Diabetes And Skin Disorders

Some skin conditions have no known cause. Many permanent skin disorders may arise from a combination of genetic susceptibility and environmental stressors, such as illness, allergens, or exposure to irritants.

In addition, some health conditions and lifestyle factors are linked with specific skin disorders.

According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), about one-third of all people with diabetes will have a skin problem caused or affected by diabetes at some point in their lives. Some of these skin problems are exclusive to people with diabetes, but others occur because diabetics may be more susceptible to circulation and infection problems.

Diabetes-related skin conditions include:

  • bacterial infections (boils, styes, folliculitis, carbuncles, and nail infections)
  • fungal infections (athlete’s foot, ringworm, and common yeast infections)
  • diabetic dermopathy
  • necrobiosis lipoidica diabeticorum
  • atherosclerosis
  • bullosis diabeticorum
  • eruptive xanthomatosis
  • digital sclerosis
  • disseminated granuloma annulare
  • acanthosis nigricans

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