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All you should know: Diabetic Dermopathy


Diabetic dermopathy is the term used for describing small, round, brown atrophic skin lesions that occur on the shins of patients with diabetes.

The condition generally affects people aged more than 50 years and in those with a long history of diabetes. [1]
- Self-diagnosable.
- Marked by skin lesions.
- It is more common in older patients and those with longstanding diabetes.
- Secondary to diabetes.
- Asymptomatic.
- Treatment options available
- Laboratory tests are always required.

Diabetic dermopathy is the most common of various diabetic skin conditions and is found in 30% of the diabetic patients. The round patches do not hurt, but can be itchy or cause burning sensation rarely. It is also called as shin spots.


The cause is generally unknown, but it is thought to be associated with diabetic neuropathy that are nerve damaging disorders associated with diabetes.


People may experience the following symptoms:
Visibility of pink, red, tan, or dark brown patches on shins, thighs, forearms, and sides of feet that do not typically itch, sting, or burn.


Self-care: Keeping skin moisturized, intake of diabetic diet, trying to avoid any kind of injury to legs helps in preventing further development of lesions. Controlling blood sugar levels and diabetes management are also recommended.

Medications: Insulin therapy and anti-diabetic drugs are advisable.
Specialists: Consult a physician for immediate concerns. At mfine, we provide a comprehensive treatment plan for optimum health.

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