dull, red, raised area. After a while, it looks like a shiny scar with a violet border. The blood vessels under the skin may become easier to see. Sometimes NLD is itchy and painful. Sometimes the spots crack open.

NLD is a rare condition. Adult women are the most likely to get it. As long as the sores do not break open, you do not need to have it treated. But if you get open sores, see your doctor for treatment. "

You can read a lot more here: http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/complications/skin-complications.html

Anon, what is on your stomach may have nothing to do with your diabetes but either way, if it's infected, you really should see a doctor.


September 8, 2011 - 10:36am
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