Skin Complications with Diabetes
Some examples of bacterial skin infections that commonly occur in patients with diabetes include styes, boils, folliculitis, carbuncles, and infections around the nails. The most commonly occurring pathogen causing bacterial skin infections is Staphylococcus bacteria.
Athlete’s foot and ringworm caused by candida albicans are two types of fungal infections that can cause patients to develop itchy, red, and moist areas on the skin that are surrounded by tiny blisters and scales. These infections often occur in the warm, moist folds of the skin.
In addition to bacterial and fungal infections, individuals with diabetes are more likely to experience itchy skin, which is thought to be caused by dryness or poor circulation. Other skin problems that occur primarily in patients with diabetes include diabetic dermopathy, necrobiosis lipoidica diabeticorum, diabetic blisters, and eruptive xanthomatosis.
Managing Skin Complications in Patients with Diabetes
Yvette C. Terrie, BSPharm, RPh