Fungal Infections & Diabetes

Are you a person with diabetes and having difficulty with your skin?  If you answered yes, then you may be suffering from a skin condition. Unfortunately, skin conditions can affect anyone, but diabetics are more susceptible to them.  Skin conditions in people with diabetes can include the following:

  • Diabetic dermopathy– light brown, scaly patches, which may be oval or circular.
  • Diabetic blisters– looks like burn blisters and occurs on the backs of fingers, hands, toes and feet.

Another common infection in people with diabetes is a fungal infection.  The type of fungal infection in people with diabetes is called Candida-albicans, which is a yeast-like fungus.  Often Candida albicans creates itchy rashes, redness surrounded by small blisters and scales in areas that are warm and moist folds of the skin.  It is a common fungus that causes skin discomfort among diabetics. 

Many times you will find a fungal infection between the fingers and toes, around the nails, corners of the mouth and in the arm pits and groin area.   A common type of fungal infection to happen is called athlete’s foot. Athlete’s foot occurs between your toes and sometimes your fingers. 

Why does Candida albicans happen in people with diabetes?

People with diabetes are prone to fungal infections because high glucose levels in the blood help with fungi growth. 

Common symptoms for fungal infections include, but are not limited to:

  • Itching
  • Blisters
  • Swelling
  • Dry and flaky skin
  • Severe scaling

Treatment for fungal infections includes taking good care of your skin.  You should keep your skin clean and dry, especially between the toes and in the areas of your skin which fold.  However, if your skin dries out easily you should keep it moisturized and hydrated. 

Some other treatment options for fungal infections include, but are not limited to:

  • Keeping blood sugar levels under control
  • Topical or oral medications

If you are having difficulties with your skin, and think you might be experiencing symptoms of a fungal infection in your feet, call our office today!  Dr. Danciger will be able to identify the cause of your issue and treat the condition.

Dr. Harvey Danciger
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Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle
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