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Skin lesions that may suggest you have Diabetes

Diabetes is one of the most documented metabolic conditions with more side effects known, not only on the metabolism but also in other organs, including the skin. The most known signs and symptoms are polydipsia, polyuria, weight loss, and increased sugar levels. 

It is a health condition known for increased risk of skin lesions and pigmentations, folliculitis, and fungal infections, most of which are caused by slow and poor circulation.  One of the main skin signs of Diabetes is Acanthosis Nigricans, which is hyperpigmentation of areas like the neck and underarms. 

What are other skin signs that may suggest you have Diabetes?

  • Dark patches or hyperpigmentation in areas like neck, groin, under arms and any other place, also known as Acanthosis Nigricans. This is the most evident sign and it is usually linked with Pre-Diabetes. 
  • Brown or reddish patches on your skin also can be presented with itchiness and visible blood vessels; it is known as Necrobiosis Lipoidica.
  • Thickening skin, especially in areas like the back of your hands or toes, is known as Digital Sclerosis.
  • Skin infections: People with Diabetes have a higher risk of suffering from any skin infection; you can notice skin rashes or flaky skin with yellowish or white discharge. 

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About the Author: Dr. Angelica Parra is a Licensed Medical Doctor from Venezuela and is currently taking a Master’s degree in Dermatology.  She specialized in Aesthetic Medicine and completed Advanced Training in Non-surgical Facial Rejuvenation in Miami, Florida. She has specialized in applying Botox, dermal fillers, skin tightening treatments, and since then, she has worked on cruise ships as an Aesthetic Doctor.

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