Magazine article Ebony

Diabetes and Skin Care

Magazine article Ebony

Diabetes and Skin Care

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Diabetes can affect every part of the body, including the skin. As many as one-third of people with diabetes will have a skin disorder caused or affected by diabetes at some time in their lives. In fact, such problems are sometimes the first sign that a person has diabetes.

Conditions that diabetics might face include the following:

BACTERIAL INFECTIONS

Several kinds of bacterial infections occur in people with diabetes, including styes, boils, or infections of the hair follicles. At one time, bacterial infections were life-threatening, especially for people with diabetes. Today, death is rare.

FUNGAL INFECTIONS

The culprit in fungal infections of people with diabetes is often Candida albicans. This yeast-like fungus can create itchiness, often occurring in warm, moist folds of the skin.

ITCHING

Localized itching is often caused by diabetes. It can be caused by a yeast infection, dry skin or poor circulation.

ATHEROSCLEROSIS

As atherosclerosis narrows the blood vessels, the skin changes. It becomes hairless, thin, cool and shiny. The toes become cold. Toenails thicken and discolor. And exercise causes pain in the calf muscles because the muscles are not getting enough oxygen.

Because blood carries the infection-fighting white cells, affected legs heal slowly when the skin in injured. Even minor scrapes can result in open sores that heal slowly.

DIABETIC BLISTERS

Diabetic blisters can occur on the backs of fingers, hands, toes, feet, and sometimes, on legs or forearms. …

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