Proper foot care is important when you have diabetes. Wash your feet daily with gentle soap and warm water. Dry them completely and apply foot cream, staying away from the areas between your toes. Always wear closed shoes that fit properly. Wear well fitting white socks to help with perspiration. Avoid wearing flip-flops, sandals, and other open shoes.
People with diabetes tend to suffer more bacterial infections than anyone else. Bacteria thrive in the warm, humid weather of spring and summer. Bacterial infections are often caused by staph, formally known as Staphylococcus. If you think you have a bacterial infection, consult with your doctor right away. Often they are treated with antibiotics in the form of a topical cream or a pill.
The blood sugar highs and lows associated with diabetes can create a perfect environment for fungal infections to grow. The biggest culprit is a yeast-like fungus called Candida albicans. It is responsible for many of the fungal infections people with diabetes get. Yeast infections may develop in the moist, warm folds of your skin. Common yeast infections include ringworm, athlete’s foot and jock itch.
Itchy skin is common for people with diabetes, especially during the spring and summer months. Always wear sunscreen with an SPF 30+ when you go outdoors. Minimize sun exposure to sensitive areas of your skin by wearing a hat, sunglasses and socks with shoes.
The Diabetes Education Center of the Midlands is a community based not-for-profit organization serving Nebraska and western Iowa. DECM has been nationally recognized by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) as meeting national standards for diabetes self-management education.