Seeking Medical Care When Diabetic

Medical Care DiabetesHaving diabetes means that you need to be on the lookout for signs and symptoms that show your medication is not working or there is something more serious going on. Knowing just what you should be looking for can make it much easier to make the decision on whether or not you should contact your doctor or make certain adjustments to your medication. Of course if you are just unsure if the situation is dangerous or not, making a phone call to the doctor could mean the difference between life and death.

One of the signs to look out for is high blood sugar levels. This could mean that the patient’s medications are not working correctly. Diabetes stems from the patient’s blood sugar level being too high. Extremely low blood sugar is also something to be concerned about. This could be a sign that the treatment plan is too harsh and the body cannot handle it. There is also the possibility of something you cannot see such as an infection in the body or organ failure including the kidneys, liver and/or adrenal glands. It is also possible that the patient may not be taking their medications in the prescribed fashion from the doctor.

Keeping an eye out for injuries to the body is vital. If a diabetic has sustained a scratch or a cut anywhere on the body, especially on the legs or feet, call the doctor. For those that have diabetes, even the smallest of scratches is an open door to infection that can lead to other complications up to and including amputation. Low-grade fevers are also something that should be watched for. Although many of us run a fever from time to time, fevers in diabetics can mean infection. It may be nothing to worry about but if there is pain in the chest or abdominal area, coughing, redness and swelling anywhere or even painful urination call the doctor right away.

Nausea and vomiting are common for everyone on occasion especially if a flu is involved. But, if a diabetic is experiencing these symptoms and cannot hold down liquid, seek a medical opinion or if needed, a trip to the emergency room. Medications may need to be adjusted during the time the diabetic is sick in order to avoid other medical complications. If the vomiting and or nausea does not go away, it is possible that they may even be hospitalized till things are back to normal.

Small sores on the feet and legs are also important to watch out for. If a fever or pus is not evident than waiting for the doctor is fine. However, it the sore does not heal or there is a fever seek out the doctor right away. When calling the doctor’s office or perhaps the emergency room, be sure to have a list of the diabetic’s medications ready to tell to the nurse or doctor on the phone. Give them all of the symptoms so they can make the best judgment call as to whether or not a visit is required or whether home treatment is sufficient.

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