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Diabetics need special skin care



November is National Diabetes Month, an opportunity to learn more about the challenges faced by nearly 26 million men, women, and children in the United States.

Diabetes has an impact on every part of the body, including skin. The most common skin disorders associated with diabetes are:

Bacterial and fungal infections. Diabetics are more prone to styes, boils and carbuncles, folliculitis, and nail infections usually caused by Staphylococcus bacteria. The Candida albicans fungus spreads quickly in people with diabetes, resulting in an itchy rash under breasts, between toes and fingers, under the arms, at the groin, or at the corners of the mouth. Infection can have serious complications if left untreated and blood sugar is not controlled.

Acanthosis nigricans. These brown or tan raised spots appear primarily on the neck, armpits, and groin. Weight loss usually helps, and your dermatologist can provide topical treatment to fade the marks.

Diabetic dermopathy. These scaly, light brown patches are found on the fronts of legs. They are caused by changes in small blood vessels triggered by diabetes. Dermopathy is not dangerous, but can be treated for cosmetic appeal.

What’s the best plan to manage diabetes -related skin conditions? Ask your family doctor or internists to work closely with your dermatologist to keep your skin looking great and feeling comfortable. For more detailed information about conditions associated with diabetes, connect to the following link http://blog.drseymourweaver.com/dermatology-blog/care-of-diabetic-skin-problems/ .
Psoriasis – when less is definitely more

About three percent of the United States population has psoriasis. This unpredictable, chronic skin condition is actually an immune system disorder that causes skin cells to multiply faster (as much as ten time more quickly) than normal. As this volume of excess cells reaches the surface and dies redness, scales, itching, and painful cracked skin develop. As many as 30 percent of people managing psoriasis also have the pain and swollen joints of psoriatic arthritis.

In the case of psoriasis, less is definitely more – less frequent outbreaks, less plaques, less area of the body affected, less discomfort, and less embarrassment.

October 29 is World Psoriasis Day, a global event that gives international voice to those who suffer with psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis. Members of the International Federation of Psoriasis Association (IFPA) and many local support groups will be hosting activities to raise awareness. If you have psoriasis, take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about causes, symptoms, and evolving treatment options at one of these gatherings.

Then make an appointment with us to develop a customized plan for management of your symptoms. Together we can break the cycle of flare-ups, and keep your psoriasis in remission longer.
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