Besides causing pain and discomfort, diabetic skin complications can be a reason to lose one of the body parts (such as the feet or leg in case of gangrene). In their worst forms, diabetic skin complications need surgical removal of a body part to avoid spreading of the illness to other parts of body.
Considering the fact that skin conditions are widespread among diabetics, it becomes very important to implement measures which can prevent them from occurring in the first instance itself. Should they occur, treatment should be immediately administered lest their harmful consequences become life-threatening. A minor injury, when left uncared, can become a serious condition posing (potentially) fatal outcomes. When cared and attended properly, a large chunk of the skin conditions can be prevented and successfully treated.
Prevent Diabetic Skin Complications
There are many easy ways to prevent diabetic skin complications. Some effective ones are summarized here.
Watch out Blood Glucose Level
For the desperately invasive bacteria and fungi, high blood glucose level serves an apt platform to breed. The body supposedly suffers from reduced immunity owing to diabetes which can be insufficient to overcome the adversity of an invasive attack. Since the body’s ability to detect and fight an invasion/infection gets blocked owing to a sugar coating, it gives way to the attack.
The most important thing to avoid skin complications is to keep blood glucose levels under check and control. Abide by your doctor’s advice regarding simplest of things like the right time to exercise or right time for taking an examination. Whether it is medication, diet or anything, every component has a role to play in maintaining blood glucose levels.
Take Proper Skin Care Through Routine Examinations and Checkups
Many skin conditions are likely to become worse even without revealing remarkable signs or symptoms. The delayed diagnosis and treatment can, sometime, be life-threatening for diabetics. Routine examinations and checkups can help in keeping a watch over potentially dangerous skin conditions.
Additionally, regular examinations from an expert can also help reduce the risk of diabetic skin problems. With timely and prompt intervention, several skin conditions can be prevented from becoming potentially fatal or damaging. Adhere to the recommended tests for skin checkups. Ask your doctor for the next visit. Even when you are not going for an examination, observe your body (especially feet) for suspected injuries or abnormalities of the skin.
Appropriate Every Care To Prevent Skin Complications
There are some helpful ways to keep your skin in good health and enjoy it over a lifetime. These include keeping skin’s moisture intact and allowing sufficient air circulation. When you bathe, avoid using hot water as it may lead to losing essential oils from the skin, making it excessively dry. Instead, use warm water and have shorter bathing sessions. After bathing, dry skin properly. Use a good quality moisturizer to keep the skin moist.
Adhere to diabetes recommended diet to keep calories under check and get the essential nutrients. Complement diet with enough water and fluid intake. Wear proper clothes, particularly foot wear, to maintain the health of your skin. Avoid synthetic materials which do not allow proper air circulation. Avoid skin injuries to the greatest (possible) extent. Check skin for sores or cuts and pay heed to the not-so-obvious areas like in between toes and armpits. While cutting finger and toe nails, be careful for an injury.
Avoid Allergens To Prevent Allergic Reactions
Some things should best be avoided in life like allergic reactions. When you know you are allergic to something, better keep away from it as much as possible. People who are allergic to pollens (for instance) should avoid stepping out when the pollination season approaches. When you go outdoors, adopt proper precautionary measures so that you do not come in contact with the pollen grains.
Your home can also breed several allergens like cat’s hair. You can keep the cat outside or restrict access to your room as a precautionary measure. Removing carpeting, adding an air-conditioner and regular cleaning can also keep many allergens at bay. Controlling dust mites and molds also reduces the possibility of allergies. Keep away from smoke and fumes by properly ventilating your house.
Be Informed and Practice Good Lifestyle
When you are diabetic, simple things can make much difference to living. It is important for you to eat a healthy diet, maintain good blood glucose control, exercise and include the vivid components of living actively. Based on your individual need, your doctor can outline your requirements for living a healthy and active life.
For preventing a skin complication, be aware of the condition and potential cause(s) which lead to the illnesses. Prevention becomes easier when you know what may possibly go wrong which could be prevented. If you are ignorant, you are likely to suffer more. Be aware of your body by reading good books and associating with knowledge-building resources. You don’t have to be an expert at anything; but the basic knowledge is obligatory when you are diabetic.