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Skin Problems in Diabetics: An Overview

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The following are some of the different kinds of skin problems uncontrolled diabetes could contribute to:

1. Scleroderma:
a. a rare skin condition.
b. mostly affects type 2 diabetics.
c. characterized by thickening of the skin on neck, back and upper back.
d. use of lotions and moisturizers recommended.

2. Vitiligo:
a. common in type 1 diabetics.
b. skin discoloration as a result of destroyed pigment cells.

c. shows as patches on chest, abdomen, mouth nostrils and eyes.
d. treatment includes topical steroids.

3. Acanthosis nigricans:
a. darkening and thickening of skin in the skin folds.
b. affects back of the neck, armpits, breasts and groin area.
c. mostly affects overweight people.
d. usually there is no treatment for this condition.

4. Reduced blood supply:
a. caused by atherosclerosis (narrowing of blood vessels).
b. results in hair loss from low oxygen supply, thinning of skin, thickening and discoloration of toe nails, and having cold skin, legs and feet.
c. wounds heal slowly.

5. Necrobiosis Lipoidica Diabeticorum:
a. causes lesions with changes in collagen and fat content under the skin.
b. lower parts of legs become itchy and painful.

6. Diabetic dermopathy:
a. skin spots appear.
b. shiny, round or oval lesions of skin present on the front parts of lower legs.
c. these lesions do not hurt and treatment is not needed.

7. Digital Sclerosis:
a. affects toes, fingers and hands.
b. skin becomes thick, waxy and tight.
c. finger joints become stiff.
d. best treatment is to control blood sugar levels.

8. Rashes and bumps:
a. could be the result of reactions to different foods, insect bites, medicines and infections at insulin sites.

9. Diabetic Blisters:
a. could happen on fingers, hands, toes, feet, legs, and forearms.
b. they are usually painless and heal on their own.
c. They are usually the result of constant high levels of blood sugars and diabetic neuropathy


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