A diabetic rash can be the first warning sign of the onset of diabetes, and if this is the case you should find out about any and all important information about the diabetes rash. It should be noted that the diabetic rash that is described are found mainly in people that suffer from Type 2 diabetics. The two main skin conditions that are associated with diabetes would be: Vitiligo and Scleroderma diabeticorum, but there are also a few other types. Each one of these conditions has their own types of markings which I will describe for you.
Identify your Diabetic Rash:
- Vitiligo – The pigment of the skin which provides color is destroyed and these results in discolored patches mainly around the chest and abdomen, and on occasion it can affect the areas around the eyes, nostrils and mouth.
- Acanthosis Nigricans – This type of diabetes is due to a weight problem and of course the only solution is to speak to a nutritionist for some sort of healthy diet plan to achieve the necessary weight loss. The skin thickens and darkens in the folds of the skin; the treatment of this type of skin rash is to address the underlying condition (obesity and diabetes).
- Scleroderma diabeticorum – This is a skin condition that often appears on the neck as well as the upper back. It makes skin thick and appears as if your skin is dirty. You can prevent this skin rash by maintaining properly balanced sugar levels in your body.
- Erythrasma – This is a diabetic rash that will appear in the folds in your skin. It commonly affects the neck, groin and armpits. This skin rash is common among diabetics that have an excessive weight problem.
- Diabetic Dermopathy – Over 30% of diabetic patients will have this type of rash that is commonly found on the leg area – but can also show on other parts of your body.
- Eczema – is a skin rash that causes the skin to be dry, itchy and red. It is not limited to people that have diabetes; but it is common in people that have to deal with the disease.
- Digital Sclerosis – This skin condition will affect your fingers and toes, mostly due to poor circulation. These areas will become stiff, thick and have a waxy feel to them. This skin condition can be controlled by bringing your blood sugar level within normal range and kept under control, also moisturizers can help the your skin feel soft.
- Eruptive Xanthomatosis: will show up around your buttocks and/or face area; looking like a yellowish colored pea shaped bump surrounded by a red circle. These bumps are very itchy and can be prevented by keeping the amount of fats in your blood at a low level.
Besides keeping your blood sugar within control and managing your diabetes with medications, exercise and proper nutrition.
It is also important to keep track of where your diabetic rash is located so it can be properly identified and diagnosed by your health care professional.