Boils also known as skin abscesses are local skin infections that are tender, red and often filled with blood or pus. They are caused by the staphylococcus aureus bacteria which often enter the skin through wounds and cuts. Unfortunately diabetes can wreck havoc on the immune system and lead to a number of health problems including certain skin complications as well.
Diabetic boils are infections which are caused by the weakening of the immune system due to diabetes. Such skin conditions affect nearly thirty percent of all diabetic patients. The only way to avoid this skin condition is by taking certain preventive measures.
Tips for Preventing Diabetic Boils
Keep your Blood Sugar Levels in Check
Check the blood sugar levels regularly if you have diabetes and make sure that you keep it in check. With high sugar levels the efficiency of the immune system is greatly affected and it can lead to slower healing of wounds and cuts.
This in turn gives rise to high incidence of boils and other skin complications. Medications for diabetes along with lifestyle and dietary changes can help in keeping the sugar levels in check. A healthy diet rich in antioxidants such as fresh fruits and vegetables can boost the body’s immune system
Treating Wounds and Cuts
The skin safeguards our body against microbes and other foreign materials that can harm the body. When there is any break in the skin like cuts or open wounds then it can become infected with bacteria. This in turn can lead to infection and boils. If you are diabetic then it is essential to treat wounds and cuts as soon as possible.
Use antibacterial ointments along with bandages to cover the wounds and cuts. After treating the wounds and cuts wash your hands with antibacterial soap. If you have existing boils with pus then drain out the pus by covering the boils with warm cloth, apply antiseptic and cover the boils with bandage.
To avoid boils and other diabetic skin complications it is vital to maintain hygiene. Wash your body with antibacterial soaps and use antibacterial creams and lotions. If you have boils and there are clothes that rub against them then make sure that you wear loose fitting clothes that do not rub against wound. Wash the clothes in hot water and detergent. Dry the clothes in high heat. People suffering from boils should try to avoid sharing clothes and towels among family members.
Despite these efforts if you have persistent boils then use hot packs and hot soaks to treat the boils. For larger and painful boils filled with pus you will need to drain the pus and take antibiotics to prevent any bacterial infection. Draining the boils helps in faster healing and also provides immense relief from the pain.
If the boils are accompanied with fever then it is best to consult a doctor. Remember that for taking any medicine for boils it is best to consult a healthcare provider first. This is because certain immune suppressing medicines used for boils treatment can complicate the problem further.