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Diabetes and Mottled Skin

Posted on April 9, 2014 | No Comments on Diabetes and Mottled Skin

A mottled skin is a skin condition characterized by discoloration of skin in irregular patches. It is often described as dark spots located on the lower extremities of the legs or shins. There are many causes of mottled skin. This condition can be experienced by people with depression, multiple sclerosis, acne cystic, back pain, rheumatoid arthritis. However, diabetics are also vulnerable to have mottled skin which constitutes part of diabetic dermopathy, which is often accompanied by hair loss, cold toes, nail changes, and edema. In other words, diabetes can be a cause of mottled skin. But these rashes also appear among people who are at risk of diabetes, or have a family history of diabetes.

Mottled Skin caused by diabetes occurs primarily because of poorer blood circulation, which disallows the skin especially in its extremities to receive proper nutrition and moisture that it need to combat skin infections. This is especially true when blood sugar levels are high because high blood sugar levels tend to harden the arteries making blood circulation more difficult. Thus, the blood is unable to carry antibodies and nutrition to the skin, which makes it vulnerable to infection, which could lead to mottling.

The logical treatment to mottled skin caused by diabetes is monitor and control blood sugar levels. This means preventing sugar levels to spike up. Mottled skin can also be prevented by proper feet hygiene and care. This is preventing germs and bacteria from attacking the skin, which the body has difficulty fighting due to poor blood circulation. It also further advised that the diabetic patient put lotion in the skin to moisturize it.

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