Skin Care for Diabetes Patients
Patients who have diabetes are more likely to have dry skin. This is particularly true when they experience high blood glucose levels. High blood glucose levels makes the skin loose fluids so that it becomes dry. Dry skin can crack and become itchy, which can result in infections.
Dry skin is also a problem if you have diabetic neuropathy. The nerves of the legs and the feet may not get the message that they need to sweat, which is a requirement for making sure that the skin is soft and moist. Make sure that your skin stays moisturized when you have diabetes if you want to avoid skin problems.
Here are some other tips for stopping skin problems when you have diabetes:
- Wash with a mild soap, rinse and dry your skin thoroughly. Make sure to use a moisturizer, but don’t put any between your toes.
- Avoid taking baths and showers that are very hot because they can dry out your skin. You should also avoid soaking your feet because soaking makes the feet softer and more likely to be prone to being injured.
- You should check your body on a regular basis for red spots, sores and blisters that could result in infections.
- Watch out for any bumps or other changes to the look of your skin or your feet that could indicate problems. Call your doctor right away if you any wounds or other skin problems are not properly healing.
- You should make sure that you properly treat any wounds right away and that you wash cuts immediately.