Diabetes And Skin Care

The skin care of those with diabetes is best achieved described as prevention. Many serious complications can be avoided by following simple guidelines.

The key to diabetic skin care is prevention. Skin problems are not usually a symptom of diabetes, but can be a result of it. A diabetic's tendency towards dehydration can lead fairly quickly to dry skin. Dry, cracked skin can become infected and as any diabetic knows an out of control infection can lead to amputation. That's a high price to pay for something as easily prevented as dry skin.

Preventing skin complications in a diabetic is as simple as it is in non-diabetics. There are a lot of products out there that are marketed just for diabetics. These products are no different in content or effectiveness from the products sold without the diabetic connection. So it is not necessary to spend extra money for something just because it is marketed for diabetic skin care. You need only use a reliable product and keep a keen eye out for injuries.

The only products that you should be wary of and should consult your healthcare professional before using are products designed to burn or peel your skin and products containing any type of steroid. The products for burning or peeling include wart or corn removers and even some face care products. Due to decreased sensitivity, these products can cause injuries that will not be detected right away. In fact some of these products can even cause decreased sensitivity in the area they are used.

Products that contain steroids are anti-itch creams and some analgesic creams. Prolonged steroid use in a non-diabetic can lead to heart & circulation problems. In a diabetic this same side effect could be deadly. Your healthcare professional is the person best suited for determining whether this should concern you. Some diabetics can use either of the above mentioned products whenever they like with no problems. Some cannot use them even once. If you are not sure which is the case for you, then ask your doctor.

There are some other things that should be avoided. Steer away from moisturizers and lotions that leave an opaque film on your skin. These products can make it difficult to see an injury once it has occurred. Also, they reduce the amount of oxygen that reaches the skin. Your skin is not just an outer covering. It is an actual organ that requires oxygen to not only function but to survive. Lack of oxygen can just as quickly lead to problems as an infection. Without good blood flow and plenty of oxygen, the skin can begin to die. A condition known as gangrene. If not caught in time this can and will lead to amputation.

Along those same lines, you should avoid putting moisturizers or lotions in the small, "enclosed" spaces on your body. Such as between toes, in any orifice, and skin folds like armpits and genital or groin areas. Again, this contributes to the skin not getting a enough oxygen and staying too moist thus allowing the skin to break down.

You should also avoid using sharp objects to remove skin in any manner. These include, but are not limited to, razor blades, knives, and nail clippers. Speak to your healthcare professional about anything that you feel needs to be removed, such as warts, corns, or calluses. In some patients manicures and pedicures are allowable, but always check with your doctor. He or she may not feel either of these are safe in your case. Even though they may seem harmless, the removal of skin and cuticle material is an integral part of both a manicure and a pedicure. That can lead to an injury that could have been avoided.

If you are given the okay for a manicure or pedicure. Choose the establishment with care. Make sure that they use effective means of sterilization. All objects and tools should be soaked in alcohol prior to being used on you. Razor blades used in tools such as a callus shavers should be new to insure sharpness as well as their being sterile. Don't forget the technician should also wash their hands thoroughly before beginning.

Keeping all of these things in mind should insure that your skin care will prevent further complications. Always be on the lookout for injuries and report them to your healthcare professional immediately. The earlier it is treated the better your chances are of stopping it from becoming serious or leading to a much more dangerous condition. This will not only help to prolong your life, but also increase the quality of it. After all, no one wants to spend the majority of their life in and out of hospitals and doctor's offices for something that could have been avoided with a little knowledge and preventative care.

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