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Care of Your Skin When You Have Diabetes

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Topic Overview

If high blood sugar levels have damaged nerves that go to your skin, you may sweat less, and your skin may become dry and cracked. Damaged skin becomes infected more easily when you have diabetes.

To prevent skin problems and allow for early treatment of any problems that develop, each day:

To prevent dryness and injury:

To prevent problems from the sun:

See your doctor or a dermatologist if you have a skin problem that does not go away.


Credits for Care of Your Skin When You Have Diabetes

Current as of: August 31, 2020

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
David C.W. Lau MD, PhD, FRCPC - Endocrinology


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