5 Skin Care Tips for People with Diabetes
One in three people with diabetes will deal with some type of skin disorder in their lifetimes. The good news? Most diabetes-related skin conditions can be easily treated, especially if caught and managed early on. You can protect against dryness, sores and other complications with these proactive steps.
1. Keep your diabetes in check
By controlling your diabetes, you’ll likely have fewer instances of dry skin and, also, be better able to ward off the bacteria that causes skin infections. Your doctor will be able to work with you on a plan based on your unique needs and lifestyle.
2. Change your bathing routine
Hot showers and baths can make dry or sensitive skin even worse. Instead, opt for warm or cool baths or showers, then gently pat skin dry after. Once done, apply a layer of moisturizer on all areas except between the toes – putting moisturizer in this area may lead to fungal growth.
3. Watch for cuts
Even a small cut can lead to a major skin condition if not treated immediately. Be sure to wash any cuts, open wounds or burns with soap and water before applying a sterile gauze. Consult with your doctor before using antibiotic creams or gels. Likewise, if a wound seems infected or isn’t healing, contact your doctor immediately.
4. Add a humidifier
Consider using a humidifier in your bedroom while sleeping to add moisture to indoor air, helping keep skin healthy and preventing added dryness. That’s particularly important during winter, when the combination of cold winter air and dry indoor heating can have a negative effect on those already suffering from itchy, red or inflamed skin.
5. Don’t ignore your lips
Your lips are skin, too – so don’t ignore them! Lip balms can soothe dry, irritated or cracked lips. Apply throughout the day to prevent dryness before it starts.
This information is for general background purposes and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific conditions. Seek prompt medical attention for health care questions you have.
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