People with diabetes may experience skin problems that are specific to diabetes or that could affect the general population but occur more frequently with diabetes. Skin conditions can have serious sequela but even if they are benign it is important to remember that their appearance may cause significant psychological distress. Recognition of these skin conditions allows appropriate management, much of which can be undertaken in primary care.
This is the first of two articles on diabetes skin problems: the next article will focus on skin infections and foot ulceration in people with diabetes.
Diabetic dermopathy – skin spots