There are a number of skin problems associated with diabetes , especially type 2 diabetes. For some people, skin problems are the first sign of diabetes. Most of these conditions are easily treatable, especially when caught and treated early. Keeping your glucose stable and proper skin care are the best ways to prevent skin problems.
Anyone can get bacterial infections of the skin, however, those with diabetes are more prone to these types of infections. The most common cause of bacterial infections is the Staphylococcus bacteria. They include:
Infections of hair follicles
Infections of the nails
Areas of infections are red, swollen and may be warm to the touch. They are usually painful.
Fungal infections cause rashes that may have small blisters and be scaly. They often are itchy. Fungal infections are most often found in moist folds of the skin, such as between toes and fingers, in the armpit and groin, under t...
Your skin may change color during breast cancer treatment, sometimes taking on a red color, turning darker, or looking black, blue, green, or yellow (as if you have a bruise).
Breast cancer treatments that may cause skin discoloration:
Some pain medications also may affect the color of your skin.
Skin discoloration also can happen if you're experiencing other treatment side effects such as a rash or an injection reaction .
Learn more about managing radiation-related skin side effects in the Radiation Therapy section.
Managing skin discoloration
In most cases, skin discoloration fades after you finish treatment. If you're concerned about a change in the color of your skin, talk to your doctor.
Resurfacing Treatments There are many choices for skin resurfacing (also called exfoliation), and you must consider several different factors when making your choice. Resurfacing can achieve the following: Removal of abnormal tissue and rough skin Stimulation of new skin growth Stimulation of collagen and elastin production In addition to determining the skill of the surgeon and the safety of the procedure, discuss the desired depth of the resurfacing and the capability of each procedure to reach this depth safely. All resurfacing procedures require a healing period afterward, during which the skin is red and sensitive. The deeper the procedure, the higher the risk for complications, including delayed healing, infection, loss of pigment (skin color), and scarring. If you make the decision to pursue intensive treatments, consider the following factors, among others, and discuss them with your dermatologist or plastic surgeon: The ability of the procedure to safely reduce wrinkles The ease and ...
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