Diabetic Dermatitis

Understanding Diabetic Dermatitis

Common symptoms of diabetes such as frequent urination are well documented in books and medical literature; however, some symptoms, such as skin diseases or diabetic dermititis, also common among diabetics get little to no attention. Yet about one in three diabetics suffer with this irritating skin problem.

The cause of Diabetic Dermatitis or skin inflammatory may be due to the fast loss of liquid in the body that makes it dry and more prone to skin diseases and infections. On the other hand, some skin problems occur as a result of the treatment they are receiving.

The easiest way to avoid skin diseases and infections is to educate yourself about the problem and how to solve it. Listed below are the regular skin infections that most diabetics experience.

Itching
Most diabetics experience itching or skin inflammatory due to diabetes that makes them feel burning and hot. Commonly experienced by all types of diabetics, itching makes the skin swollen and reddish in color.

Frequently continued scratching of the skin results in wounds, which the body is unable to heal easily since the blood circulations in the vessels are blocked.

Fungal and bacterial infection is a common reason for itching. Athlete’s foot and ringworm are some of the common fungal and yeast infections that accompany diabetes. These can often be treated with prescription medicines from your doctor.

Genital itching is not uncommon in type 1 diabetics and pregnant women. To minimize further itching, take a bath with mild soaps especially the one with moisturizer and use lotion or creams after bathing.

Darkening of the skin
The darkening of the skin among diabetics may be caused by Acanthosis Nigricans which is a condition of the skin where tan or brown color darkens the areas of the groin, neck, elbows, knees, armpits, and the hands. Diabetics who often experience Acanthosis Nigricans are often those who are overweight.

Luckily, this condition can be prevented by losing weight and some creams that dermatologist prescribe. Creams help the spots look less dark and a lot better.

Skin Patch
Some experience Diabetic Dermopathy or a skin problem that is caused by the changes in the small blood vessels. The result of this condition, brings patches which looks like age spots on the legs. Spots or patches are light brown in color. It doesn’t itch or hurt so doctors declared it as safe and it does not require any treatment.

Skin Reactions
Skin reactions are mostly experienced when diabetes treatments and pills react negatively to the skin such as Insulin. Bumps and rashes are evident when insulin is injected in the body. If skin reaction continues, seek your dermatologist or doctor about it.

Fortunately, Diabetic Dermatitis or skin problems due to diabetes can be easily cured when treated and diagnosed early. To  prevent further problems, be sure to consult your physician for professional advice and treatment options best in your particular case.