Cuts and scrapes may not seem like a big deal for most people but for diabetics, healing can often become complicated due to their immune systems becoming compromised. For diabetics, careful monitoring of healing wounds is important to prevent bigger health issues down the line.
If you’re a diabetic, try these helpful tips to prevent a small problem from becoming more complicated:
- Should you get a cut, treat it immediately. Cleanse the affected area with soap and water daily. Dry the area well after washing, and apply an antibiotic ointment to keep the site germ-free. Skin injuries generally heal within two weeks, but cuts may take up to three weeks to heal in people with diabetes. Anything beyond that is excessive, and you should have your physician look at it again.
- Keep pressure off the wound. “Make sure you’re not stepping directly on your wound,” says Dr. Andrew Rubin, Podiatrist at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. “A podiatrist can help you fabricate a pad so you’re not stepping on it. Pressure can increase the time it takes to heal,” he added.
- Be aware of the signs of an infection. Symptoms can include pain, redness, or warmth at the site of the infection. Drainage is another sign of an infection. Don’t ignore any of these signs. Get treatment promptly.
Remember that even a small scrape can become serious if you don’t take proper care of it. Left untreated, wounds can lead to an amputation in the most serious of cases. Taking good care of yourself is an important step toward preventing wounds.
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