Diabetes Leg Rash-Causes And More

diabetesDiabetes leg rash is actually quite common in diabetics. There is no real specific reason that it is brought on. In fact there are several reasons that it can affect you as a diabetic.


The good news is that if you do the right thing’s diabetes leg rash can be avoided or for a lack of better words it can be prevented.


In this article I hope you can gain a bit of insight into the world of diabetes a little more and hopefully this may be able to help you now and on your journey as a diabetic.  Its a journey being lived by millions so dont let it scare you, just learn to respect it.


Blood Circulation Is A Factor


blood circulationWhen there is poor blood circulation in many parts of your body there is a good chance that you will also have itching in those parts. An unfortunate thing about having diabetes is having poor circulation so in the end one goes with the other.


Another cause of the dreaded itchiness is yeast infections or dry skin. So often the itch happens on your lower legs or on your buttocks and almost every time it is because of poor blood circulation.


The good news is there are a couple thing’s you can do to avoid the dreaded itch. Likely the most important thing you can do is keep your body very clean by using mild soaps.


After a shower, bath or washing up be sure to dry off very well. Once you do that you should apply a good moisturizing cream. This will help to avoid your skin from getting too dry.


You may be surprised at the last thing I have to tell you but the utmost best way to avoid the leg rashes and itchiness is to not take as many baths and showers. Now, I’m not saying to let your cleanliness get out of control but maybe have a shower every second day as opposed to everyday.

Allergies Can Be Harmful


Another way you can develop rashes is from allergic reactions if you have a reaction to your medicine or your insulin. It’s a catch 22 because you need the meds but you do not need the rashes. allergies


The reactions usually show up on the torso, hands and legs and come up on the surface of the skin usually. If this is happening to you then you might want to see a Dr and see if there is anything for the reactions or maybe see if your meds can be adjusted.


One other thing to know is that in a few cases insulin users can develop bumps, rashes or weird markings around the area that is being injected.


Infections Mixed With Fungus


fungal diseaseAnother thing to know is that if you have diabetes you have a greater chance of getting infections due to fungus. This will look very much like a yeast infection which will result in itchy and red rashes mostly on the legs.


Quite often associated with these rashes you will see lots of little blisters and scaled skin all around. Once again almost all the time these infections will build around areas of the skin that are warm and moist.


There are a few other infections that are more often than not directly related to diabetes and they are ringworm, vaginal yeast infections and quite often athletes foot.


Anytime you end up with these kinds of infections it really is in your best interest to get to the Dr and get it dealt with.


Diabetes Blisters


foot soresThe next thing on the list is diabetic blisters. They really are quite rare but at the end of the day the blisters can come and come in force.


These blisters usually occur in the toes, legs, hands and feet. If you see what looks like burns on your body there is a good chance these are diabetes blisters.


There actually is some good news when it comes to these blisters. First off is they barely hurt and after a few days they will start healing and in a week or two they will almost always disappear.

Pay Attention To Everything


Diabetes isn’t a disease to take lightly. While it doesn’t have to be a death sentence diabetes can be quite dangerous. As a diabetic you have to pay attention to everything that is going on in and outside your body.


You have to pay attention to all the signs and all the little thing’s that you weren’t sure of in the past.


It’s very important to get as much knowledge and to educate yourself as much as possible. Make your you listen to the health care professionals and all the supporting cast like nurses, dietitians and so forth.


There is no doubt that you have to make lifestyle changes but that doesn’t have to mean you stop living. Most diabetics live a very normal life with very little change in their lives. Well actually the changes are pretty big but after a short while they will seem pretty small.


Who Am I?


My name is Dale and less than a year ago I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. At first I thought it was a death sentence until I decided it would not be a death sentence and I would do everything to live a normal life.


I also committed to getting as much education as possible and once I got the education I committed to sharing as much as I could. That is the reason I built this website. I hope as you look through this site you find the help or advice you need.


I always want you to remember that no matter what you read you should always be chatting with your Dr before you change anything in your diabetic life style.


Today and after every single post I submit in my blog/website you can leave comments, ask questions or leave me suggestions on new topics related to diabetes.


I will always get back to you as soon as I can.



  1. Hi Dale,
    Thank you for some valuable insight into the diabetic rash.
    My stepfather has had a terrible time with type 2 diabetes and one of his biggest complaints is the rash. It seems to have gotten worse after he had a stroke 2 years ago. I can see now that his lack of full mobility may be causing circulation issues. That could definitely be making it worse.
    We have tried several creams and anti-itch lotions to try to help. Nothing has seemed to make much relief for him. Do you have a personal recommendation on a lotion that works more specifically for the diabetic rash?
    I do appreciate the great information. It helps me to understand it more.

    • Hi Christina.  I just use a normal lotion for itching like calamine.  I also noticed that hot baths help but its very important to dry off really well.


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