Diabetics have to remain wary of cuts, abrasions and boils which are very common during diabetes. If left untreated, they can lead to infections and foot amputations. Boils and other skin conditions occur due to the increased levels of sugar in the blood, which makes healing slow and makes a person more prone to infections. Here are some ways to treat boils during diabetes.
Ways to Treat Boils During Diabetes
Keep the Abrasion or Boil Covered
Since infections in diabetics are slow to heal, cuts, wounds and boils are best kept covered to protect them from dust, dirt, germs and infection. If you see the first signs of a boil, use an antiseptic spray or ointment on the boil and then bandage it to prevent it from being infected and enlarged.
Control Your Blood Sugar Levels
The best preventive step for boils is to maintain stable and constant blood sugar levels. This helps to keep the levels at an even keel and prevents infections from occurring. Take an appointment from your doctor and purchase a glucometer, which will help you to monitor your blood sugar levels.
Maintain Good Personal Hygiene
Boils generally occur due to poor hygiene. Change razors frequently if you are used to shaving. Bathe at least twice a day with a good anti-bacterial soap to ward off infections. Corns and calluses should be soaked in a solution of water and potassium permanganate to help them heal faster and prevent them from turning into boils.
Do not let the boil fester. If recurrent boils is a problem with you, see a doctor as soon as possible. He/she can start you on a course of antibiotics immediately to nip the infection in the bud.
Use Antibacterial Creams and Lotions
Ask your doctor to prescribe you an anti-bacterial cream or lotion for your skin to keep it hydrated, soft and supple. This will prevent the skin from being infected with minor cuts and scrapes.
If your boil has become large, swollen and painful and has developed pus, see a doctor immediately, who may then proceed to carry out surgical drainage of the pus. Regular monitoring and treatments will be required until the boil heals completely. In the meantime, continue to maintain good hygiene and keep the boil covered.
Change Bedding and Linen Frequently
The boil is often caused by a bacteria called as S. Aureus which is highly contagious. If you or some other family member is suffering from a boil, ensure that your bed linen is changed frequently. This will prevent the infection from spreading to other family members.
Do Not Share Personal Hygiene Products and Razors
Recurrent boils can be prevented by not sharing cosmetics, razors and blades, which further enhance the spread of the infection.
See a Dermatologist
Recurrent boils will need extensive treatment by a dermatologist so see one right away. He/she will prescribe medicines and steps to prevent the recurrence of the boils. At home, minor boils can be self treated with the help of warm compresses to burst them and remove the pus.