Taking care of your skin in Diabetes Type 2

Having Diabetes type 2 can put you at risk of developing skin problems such as, infections, blisters, rash and more. The skin becomes susceptible to infections as the glucose levels in the blood are higher than usual. In order to avoid skin infections, one must monitor their blood glucose levels regularly and use Insulin as instructed by the physician. Skin infections can also be among first symptoms of diabetes type 2, so always take precaution whenever you notice a lesion or any persistent skin problem.

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Diabetics are more prone to bacterial infections anywhere on the skin, protection is always better than cure, the reason being skin becomes extra dry and sensitive and that calls for proper hydration of the skin. Over one third of diabetics do develop skin problems sometime during their lifetime, prediabetes can also cause extra sensitivity of the skin. The skin can get rashes, redness, blisters, especially around the feet, hands and legs.

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Avoid very hot showers and harsh cleaners and scrubs, pat dry skin after every shower and apply a hydrating lotion, avoid lotions and cleaners with fragrance, alcohol, parabens and other preservatives. Some lotions labelled as “hypoallergenic” can also cause skin irritation. Do not use antibacterial soaps and sanitizer, these remove the natural skin moisture and make skin very dry. Dry skin is always susceptible to infections.

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Central heating can create a very dry atmosphere inside the house, always use a humidifier to keep some moisture locked in the air. The most important caution to take is when it comes to your feet, always check your feet when you remove your shoes after coming back home. Use a foot cream at night and if you do find any redness or fungal infection, immediately contact your physician.

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Be extra careful when buying shoes for the diabetics, consider buying shoes made specifically for diabetics who work out and exercise most days of the week. Use skincare products that contain natural ingredients, such as jojoba oil, rose hip seed oil, almond oil, coconut oil and Aloe Vera.