How to Prevent Cellulitis When I Have Diabetes?

Q:
How to prevent cellulitis when I have diabetes?

A:
Cellulitis is a common, potentially serious bacterial skin infection. It occurs when a crack or break in your skin allows bacteria to enter. The affected skin appears swollen and red and is typically painful and warm to the touch.

If you have diabetes, you are more likely to get cellulitis because your immune system is weaker. Here are what to do to prevent this from happening:

  • Visit your physician and podiatrist on a regular basis and request a full foot and leg exam.
  • Make sure your shoes fit properly.
  • Wear socks to help your feet stay dry.
  • Treat any superficial cuts or scrapes with soap and water. Then cover them with an antibiotic ointment. Remember to remove the bandage at night to let it air dry.
  • Bathe in warm, not hot, water and wash carefully between toes as well as the soles.
  • If your skin is dry, use a high-quality moisturizer after bathing.
  • Do not cut your nails too short.
  • If you have fungus or ingrown nails, you’d better visit your doctor.

Since cllulitis can become a critical situation, it is important to alert your health care provider immediately.

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* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.