Skin Complications Caused by Diabetes

Diabetes causes high levels of blood sugar that result in damaging effects in every part of the body, including the skin. In fact, the skin is one of the first places that symptoms of diabetes first exhibit.

Some of the common skin complications associated with diabetes include:

  • Infections from fungi and bacteria—Diabetes causes a decreased immune system response that can increase the time needed to properly combat infections from fungi and bacteria. Nail infections, skin ulcers, and boils can be the result. Fungi thrive in the dark, warm and moist areas of the body, often causing problems with the skin on the feet.
  • Vitiligo—This is a diabetic skin condition that results from disruption of the production of melanin and causes patches of skin discoloration.
  • Itching—Infections, dry skin and cardiovascular problems can lead to itchy skin.
  • Wounds—Due to the loss of feeling that is caused by diabetic neuropathy, injuries can be difficult to detect without regular visual inspections. Something as simple as a blister or small scrape can rapidly become infected and develop into an ulcer that can be difficult to heal and may lead to the need for amputation.

By taking good care of your skin on a daily basis and managing your blood glucose levels, you can prevent and lessen the severity of diabetic skin conditions.

Your skin care professional can help you formulate a skin care regimen to help mitigate complications from diabetes. Dr. Juan Vaillant of Old Bridge Dermatology has been treating patients for hair, skin, and nail problems for over 30 years, and has the extensive background needed to help address a variety of dermatological issues. Dr. Vaillant has successfully treated acne, eczema, dandruff, hair loss, psoriasis, and nail fungus. If you are looking for an amiable, highly skilled dermatologist, call our office in Old Bridge, NJ at (732) 679-0222 and make an appointment.