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When should you call a doctor or podiatrist about your diabetes-related skin issues?

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When you have diabetes, your feet need special attention. Beyond a daily foot care routine, call your doctor or podiatrist right away if you:

  • Don't see an improvement the next day after treating a minor problem, such as a cut.
  • Have pain or discomfort that lasts for more than 2 days.
  • Have a temperature.
  • Notice any pus on the sore or near the wound.

From: Diabetes: A Skin-Care How-To WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association.

American Academy of Dermatology.

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on January 21, 2017

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association.

American Academy of Dermatology.

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on January 21, 2017

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