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Diabetes and Your Skin

Skin and foot care is especially important when you have diabetes. Poor blood-glucose control increases the risk for skin and foot infection. Nerve damage due to diabetes also makes you less likely to feel pain. If the foot or skin is injured, wounds may heal slowly. If the wound is not treated correctly, severe infection can lead to gangrene and amputation.

Wash your feet and skin daily with non-drying soap. Test the water with your elbow instead of your hand or foot to make sure that it is not too hot. Pat yourself dry. Use lotion on your feet and skin, but not between your toes. (Lotion between the toes helps bacteria to grow.) Inspect your feet and skin daily. Look for the following signs:

Call your doctor if you are concerned about any wound. To prevent foot injuries:

Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

April 2, 2018



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