Why should a diabetes patient see a dermatologist?

When blood glucose levels are high, the body produces extra urine to rid itself of excess blood glucose. This results in dehydration, which causes dry skin. Having diabetes also increases your risk of developing skin infections, especially if your glucose levels are often above normal. For instance, staphylococcal skin infections can cause itchy spots on buttocks, knees, and elbows. Your best weapon against dry skin is to keep your glucose within your target ranges through diet, exercise, and medication.
Should a skin infection or other skin problem develop, see a dermatologist right away, when treatment is most effective. Dermatologists are medical doctors with special training in skin disorders. Your diabetes care provider or local ADA office can provide a referral for a dermatologist, if needed

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