DIABETES AND SKIN
- Skin conditions include bacterial infections, fungal infections, and itching.
- People with high glucose levels tend to have dry skin and less ability to defend harmful bacteria. Both conditions increase the risk of infection.
Tips for good skin care
- Keep skin clean and dry.
- Avoid very hot baths and showers.
- If your skin is dry, don't use bubble baths. Moisturizing soaps may help.
- After bath, use a standard skin lotion.
- Do not put lotion between toes. The extra moisture can encourage fungus to grow.
- Prevent dry skin. Scratching dry or itchy skin can open it up and allow infection to set in.
- Treat cuts right away. Wash minor cuts with soap and water. Only use an antibiotic cream or ointment.
- During cold, dry months, keep your home more humid.
- Use mild shampoos.
- See a dermatologist (skin doctor) if your skin problems persists for longer time