In people with diabetes, disseminated granuloma annulare forms rings or arcs on the fingers, hands, feet and ears. The rash may be red, reddish-brown or skin tone. It doesn't cause pain, but it may itch. Many times this will heal without therapy.
This condition is also known as shin spots, and it's harmless. The spots look like red or brown round patches or lines in the skin and are common in people with diabetes. They appear on the front of your legs (your shins) and are often confused with age spots.
Diabetes rash can refer to several skin conditions that may be associated with diabetes, but the most common is acanthosis nigricans. This is a common condition associated with diabetes. It leads to slightly darker, velvety patches of skin that form in the neck, armpits, groin, or other folds of skin.
The rash may be red, red-brown, or skin-colored. This diabetes-related skin condition usually does not require treatment, but it may become severe enough to warrant seeking treatment from our dermatologists. Treatments may include prescribed medications, such as steroids, to clear up the diabetes rash.
Occurring more frequently in people over 50, diabetic dermopathy (DD) is a common skin condition in diabetes. In those with DD, scaly brown patches may develop on the front of the legs. The patches aren't usually painful. Sometimes mistaken for age spots, they're harmless and don't need to be treated.
What does a diabetic skin rash look like? Various skin changes can occur with diabetes, such as granuloma annulare, a ring-shaped rash of raised bumps that may appear red, red-brown, pink, purplish, or the same color as your skin.
Shin Spots (Diabetic Dermopathy)
High blood sugar from diabetes damages small blood vessels and causes these brownish patches. These roundish, rough spots often appear on your shins. Dermopathy is usually harmless and should fade away in 18 months or so.
Diabetes can cause changes in the small blood vessels. These changes can cause skin problems called diabetic dermopathy. Dermopathy often looks like light brown, scaly patches. These patches may be oval or circular.
If acanthosis nigricans is due to a medical condition, such as diabetes, treating the underlying disease can help clear up dark patches of skin. Weight loss and exercise to reverse insulin resistance can often fade acanthosis nigricans.
Before nerve damage starts to occur for people with diabetes, high levels of cytokines circulate the body. These are inflammatory substances that can lead to itching. Recent research suggests that the increase in cytokines might eventually have a relationship with diabetic nerve damage.
Affected skin may present with scaling, cracks, or a rough texture. These skin changes are most frequently located on the feet of patients with diabetes. It has been reported that diabetic patients that are obese will experience more severe hypohidrosis of the feet (63A).
What does diabetes itching feel like? If you have diabetes, itching can be intense. It's an irritating feeling that makes it hard not to scratch, but scratching can make the itch worse. You can itch anywhere, but if you have nerve damage (neuropathy) associated with diabetes, your lower legs may itch.
Acanthosis nigricans: This condition is most common in people with type 2 diabetes. It causes darkened and thickened skin, especially in skin folds. It looks like a small wart. Skin becomes tan or brown.
One possible sign of prediabetes is darkened skin on certain parts of the body. Affected areas can include the neck, armpits and groin. Classic signs and symptoms that suggest you've moved from prediabetes to type 2 diabetes include: Increased thirst.
Diabetic dermopathy appears as pink to red or tan to dark brown patches, and it is most frequently found on the lower legs. The patches are slightly scaly and are usually round or oval. Long-standing patches may become faintly indented (atrophic).
Symptoms include sexual problems, digestive issues (a condition called gastroparesis), trouble sensing when your bladder is full, dizziness and fainting, or not knowing when your blood sugar is low.
Vegetables that belong to the cabbage family such as cauliflower, Brussels, broccoli, and sprouts should never be consumed raw. These vegetables contain sugar that is difficult to digest. Eating these vegetables raw may lead to a number of gastronomical problems.
For most people with diabetes, fruits — including bananas — are a healthy choice. However, some people who are following low carb diets need to watch their total carbohydrate intake to stay within their daily carb allotment. This means foods higher in carbs, including bananas, have to be limited on low carb diets.
See your doctor or a skin disease specialist (dermatologist) if the itching: Lasts more than two weeks and doesn't improve with self-care measures. Is severe and distracts you from your daily routines or prevents you from sleeping. Comes on suddenly and can't be easily explained.