Good Skin Care for Diabetics

Good Skin Care for Diabetics

One third of people with diabetes at some time in their lives experienced having a skin disorder, this is according to the American Diabetes Association. The good news is most of these skin disorders can be treated and prevented.

Here’s a list of things you can do to prevent skin problems.
• Keep skin clean and dry. Pat skin when drying don’t rub.
• Protect your skin from the sun. Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or more.
• Make sure skin is moisturized, except the one in between your toes. Extra moisture on these areas encourage fungus growth.
• During the cold and dry months, it is best to use a humidifier to prevent skin from drying.
• Prevent scratching your skin. Open cuts allow infections to set in.
• If you get a cut make sure you treat them right away. For minor cuts, wash with soap and water. Cover minor cuts with sterile gauze.
• Major cuts and burn should not be ignored. Make sure you let your doctor know.
• Use only mild shampoo to prevent scalp from drying.
• Always check your feet for sores and cuts.
• Talk to your doctor or dermatologist if you are unable to solve a skin problem by yourself.

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