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Did you know that one in three diabetic will have some kind of skin problem!
In fact, skin problem is some times the first sign that one is diabetic.
Because bacteria and fungus feed on sugar your chances of getting a skin infection are higher when you have diabetes. Diabetics should be more careful because the disease can make your immune cells sluggish and weak. This makes it much harder to fight an infection once it occurs.
Next time you have a small scratch or a cut monitor how long it takes for the cut to heal. You will be surprised, it will take days.
That’s why prevention is important when it comes to caring for your skin. Check your skin daily for injury, and gently treat and keep dry any irritations and cuts right away.
Diabetes can also make your skin dry. Oily fish like Salmon and some vegetable oils such as soybean oil and also flaxseed and walnuts and avocado could help keep skin moisturised, however, this foods cannot cure skin issues caused by your diabetes.
If you suffer from dry skin due to diabetes it is important that you see your doctor so that he or she could prescribe emollient cream for dry skin.
Diabetics can get burning and tingling in their hands and feet due to nerve damage and this is called neuropathy. This can cause you to lose feelings in your hands and feet leaving you exposed to accidental burns and also frostbite.
Hence, it is sensible to avoid extreme temperatures when you are a diabetic. So while diabetes doesn’t make you more likely to have accidents, when you don’t have much feeling in your hands or feet, you may be getting hurt without realising. Hence, it is best to take care to avoid burning.
Diabetics in particular should avoid frequent foot soaking.
While it may sound relaxing and you may think you’re helping to fight calluses, frequent foot-soaks can hurt your skin. When you soak, the area between your toes and your nails is more likely to get infected.
Damp skin is the perfect place for fungus to grow and is also easier to cut or break. So dry your feet well whenever you bathe, and don’t use moisturizer between your toes. If you’re worried about calluses see a podiatrist.
In fact, all diabetics should have their feet checked by their doctors regularly to avoid any major complications developing.