In our last blog post, we talked about some common skin problems that individuals with diabetes suffer from. In this post, we want to talk about what you can do to ward off these common skin problems. The best thing you can do is manage your diabetes. People with high glucose levels usually have drier skin and less ability to defend against bacteria. Both of these issues increase your risk of infection. There are some other things you can do to keep your skin healthy:
- Keep your skin clean and dry using talcum powder. Some sensitive areas include those where skin touches skin, like the armpits and groin.
- Avoid baths and showers in too hot of water. If you already have dry skin, don’t use bubble baths. Try moisturizing soaps like Dove and apply an oil-in-water skin cream afterwards.
- Try not to scratch dry or itchy skin, as this can open up the skin and allow infection to set in. Moisturize your skin to prevent chapping when it is cold outside.
- Keep your home more humid during cold, dry months.
- Check your feet every day for sores and cuts.
- Treat wounds right away. Wash minor cuts with soap and water, and then use an antibiotic cream before covering it with gauze. If you get a major cut, burn or infection, see a doctor.
- Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water to keep your skin moist and healthy.
If you experience any skin problems, it is important to see your doctor. Starting a treatment early on is the best way to ensure a full recovery with few lasting effects. Many of our clients at Creative Technology are affected by diabetes and we want to help them thrive with their condition. If you have any concerns or problems due to your prosthetic device or diabetes, please contact us. We are always ready and willing to help you!