Diabetic Skin Care

Caring for rashes, ulcers and infections with diabetes

Along with other complications, many people develop skin problems with diabetes mellitus. This is often caused by the fact that circulation is poor with poor blood glucose regulation, but some diabetics just develop dry, cracking skin which can make them more susceptible to infection. Approximately 70 percent of amputations are done on diabetics who have developed raging infections through cracks in the skin. This is why it is very important to ensure that proper diabetic skin care is performed in order to reduce the risk.

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Diabetic skin infections are often caused by the thickening of the skin. Also, since diabetes leads to poor circulation and increased frequency of urination, the water in the skin can be reduced and the skin's arteries and blood vessels can be weakened by diabetic neuropathy. It is believed that diabetes may rob the skin of moisture in an attempt to eliminate excess glucose from the tissue. This can also cause dry skin and infections.

Signs of a Diabetic Skin Infection

Symptoms of a diabetic skin infection can include diabetic skin rash, diabetic skin ulcers (especially on the feet) and itchiness. Often, generalized diabetic itchy skin is the first sign that something is wrong.

In order to treat and prevent diabetic skin infections, you should make sure that you are managing your diabetes properly. This may include proper regulation of blood sugar, eating a healthy diet with lots of water and exercising. Dress properly in loose and non-form fitting clothes. Ensure that your feet are not compressed and that air can get to them; this will also increase circulation. Be careful to avoid wounds; if you are wounded, get prompt treatment and see your doctor if your wound does not heal.

Diabetic skin infections can be avoided with care. See your doctor if you have any concerns about infections in your skin.