Some people with diabetes may experience minor skin conditions. These conditions may be annoying, but most of them are not harmful to your health. By testing and injecting often to keep your blood glucose within target, you can also help to prevent skin problems.
Diabetes-related skin conditions include:
Dry skin. High blood glucose increases fluid loss, which dries out the skin. Dry skin can crack, allowing bacteria and germs to enter and cause infections.
Thickening of the skin, especially of the hands, due to changes in skin collagen. There is no clinical importance to this, other than its association with diabetes.
Yellowing of the nails, palms of the hands and soles of the feet. This is believed to occur because sugar molecules in the bloodstream attach to proteins. This yellowing is not a health concern.
Facial blush, redness around the nails and brown spots on legs. These are caused by thickened capillary walls and increased 'viscosity' (coagulation) of the blood.
Yeast infections. These tend to occur in moist areas where skin touches skin, such as the space between the fingers or the genital area.
Fungal infections under the nails. The nails become yellow and thicker. They may also crack. This type of infection needs to be treated with medication prescribed by your doctor.
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