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    Diabetes Wound Care Checklist: What's in Your First Aid Kit?

    Use these first aid tips as the first line of defense in your diabetes wound care.
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    Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

    Injuries that are minor in a healthy person can have severe consequences when you have diabetes, so good wound care is essential.

    Because of reduced circulation and problems with sensation (neuropathy), people with diabetes are at a much higher risk for complications from ordinary, everyday cuts and scrapes.

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    Taking Diabetes Wound Care Into Your Hands

    You are the first line of defense against wound complications. Here's what you need to have on hand for proper wound care when you have diabetes.

    • Lotion. It doesn't need to be a fancy prescription lotion, just a simple moisturizer to keep your feet from drying and cracking. The important thing is that you use it regularly.
    • Normal saline (available by prescription) or hydrogen peroxide for cleaning wounds
    • Antifungal cream if you have athlete's foot or other fungal infection
    • 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.

    Reviewed on June 11, 2007

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