Skin and Foot Care Tips
Just like diet and exercise, proper skin and foot care are important parts of taking care of yourself as a person with type 2 diabetes.
Pay attention to skin problems and see your doctor before the problem gets out of control. You should know, as many as one-third of
people with diabetes live with or experience a skin disorder caused or affected by diabetes at some time in their lives.
Diabetes Skin Care
The following suggestions can help you avoid and/or treat skin problems associated with diabetes. Remember to talk to your healthcare provider about any skin problems you experience.
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- Keep your skin dry and clean. Dry yourself thoroughly after you bathe. You can also use absorbent powder in areas where skin touches skin, like your armpits
- Use warm water for bathing. Avoid very hot water. Certain types of bubble bath may dry your skin, so avoid these and use moisturizing soaps instead
- Keep skin moisturized. Moisturize your skin to prevent chapping, especially when the weather is cold or windy. Do not put moisturizer between your toes as too much moisture there can encourage fungus to grow
- Treat cuts quickly and gently. Minor cuts should be cleaned with mild soap and water, not with harsh skin antiseptics like alcohol or iodine
- Keep the air moist. Cold, dry months can make the air too dry indoors. Purchase a humidifier for your home to add moisture to the air
- Use mild hair care products. Use gentle shampoos without heavy perfume to avoid scalp irritation