Top signs of diabetic skin disease you need to know

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Diabetes can cause changes in the small blood vessels. These changes can cause skin problems called diabetic dermopathy.

This skin condition often begins as small raised solid bumps that look like pimples.

As it progresses, these bumps turn into patches of swollen and hard skin. The patches can be yellow, reddish, or brown.

Research has found that decreased blood circulation can lead to changes in the skin’s collagen.

This changes the skin’s texture, appearance, and ability to heal. Damage to the skin cells can even interfere with your ability to sweat. It can also increase your sensitivity to temperature and pressure.

If you notice any of the following warning signs on your skin, it’s time to talk with your doctor.

Yellow, reddish, or brown patches on your skin

Darker area of skin that feels like velvet

Hard, thickening skin


Skin infections

Open sores and wounds

Shin spots

Outbreak of small, reddish-yellow bumps

Red or skin-colored raised bumps

Extremely, dry itchy skin

Yellowish scaly patches on and around your eyelids

Skin tags

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