How can Diabetes Affect your Skin?

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Nov 15, 2014

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  • Diabetics are at higher risk of bacterial infection.
  • Candida albicans fungal infection can occur in diabetics.
  • Diabetes patients experience itching on several body parts.
  • Diabetes may lead to vitiligo.

Almost one-third people suffering from diabetes have skin problems at some point their lives. In some cases, skin problems can also become a warning sign of diabetes. However, the best part is that many of the skin conditions caused by diabetes can be treated easily if diagnosed at an early stage. Some of the common skin problems due to diabetes are listed here.

Diabetes and Skin Problems

Bacterial Infection

Anyone can catch a bacterial infection but, diabetics are at a higher risk. The most comoon skin problems experienced by diabetics include eyelid styes, boils, nail infection and carbuncles. Application of antibiotic creams and consumption of pills can cure the infection.

Fungal Infections

Diabetics are at a higher risk of fungal infections, especially the one called Candida albicans. The fungus creates a red, itchy rash which is frequently surrounded by small blister and scales. This mostly occurs in warm, moist areas like armpits or between the toes.

Diabetes and Skin Problems


In diabetics the most common causes of itching can be yeast infection, dry skin or poor circulation. When there is a poor circulation of blood, the lower legs may itch a lot. If you experience itching problems try to bathe less and whenever you do try to use a mild soap. Use a moisturizer for dry skin and avoid applying it in between the toes.


A condition in which the melanin producing skin cells are destroyed is known as vitiligo. The condition results in irregular, blotchy patches that occur on the hands, face or chest. The cause of the condition is not known but, the scientists believe that autoimmune condition like type 1 diabetes can cause the condition.

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