Diabetes Related Skin Conditions

A man using a handheld mirror to examine his skin(BlackDoctor.org) — If you have diabetes, it’s very important to be aware of potentially serious skin conditions and problems related to the disease, and to see your doctor before the problem gets out of control. In most cases, skin problems in diabetes can be managed with early diagnosis and treatment.

Skin Conditions Linked to Diabetes
• Scleroderma diabeticorum.
While rare, this skin problem affects people with type 2 diabetes, causing a thickening of the skin on the back of the neck and upper back. The treatment involves controlling your blood sugar level. Lotions and moisturizers may help soften skin.

• Vitiligo. Vitiligo, a skin problem more commonly associated with type 1 diabetes than type 2 diabetes, affects skin coloration. With vitiligo, the special cells that control skin color are destroyed, resulting in patches of discolored skin. Vitiligo often affects the chest and abdomen, but may be found on the face around the mouth, nostrils, and eyes. Current treatment options for vitiligo include topical steroids and micropigmentation (tattooing). If you have vitiligo, you should use sunscreen with a SPF of 15 or higher to prevent sunburn on the discolored skin.

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