Schambergs disease

By re1ndeer Latest Reply 2011-01-07 19:21:20 -0600
Started 2011-01-05 13:42:14 -0600

I developed this almost 5 years ago, and I believe it was a pre-cursur to my diabetes. My father had this all the time (he was a type one diabetic) he passed away many years ago from diabetes complications. We did not know at the time that he had Schambergs disease.

I had gone to see a dermatologist, because of the pigmentation on my lower limbs. And the severe itching that this causes. I now have this both on my legs and my arms. The only thing that can be done for this is cordisone cream for the itching as the pigmentation very seldom fades away.

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Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-01-07 18:56:57 -0600 Report

How did they determine you have Schambergs disease?

re1ndeer 2011-01-07 19:09:57 -0600 Report

The dermatologist looked at me. I had severe itching ( I thought I had vasculitis) and my primary doctor suggested that I see a skin doctor (a dermatologist) He said normally women don't get this disease (only like 20 % do) unless it runs in your family (like my father). He felt my skin, did several blood tests. And then determined that I had Schambergs disease, and gave me cortisone for the itching.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-01-07 19:21:20 -0600 Report

Thanks for answering. I was curious because my Dad's venous insufficiency presented itself more like the Schambergs type of rash and Drs. did not take it serious until he later developed ulcers. My venous insufficiency never started out with a rash. Reading your post helped me understand why they were slow in figuring out what his problem was. I had never heard of Schambergs before so did a quick web search. His legs looked like the rash because both conditions cause the blood to leak and have a similar appearance on the skin. Hs problems started in the 1970's and Drs. know so much more now.i