A disease where your blood sugar level is too high is called diabetes. There are 3 major types of diabetes that can develop in a human body. Type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. Type 1 occurs when the body can’t produce insulin, people affected with type 1 take artificial insulin to survive. Type 2 occurs when your body do not respond to the insulin like it once did, this is the most common type of diabetes people have. Gestational diabetes attacks women during pregnancy because their bodies become less sensitive to insulin. This type resolves after giving birth. It affects many parts of your body, which also includes your skin. Now let’s talk about the skin conditions that occurs, when you have undiagnosed diabetes or when you are not getting treated for it properly.

Patches on your skin

These patches begin with looking like pimples, but later these pimples turn into patches of swollen and hard skin. These patches are yellow, reddish or brown in color. Your skin gets itchy and painful too during this skin condition. If you haven’t been diagnosed with diabetes yet, get tested for it and if you already have, then go see a dermatologist.

Dark velvety patches on your skin

These dark velvet looking patches occur on the back of your neck, armpit or elsewhere. This means that the insulin present in your blood is very high. Your skin can become thick too. Unfortunately, there is no skin treatment for this condition, but it may lighten up with time.


While this condition is rare, but it may affect some diabetic patients. You will see blisters suddenly appearing on your skin. These blisters occur on your legs, feet, arm and are painless. See your doctor so that you can get treated and prevent your blisters from getting infected.

Skin infection

If you have diabetes, you tend to get skin infections. If you notice hot, swollen skin that is painful or have an itchy rash or tiny blisters, get immediate treatment for it.

Open wounds

Diabetes can make it hard for your body to heal wounds. These are called diabetic ulcers. This happens because of the poor circulation and nerve damage that happens when you have high blood sugar for a long time. So, it’s better to take immediate medical care when you see an open wound.

Outbreak of small bumps

These bumps are found on your buttocks, thighs, elbows, knees and has a yellowish color. These bumps are usually tender and itchy. This skin condition appears when you have uncontrolled diabetes.

Extremely dry skin

When you have diabetes, it is normal for you to have dry and itchy skin because of your high blood sugar. Having it under control can help you get rid of dry itchy skin. If you still have dry skin, you can see a dermatologist.

If you notice any of these skin conditions and are not diagnosed with diabetes yet, see a doctor immediately.

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