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Your Sunken Skin May Also be Known as:
Ulcer
Wound

Top 10 Sunken Skin Causes

  1. 1.Type 2 Diabetes

    Diabetes causes that blood glucose (blood sugar) levels to become high. With Type II Diabetes, the more common type, the body does not make or use insulin efficiently. Insulin is necessary to metabolize glucose.

    You should visit your primary care physician to get screened for type II diabetes. If the screen is positive, your doctor may recommend lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy diet, increasing physical activity, and losing weight. There are also glucose-lowering medications that your doctor may prescribe.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, increased appetite compared to normal, vision changes, feeling itchy or tingling all over, hearing loss
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Diabetic Foot Ulcer

    A foot ulcer can become easily infected and spread. You should see a doctor immediately.

    There may be several explanations for this symptom and its severity, but a healthcare professional should make an assessment as soon as possible because it may be serious.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    diabetic foot ulcer
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  3. 3.Tuberculosis

    Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which most commonly affects the lungs, although it can also affect other organs in the body. The bacteria can lie dormant in the body for a long time (even years), until they start causing symptoms such as cough, fever, loss of appetite, and night sweats.

    You should visit your primary care physician within the next 24 hours. The treatment for tuberculosis is an intensive treatment with a combination of four antibiotics, usually isoniazid, rifampicin, pyrazinamide, and ethambutol.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, cough, shortness of breath, rib pain, dry cough
    Urgency:
    In-person visit
  4. 4.Pressure Ulcer

    Pressure Ulcer, or bed sores, are areas of damaged skin caused by staying in one position for too long. They commonly form where the bones come close to the skin, such as the ankles, back, elbows, heels and hips.

    A pressure ulcer can be diagnosed by having doctors just look at it; no further testing is needed. Treatment involves cleaning the wound and dressing it properly.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one shoulder, painful rash, loss of appetite, butt pain, sunken area of the rash has broken the skin
    Symptoms that always occur with pressure ulcer:
    sunken area of the rash has broken the skin, rash resembling a pressure ulcer
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Lower Leg Weakness

    Any leg weakness is a sign of nerve damage, which is very worrisome and requires you to go see a doctor immediately!

    There may be several explanations for this symptom and its severity, but a healthcare professional should make an assessment as soon as possible because it may be serious.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    lower leg weakness, foot weakness, arm weakness, odd walking gait, severe pelvis pain
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

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  6. 6.Condition Causing Vision Changes

    Gray dots in one's vision suggests damage to the nerves leading from the eye. You need to see a doctor immediately for treatment!

    There may be several explanations for this symptom and its severity, but a healthcare professional should make an assessment as soon as possible because it may be serious.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    vision issue with seeing gray spots
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  7. 7.Condition Causing Loss of Vision

    Sudden vision loss is very worrisome and suggests a damage to the nerves of the eye or the retina.

    There may be several explanations for this symptom and its severity, but a healthcare professional should make an assessment as soon as possible because it may be serious.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    loss of vision, vision issue with seeing gray spots
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  8. 8.Influenza

    Influenza, or Flu, is an infection of the airway caused by the flu virus, which passes through the air and enters the body through the nose or mouth. The symptoms are similar to those of a cold, but the flu is usually more serious.

    If your flu-like symptoms are existing for less than 48 hours, it might be helpful to seek care by telephone or in a walk-in-clinic to get a course of oseltamivir (Tamiflu). Most people will get better on their own by drinking lots of fluids and taking an over-the-counter medication such as acetominophen (Tylenol) to help with aches or fever.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, headache, loss of appetite, cough, muscle aches
    Symptoms that never occur with influenza:
    headache resulting from a head injury
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  9. 9.Hereditary Spherocytosis

    Hereditary spherocytosis is a condition that affects red blood cells. People with this condition typically experience a shortage of red blood cells (anemia), yellowing of the eyes and skin (jaundice), and an enlarged spleen (splenomegaly).

    You should visit your primary care physician, where blood tests can confirm the diagnosis. Treatment is typically supportive, and there's no defined level after which a blood transfusion is needed.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, abdominal pain (stomach ache), fever, general abdominal pain, yellow skin (jaundice)
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  10. 10.Lichen Sclerosus

    Lichen sclerosus is a chronic inflammatory disease of unknown cause. It's most commonly on the genital region and occurring in women who are post menopausal.

    You should go to the doctor in the next few weeks. There, a physical exam and a biopsy can confirm the diagnosis. Treatment involves topical steroids.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal itch or burning, vaginal pain, painful sex, painful urination, dry skin on the outside of the vagina
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Sunken Skin

  • Q.Have you ever been diagnosed with diabetes?
  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
  • Q.Do you have a rash?
  • Q.Does the sunken area break the skin barrier?

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Sunken Skin Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced sunken skin have also experienced:

    • 6% Fatigue
    • 4% Abdominal Pain (Stomach Ache)
    • 4% Fever
  • People who have experienced sunken skin were most often matched with:

    • 53% Type 2 Diabetes
    • 16% Diabetic Foot Ulcer
    • 4% Tuberculosis

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