The Ultimate Diabetes and Skin Quiz
by Staff
Diabetes affects the whole body, including your skin. People with diabetes are at risk for commonly occurring skin conditions. There are also several skin conditions that are exclusive to those with diabetes, such as diabetic dermopathy. Take this quiz and learn how to identify various skin conditions related to diabetes.

What proportion of those with diabetes will be diagnosed with a skin disorder over the course of their life?

  • a third
  • half
  • three quarters

What type of skin conditions are more common in people with diabetes?

  • bacterial infections
  • fungal infections
  • both of the above

Which of the following is a type of bacterial skin infection?

  • styes
  • boils
  • both of the above

What are carbuncles?

  • an infection found under the nails
  • an infection found on the face
  • a deep skin infection

What are the symptoms of a bacterial skin infection?

  • scaly and itchy skin
  • hot and swollen skin
  • both of the above

Where do fungal skin infections typically occur?

  • on the face
  • in the folds of skin
  • on the legs and feet

Which of the following is a fungal skin infection?

  • jock itch
  • vaginal infection
  • both of the above

Itchiness on the lower parts of the legs in someone who has diabetes is a sign of:

  • bed bugs
  • poor circulation
  • dryness

Diabetic dermopathy is the result of:

  • high blood glucose levels
  • changes in blood vessels
  • a damaged pancreas

What does diabetic dermopathy look like?

  • light brown, scaly patches
  • bright red sores
  • white and red scaly patches

Where does diabetic dermopathy typically occur?

  • on the face
  • on the front of your legs
  • on your shoulders and arms

What does necrobiosis lipoidica diabeticorum look like?

  • large, red scaly patches
  • large, light brown scaly patches
  • large bright red sores

Who is most likely to experience necrobiosis lipoidica diabeticorum?

  • adult men with diabetes
  • adult women with diabetes
  • obese adults with diabetes

When do you need to seek medical attention for necrobiosis lipoidica diabeticorum?

  • if the spots become too large
  • if the spots turn into open sores
  • both of the above

Atherosclerosis can cause skin to become:

  • red and blistered
  • hairless and cool
  • brown and scaly

Where is the skin most affected by atherosclerosis?

  • the scalp
  • the legs
  • the arms

What does an allergic reaction to insulin look like?

  • hives all over the body
  • rashes, depressions or bumps at insulin injection sites
  • whole body redness with scaly patches

What do diabetic blisters look like?

  • burns
  • foot ulcers
  • large scratch marks

Where do diabetic blisters typically occur?

  • backs of fingers, hands, toes and feet
  • legs and forearms
  • both of the above

What does eruptive xanthomatosis look like?

  • red bumps
  • yellow enlargements
  • light brown, scaly patches