Nerve pain caused by diabetes, known as diabetic peripheral neuropathy, can be severe, constant, and hard to treat. It may start as a tingling feeling, followed by numbness and pain. But there are two key points that everyone with diabetes and peripheral neuropathy should know:
Controlling your blood sugar can keep the pain from getting worse and improve your health.
Medications can help relieve nerve pain, make you more comfortable, and improve your quality of life.
Triple-antibiotic cream for dressing cuts or scrapes
4x4 sterile gauze pads for covering wounds
The phone number for your local wound care center or doctor's office
Although cleaning your wound, dressing it with antibiotics, and covering it with gauze are important steps in diabetes wound care, don't stop there. A wound care specialist should see even minor injuries and foot sores, within seven days at most.
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