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Diabetes and Skin Care

How to Take Care of Blisters

  • Don't try to break or "pop" the blister. The skin covering the blister helps protect it from infection.
  • Gently wash the area with mild soap and warm water.
  • Apply antibacterial ointment to the blister.
  • Cover the blister with a hypoallergenic or cloth bandage or gauze pad secured in place with hypoallergenic or paper tape.
  • Change the bandage at least once a day.
  • Wear other shoes until the blister heals.

How to Take Care of Small Cuts

  • Gently wash the area with mild soap and warm water.
  • Apply antibacterial ointment.
  • Cover the cut with a hypoallergenic or cloth bandage or gauze pad secured in place with hypoallergenic or paper tape.
  • Change the bandage at least once a day.

How to Take Care of Minor Skin Irritations

  • Gently wash the area with a mild soap and warm water.
  • Cover the irritated skin with a hypoallergenic or cloth bandage, or gauze pad secured in place with hypoallergenic or paper tape.
  • Keep checking the area to make sure the irritation doesn't get worse.
  • Change the bandage at least once a day.

How to Take Care of Minor Burns

  • Don't try to break or "pop" blisters that may have formed.
  • Gently wash the area with mild soap and warm water.
  • Cover the burn with a gauze pad and secure it in place with hypoallergenic or paper tape.
  • Change the bandage at least once a day.

How to Take Care of Frostbite

  • Use warm water to warm the skin (98 to 104 F).
  • Call for medical help immediately.
  • Don't rub the area or apply creams.
  • Don't try to walk on the affected foot or use the affected hand.

 

When to Call a Doctor or Podiatrist

  • If you do not see an improvement the next day after treating a minor problem, such as a cut.
  • If you have pain or discomfort that continues for more than two days.
  • If you have an elevated temperature.
  • If you notice any pus developing on the sore or near it.

 

 

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Reviewed by Kimball Johnson, MD on August 04, 2012

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