Does anyone have dark spots?

By bighead Latest Reply 2010-02-06 11:40:48 -0600
Started 2009-07-28 17:46:55 -0500

I have a question…Does anyone have dark spots or dark rough spots on their skin?,,Does anyone who does know how to get rid of them? I only developed these after I was diagnosed with diabetes.

17 replies

mockingbird1945 2010-02-06 04:07:13 -0600 Report

I'm coming to the discussion a bit late; however, I believe I have some of the same spots you're describing. Mine seem mostly around my neck, generally, though not always, close to my shoulders. I asked my Dr. about them and he indicated that they were harmless. He told me, but I can't recall what he called them.) But I tend to keep picking at them until they become bloody enough to form scabs, which are then very slow and difficult to heal. I've found that some creams seem to help with the roughness, though they don't go completely away. Hmmm…I just felt for the worst one and it seems now to be smaller and smoother. Perhaps it was partially due to the Triple Antibiotic creme I had been using on it. It was so bloody at Christmas, that I asked my son, a surgeon, to look at it. Again, he scolded me for picking at it, but put the creme on it and a bandage. By the time the bandage came off, it was almost healed, and I'm working pretty diligently at not picking at it. I guess those two things must have helped.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-11-16 22:20:07 -0600 Report

Your Dr is the best answer for that one, "just in case"! Some skin cancers don't seem as obvious as one would think, and that is NOT an area to be unsure of. I am afraid diabetis is the guilty answer for some, no matter the problem, but after my own kidney cancer scare—-and other questionable ailements—-just check with your Dr. All of us here will most certainly support you, no matter what is the cause!!

From a 77 year old, normally dark-skined—have been outside quite a bit, but have just a few, small brown spots> Have someone check your back too, a common place for skin cancers, and not a place that one can really see for themselves! Best Wishes and keep us posted! Pat R

bighead 2009-11-17 10:44:00 -0600 Report

Thanks Pat! Great advice and I appreciate it very much. Many Thanks Friend…Barbara

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-11-17 10:54:05 -0600 Report

You are so welcome!!! Since my own surprising cancer dx and surgery, one can't be too careful in this day and age—sadly, just need to be aware! Hugs, PR

sweething 2009-11-08 17:59:16 -0600 Report

I have a couple, assumed that they were from the sun. I have been spending time in the sun when we go to Florida in the winter. Haven't done that since I was in my 20s. So, the dilemma is shall I get in the sun anyway, or sit with a big hat and sunglasses on?

bighead 2009-11-16 20:51:52 -0600 Report

Hi Everyone…Thanks for the input, I use to get really dark tans from the sun, so I know some of this is caused by the sun, but these spots are rough. I am slim so it's not from being obesity, I have never been. But I also lost 65 lbs when I came down with diabeties but have picked up a few, I almost died when I finally found it, so now I take 2 shots a day and keep it under control but it tend to drop to much sometimes, 2 days ago it went down in the 60s so I had to get it up fast. the spots I am going to see a Dermatologist and see what he says about it. They don't seem to bother me I just don't like them or the sun spots but I brought that on myself.I know there is a cream that will lighten them. Good Luck and May God Touch Everyone, Diabeties is not a good thing but we have it and have to take care of it the best we can…God Bless you all dear friends…STAY WELL!! …Barbara

DanaLynn 2009-11-08 17:23:40 -0600 Report

I have two on my face and a few small ones popping out recently. I thought it was from age!!! lol Maybe not. I do have diabetes and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Possible links to that??? I'm curious now.

kdroberts 2009-11-06 13:53:36 -0600 Report

There is a condition called acanthosis nigricans that causes dark skin patches and it is very much tied to diabetes. Some of the causes are insulin resistance, PCOS and thyroid problems. It is also loosely linked to obesity I believe.

It's worth checking out if you are curious, plenty of info on the web. It's not serious as far as I know and does get better if you control blood sugar and exercise.

London 2009-11-06 12:35:37 -0600 Report

I have a spot right on my chest that won't go away. I thought it was dirt and scrubbed it to death but it is stil there. Hmmm! I have a thyroid prob. which messes w/ your skin to.

lipsie 2009-08-01 02:14:22 -0500 Report

I do but it a varicose vein I guess…at least that's what other have said…so I assume so. Hmmmm Not sure, good luck, sorry not much help! Hugs! Sheila

lipsie 2009-08-01 02:14:21 -0500 Report

I do but it a varicose vein I guess…at least that's what other have said…so I assume so. Hmmmm Not sure, good luck, sorry not much help! Hugs! Sheila

Anonymous 2009-07-28 21:53:04 -0500 Report

I have some discolorations due to sun damage that appeared as my diabetes evolved, but I think that was coincidental not because the diabetes caused the discoloration. Free advice? Get yourself to a dermatologist (Board Certified by the Board of Dermatology) and let dermatologist look at the spots and advise you.

Sue Turner
Sue Turner 2009-11-02 10:01:24 -0600 Report

I have noticed a big change in my skin since I was diagnosed with diabetes. I don't know if it is something that is just happening, or due to the diabetes. I just know that I have become very paranoid since the dx, and every new thing I discover, I think, "Well, where did this come from, I didn't notice it before." I have discovered some dark, rough spots that have popped up. I don't know, guess we will just have to let a dematologist tell us what they are and whey we now have them. Sue

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