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Health Tip: Caring for a Diabetic's Skin

-- People with diabetes may be concerned with their heart, eyes and nerves. But don't forget the body's largest organ.

As many as one-third of diabetics develop a skin disorder, the American Diabetes Association says.

The association offers these skin care suggestions:

  • Make sure your skin is always clean and dry. Sprinkle some talcum powder in areas where skin touches other skin, such as under the arms and in the groin area.
  • Take lukewarm, not hot, showers and baths, and always use a gentle moisturizing soap.
  • Moisturize your skin with a good lotion, just not between the toes, which can encourage fungal growth.
  • Promptly wash any cuts or scrapes with water and soap, and protect them with a gauze pad.
  • See your doctor about any skin wounds that appear serious or that don't seem to heal.
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Posted: July 2009