Does the light touch of a bed sheet make your feet burn? Does your heart sometimes race when you’re resting? Do you have problems with sexual arousal?
As different as these symptoms are, they can all have the same cause: diabetic nerve damage, also known as diabetic neuropathy. About half of people with diabetes develop nerve damage. The two most common forms are:
peripheral neuropathy, which affects the nerves that serve the farthest reaches of the body, such as the legs and hands;
Inspect your skin, especially on your feet,
between your toes, and around your fingernails and toenails. Watch for redness,
cuts, scrapes, calluses, or blisters.
Keep your skin folds—such as
in your groin or under your breasts—dry. Moist areas increase the risk of
Dry the area between your toes well after
Use a bath soap that has a moisturizer added. Use soap
only as needed (on your feet, underarms, and groin). Avoid using deodorant
soaps and antibacterial soaps, which may dry your skin.
skin is dry, do not use bubble baths. Use a bath oil instead.
To prevent dryness and injury:
Use a home humidifier during cold weather and in
Use a moisturizer after you bathe.
gloves when you garden, do yard work, use household chemicals, or do
Always test the temperature of the water before you take a
bath or shower, especially if you have
peripheral neuropathy. Use your elbow or upper arm to
check the temperature, or have a family member do it.
See your doctor or a dermatologist if you have a
skin problem that does not go away.
Primary Medical Reviewer
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Jennifer Hone, MD - Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
July 1, 2011
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
July 01, 2011
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor.
Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this
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