Stay Skin-Safe ( Diabetes )
Diabetes can put you at risk of developing skin infections, so take a few precautions when it comes to your largest and most visible organ. Two factors â€” being overweight or having consistently high blood glucoses â€” can make you especially susceptible.
Because high blood glucose levels can interfere with your body’s natural defense against infection, you want to pay close attention to any abnormalities on your skin. Some skin infections can spread rapidly, causing fever, chills, and tiredness. Examine your skin each day and promptly take care of any ulcers, redness, or breaks in the skin.
You should also look out for yeast infections. They usually occur in warm, moist areas of the body, particularly in the genital region, under breasts, and between folds of skin. Infections on your face, feet, and in your ear canal may be particularly serious and should be checked by your health care team immediately. Many different types of treatment are available for these skin problems, but always ask your physician before you try any drugstore skin creams.