Does having diabetes affect my risk of skin disease?

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Diabetes can affect every part of the body, including the skin. As many as 33 percent of people with diabetes will have a skin disorder caused or affected by diabetes at some time in their lives. In fact, such problems are sometimes the first sign that a person has diabetes. Luckily, most skin conditions can be prevented or easily treated if caught early.

There are many kinds of infections that can affect the skin:

  • Bacterial infections. Staph (STAF) bacteria is the most common and serious type. It can cause infection on the eyelid or boils on other parts of your body. The infection can spread into the skin and become quite serious. Antibiotics are used as treatment.
  • Fungal infections. These infections occur in warm, moist areas such as between your toes, in the groin and under the breasts. Infections in the vagina and penis are more likely when blood glucose levels are high. Types of fungal infections include yeast, jock itch, athlete's feet and ringworm. Untreated fungal infections can be dangerous because they allow for more serious bacterial infections to enter the body.

If you think you have a yeast or fungal infection, call your doctor. You will need a prescription medicine to cure it.

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