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Necrobiosis lipoidica

Hi there Terrie,
I would just like to thank you for putting you info on here about NLD.
I am a Type1 diabetic of now 31yrs and have had NLD since I was about 18yrs and it has increased in size on my left shin and I also have various spots on my right. I have had some ulcers over the years some that were rather difficult to heal but onward and upward as they say LOL.
I hope that you are in good health and minimal NLD probs.
Get in contact with me, As it would be great to contact someone else who suffers the same.
Take good care.
Necrobiosis Lipoidica Diabeticorum

Necrobiosis lipoidica diabeticorum ("NLD") is a rash that occurs on the lower legs. It is more common in women, and there are usually several spots. They are slightly raised shiny red-brown patches. The centers are often yellowish and may develop open sores that are slow to heal. Often a biopsy is needed to diagnose NLD.

NLD usually occurs more often in people with diabetes, in people with a family history of diabetes or a tendency to get diabetes. Still, the exact cause of NLD in not known. A similar condition that is often confused with NLD is granuloma annulare. Similar to the association of NLD and diabetes, it appears that a high percentage of persons with disseminated granuloma annulare have diabetes mellitus. The individual spots typically consist of a circular array of reddish to brown and slightly translucent bumps.

Treatment of NLD is difficult. Sometimes it responds to topical cortisone creams, especially if covered ("occluded") with an airtight dressing. Cortisone injections can also be used to treat NLD. These are more effective than cortisone creams. NLD usually goes through stages of activity and inactivity. One is not able to predict when the condition will flare. Ultraviolet light treatment has been found to control this condition when it is flaring. A baby aspirin each day, and other medications that thin the blood, such as Trental, may help NLD. Other medications, including prednisone pills (steroids) are used in difficult or severe cases.

(I am posting this skin condition since it is the one I have).

I noticed a dime-size red spot on my left ankle when I was 19.
It slowly grew bigger. My Endocrinologist knew exactly what it
was and gave me some Hydrocortisone cream.

At age 25, my 2 yr. old Son accidently drove his big ride-on truck
into my ankle. (That hurt like H*LL! :rolleyes:) Soon after, I had 2-3 ulcers on it. I got some Sulpha cream at the Drs., wrapped my ankle in gauze and the ulcers were gone in about 2 weeks. The spot is now
as big as a baseball although it is skin-coloured and not active. It
doesn't bother me since I can't see it unless I look at it in a mirror,
which I don't. These spots do not hurt or itch(unless of course, someone drives a truck into it :D ).

If you have what sounds like this condition(It is now known as NL,
since it happens to many non-diabetics also), see your Dr. so they
can prescribe a treatment for you. Protect the spot(s) so nothing
hits it accidently.
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