Diabetics are not only more susceptible to developing wounds, but those wounds often become infected unless they are treated immediately. Because of common Diabetes complications, such as increased blood sugar levels, nerve damage, and poor circulation, many wounds do not receive the blood, nutrients, and attention that they need in order to heal properly.
While Diabetics can develop serious wounds anywhere, they tend to develop serious wounds on the feet, especially, because of decreased sensitivity in the extremities. Even small wounds, such as blisters, can become huge complications if they go unnoticed and untreated. Early detection and treatment is critical in wound care in order to avoid infection and spreading of the wound.
What Makes Wounds Worse• Poor blood circulation
• Dry skin
• Elevated blood sugar levels
• Bacteria and other dirt
• Not treating the wounds immediately
• Poor nutrition and lack of essential vitamins and minerals in the diet
If you have a wound or are concerned about getting an infection, there are some simple steps that you should take in order to avoid getting an infection. Those steps include:• Avoid having dry skin that may crack or chap.
• Monitor your blood glucose level closely. Having high blood sugar will feed bacteria and other infections.
• Always check your footwear for sharp objects before putting on your shoes
• Check your feet daily for sores, blisters, and cuts.
• Treat cuts and wounds immediately with antibiotic soap, alcohol, and clean water
• Monitor wounds closely. If puss, unusual odors, or black skin develops in the area of the wound, contact your healthcare provider immediately.
• Pay close attention to your nutrition. Be sure to include plenty of vitamins and minerals in your diet.
• Maintain low blood sugar levels through medication, exercise and nutrition.
• Stretch and massage the area around the wound in order to improve circulation.
• Dress the wound appropriately. Ask your doctor for recommendations if the wound is deep or unusual.
• Drink plenty of water in order to hydrate your skin and tissue.
If you are concerned about an existing wound or are worried that you may develop a serious wound, contact your doctor immediately. Paying close attention to your body can help to avert serious complications that are associated with Diabetes.
Researchers from the University of Washington, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Merck Laboratories, and Mount Sinai School of Medicine have released a study suggesting that specific laboratory and clinical tests can predict outcome of antibiotic therapy for infections in persons with diabetes.
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