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What is necrobiosis lipoidica and how is it related to diabetes?

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You can develop necrobiosis lipoidica if you've had diabetes for a long time and haven't maintained good control of your blood sugar. Poor blood supply to the skin can cause changes in the collagen and fat underneath. The overlaying skin becomes thin and red. Most lesions are found on the lower parts of the legs and can turn into an ulcer if there's trauma. Lesions have fairly well-defined borders. Sometimes, the condition is itchy and painful. As long as the sores don't break open, you won't need treatment for them. If the sores do break open, see your doctor.

From: Diabetes and Your Skin WebMD Medical Reference

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American Diabetes Association: "Skin Complications."

American Family Physician: " Onychomycosis: Current Trends in Diagnosis and Treatment."

 

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on December 25, 2018

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: "Skin Complications."

American Family Physician: " Onychomycosis: Current Trends in Diagnosis and Treatment."

 

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on December 25, 2018

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