Diabetes and Your Skin

Diabetes can hurt your skin:

If your blood glucose is high, your body loses fluid. With less fluid in your body, your skin can get dry. Dry skin can be itchy, causing you to scratch and make it sore. Also, dry skin can crack. Cracks allow bacteria to enter and cause infection. Blood glucose that is high, may make infections worse. You may get dry skin on your legs, feet, elbows, and other places on your body. Drinking fluids helps keep your skin moist and healthy. Nerve damage (Neuropathy related to diabetes) can decrease the amount you sweat. Sweating helps keep your skin soft and moist. Decreased sweating in your feet and legs can cause dry skin.

 

What can I do to take care of my skin?

After you wash with a mild soap, make sure you rinse your feet well. Check places where water can hide, such as between the legs and between the toes. Keep your skin moist by using lotion or cream after you wash. Ask your doctor to suggest one that is best for your skin. Drink lots of fluids, such as water, to keep your skin moist and healthy. Check your skin after you wash to make sure you have no dry, red, or sore spots that might lead to an infection.

Make an appointment with your podiatrist if you are experiencing any skin or foot problems! We offer same day and Saturday appointments: 610-434-7000.

 
Dr. Smargiassi received his Bachelor of Science with Cum Laude honors from East Stroudsburg University and his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. He completed his residency training at the VA Maryland Health Care System, Baltimore, Maryland earning the VA Gold Pin Award for outstanding service while Chief Resident. He is Board Certified in Foot Surgery and recognized as a Fellow, American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. During his career, he has been involved in every aspect of foot care from complex wounds, injuries, and fractures to primary foot care and diabetic education.