Do you have diabetes? Do you often get an outbreak of diabetic blisters? What you should know about diabetic blisters.
These blisters are more alarming, but are painless and heal on their own.
These diabetic blisters are rare. In the United States, this disorder occurs in only 0.5 percent of people with diabetes.
WHAT DIABETIC BLISTERS LOOK LIKE
Diabetic blisters will form on legs, feet, and toes. Although, they can show up on hands, arms, and fingers.
Most blisters can be up to 6 inches in size, but usually smaller. These blisters very rarely appear as single lesions. Rather, they will appear in clusters on your skin. The skin around them is not red or swollen.
Diabetic blisters have a clear, sterile liquid, and usually itch.
PREVENTING INFECTION IN BLISTERS
Even though, the fluid in the blisters is sterile. You shouldn’t puncture them. If the blisters are large, your healthcare provider may want to drain the fluid. This will keep the skin intact to keep from getting an infection.
Additionally, your healthcare provider will sometimes treat with antibiotic cream. To protect it they will use a bandage. If itching is severe they will prescribe steroidal cream.
Ultimately, managing your blood sugar levels is the most important step. Controlling your diabetes will prevent diabetic blisters or speed up recovery.
WHY DO I GET DIABETIC BLISTERS
The cause is unknown at this time. Many lesions appear with no known injury. The trick is to make sure that shoes fit well. When shoes don’t fit well they can cause blisters. Another common cause is a fungal infection.
You are more likely to get diabetic blisters when your blood sugar is not controlled. Anyone who has diabetic neuropathy is vulnerable to diabetic blisters. Neuropathy reduces sensitivity to pain. Peripheral artery disease is thought to play a role, also.
PREVENTING DIABETIC BLISTERS
It’s important to check your feet at least once a week. Blisters and lesions can go unnoticed if you have neuropathy.
Below are the steps to keep from developing infections from lesions:
- inspect your feet thoroughly each day
- protect your feet from injury
- wear shoes that aren’t to tight
- break in new shoes slowly
- wear gloves when using any kind of outdoor tools that can cause blisters
- apply sunscreen and limit time spent in the sun
SEEING A HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
If you develop blisters contact your doctor. Most blisters will heal, but there is a risk of infection.
Make an immediate call to the doctor if you have the following symptoms:
- redness around the blister
- warmth radiating from the lesion
- fever with symptoms above
It all boils down to this, diabetic blisters and what to know. Almost all diabetic blisters will heal on their own, but there is a risk of infection. So, if your diabetes is well controlled you should not have outbreaks of diabetic blisters. Follow the 6 steps under preventing diabetic blisters to keep them from developing.
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