5 Tips to Treat Diabetes Skin Rash

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Ahh..the urge to scratch becomes quite persistent for me.

Have you been experiencing something similar? This could be a sign of diabetes!

Your skin can actually be telling you what’s happening inside your body, sometimes in the form of itchy rashes. A skin rash could be the first sign of prediabetes/diabetes.

In fact, sometimes, and it’s only later when you consult your doctor – you find out that your rash is because of diabetes/prediabetes!

But worry not; this can absolutely be managed, even if you have diabetes and follow certain skin hygiene practices.

In this blog, we will explain how to identify if you have diabetes skin rash and how to treat/manage it.

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Why Does Diabetes Cause Rashes?

People with diabetes might experience rashes as a symptom.

  • As diabetes complications affect multiple organs, including your skin, rashes may appear as a part of its impact.
  • If you notice any rash, it’s advisable to see a doctor, as it could be related to diabetes.

Your body might experience rashes for several reasons, particularly in relation to diabetes:

Several Reasons for Diabetes Skin Rash

1) As an Initial Sign

Rashes can surface as an early symptom/sign of diabetes, indicating changes in your body’s glucose levels.

2) Complications from diabetes

Prolonged high blood sugar levels can lead to skin complications, including rashes.

3) Allergic reactions

These may occur alongside diabetes, possibly as allergic reactions to foods, environmental factors, or other triggers, complicating skin health.

4) Medication side effects

Drugs, such as steroids and other treatments for diabetes or its complications, can induce rashes as a side effect.

5) Drug interactions

Sometimes, the combination of 2 or more medications for diabetes and other conditions can lead to adverse reactions, including skin rashes.

How to Identify Diabetes-related Skin Rash?

Irrespective of having diabetes or not, below is what you should look out for:

  • Red or skin-colored bumps that might be itchy
  • Dry, scaly patches
  • Rashes that seem to have tiny blisters
  • Areas that are unusually dark or light

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What are the Treatments for Diabetes Skin Rash?

Treatment for diabetes skin rash depends on your skin condition and the severity of the rash.

In certain cases, medication may be required; it is better to consult your doctor/dermatologist.

However, you can easily manage your diabetes skin rash by following simple skin hygiene practices such as:

1) Moisturize Regularly

Keeping your skin hydrated is key. Choose a harmful chemical-free or less fragrance-free moisturizer and apply it right after bathing to lock in moisture.

2) Control Your Blood Sugar

Keeping your blood sugar levels in check helps prevent skin problems from either developing or getting worse.

3) Stay Clean and Dry

Fungal infections love moist environments. Keep areas such as underarms and genitals clean and dry as they are prone to infection.

4) Wear Breathable Clothing

Clothes that let your skin breathe can reduce irritation and prevent rashes from worsening.

5) Mind Your Baths

Avoid very hot water and harsh soaps that can dry out your skin. Opt for mild, moisturizing cleansers instead.

When to See a Doctor?

The moment when you notice a rash and your blood sugar levels are rising, it’s time to see your doctor (diabetologist & dermatologist).

They will identify your condition and, depending upon it will prescribe medications and future course of action.

Prevention is always better than cure. Alongside controlling your blood sugar, maintain good skin care habits, stay hydrated, and protect your skin from extreme temperatures and harsh chemicals.

How Can Fitterfly Help You?

At Fitterfly, we understand that managing diabetes well is key to minimizing complications like diabetes rash.

Our Diabetes Prime Program is designed to support you in every aspect of diabetes care, making it easier to keep your blood sugar levels in check and reduce the risk of skin-related issues.

All you need to do is give us a missed call on 08069450746 or check out Fitterfly’s Diabetes Prime Program and choose according to your needs.

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What are the treatments for diabetes skin rash?

To treat skin rashes associated with diabetes, it's recommended to: 1. Regularly moisturize with gentle, fragrance-free products. 2. Control your blood sugar levels to reduce the risk of rashes. 3. Keep the skin clean and dry, especially in areas prone to moisture. 4. Wear breathable clothing to help prevent irritation. 5. Choose lukewarm water and mild soaps for bathing to avoid skin dryness.

- By Fitterfly Health-Team