Diabetes and Skin Care

Plastic Surgeon serving Lutherville Timonium, Baltimore & Columbia areas of Maryland

A person with type 2 diabetes will be more likely to get skin infections. Their high blood glucose levels weaken their body's natural defenses making them less effective. Bacteria and fungi help infections to feed off of glucose. A diabetic usually drinks more water due to the thirst factor they have, which in turn causes them to pass more urine. This however, can lead to dry, itchy, skin. So, for all of these reasons, people with diabetes, paying extra attention to their skin and treat any skin problems quickly is most important.

As a diabetic, your doctor has told you what to look for on your skin. It's not just the face either, these can be found anywhere on your body. Three of the most common bacterial infections are sties, boils, and carbuncles. All three appear as red, painful, pus-filled lumps are caused by staphylococcal bacteria. Boils and carbuncles often occur at the back of your neck, armpits, buttocks or groin. Sty infects the gland of the eyelid, a boil infects hair root or skin gland and a carbuncle is a cluster of boils. Just as your diabetes care provided has told you, Dr. Basner and our professional team at The Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland will advise you to call your diabetic doctor immediately if any of these situations arise.

Then there are fungal infections, which anyone can develop a fungal infection. However, those with diabetes fungal infections are easier to hit them. Most fungi are found in the groin and feet area, where it is warm, dark and moist. Diabetic men can develop jock itch, that spreads from the genitals over the inside of the thigh. Diabetic women are more prone to have vaginal infections, caused by the fungus Candida albicans. Male or female, either can develop athlete's foot, a fungal infection. While not common, diabetics are more likely to get ringworm. Ringworm is a ring-shaped, red, scaly patch that may itch or blister and appears on the body, feet, groin, mails or scalp.

For patients of The Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland, it is imperative that you advise us of any diabetes of yourself or family history as you register. Should the diabetes occur while going through a procedure with Dr. Adam Basner, let us know immediately. Exchanging information between your diabetic doctor and us will make your out come here better!