In reference to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes can affect nearly every part of the body, including the skin. Surprisingly, skin problems are the first indicators that someone is suffering from diabetes. The good news is that most diabetes warning signs can be effectively treated if they are identified at an early stage.
A couple of these problems are conditions that anyone can develop irrespective of whether they are diabetic or not, but patients with diabetes are prone. They include:
• Styes (these are infections that normally occur in the glands of eyelids)
• Nail infections
• Folliculitis (infections that occur in the hair follicles)
• Carbuncles (deep infections on the skin and underlying tissues)
Inflamed tissues are usually painful, hot, red and swollen. There are several organisms that cause infections with staph (Staphylococcus bacteria) being the most common. Over the past, bacterial infections were fatal. Credit to antibiotics, death from bacterial infections are now very rare. Practicing skin good care practices can lower the risks of bacterial infections in diabetic patients. It is important to contact your doctor if you are diabetic and experiencing bacterial infections.