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Diabetes Skin Care Tips In The Summer

Did you know that more than 37 million people in the United States have diabetes? Around 1 in 5 of these Americans are unaware that they have it, with the number of Americans being diagnosed with diabetes more than doubling in the last twenty years. Proper skincare should be upheld especially among those suffering from this ailment, and the summer season is often an especially important time for one to take care of their skin. From sunburns to dry skin, there are many precautions one should consider. Here are a few diabetes skincare tips you should consider!

Hydration

Dehydration is often experienced during summer, and hence staying hydrated should be of utmost importance, especially for those suffering from diabetes. Keeping track of your glucose levels is another way to help you stay hydrated. Consume lots of fluids like water, lemonade, or sugar-free tea and stay away from caffeinated beverages. Don’t forget to keep your skin hydrated too! Dry skin can crack, itch, and result in infections. Try to keep your skin clean and dry in the heat, as perspiration can result in you getting sticky and dirty, leading toskin irritation. Best practice is to stay hydrated and moisturize your skin to protect yourself. 

Cuts

Summertime is a perfect time to enjoy   hiking the outdoors, a stroll down the beach or a walk in the woods. During these walks, cuts and scratches are a very real possibility and this can result in infections, which are especially dangerous to you! A simple way to avoid this issue would be by covering up, such as wearing long pants and flat, well-fitting shoes to protect your legs and feet, which can shield you from these cuts and scratches! Avoid open shoes and flip-flops that leave your feet exposed to injuries, and avoid walking near branches and bushes which can result in scratches. Avoiding these injuries is insufficient though, you need to be also aware of how to treat your cuts and scrapes to avoid infections to your wound. Above all, always check with your healthcare provider if discharge, streaking, or excess discomfort is experienced from these wounds.

Sunburn and Insect Bites

One of the biggest threats to our skin is the harmful rays of the sun. Sunscreen should always have an SPF rating of 30 or higher. You should apply sunscreen to your skin 20 to 30 minutes before any trip or even just exposure to the sun. Apply a generous amount to your feet, ears, and neck, and wear a large hat or carry an umbrella to minimize your skin’s exposure to the sun. Long pants and clothes should also be worn to protect yourself from the sun and insect bites, but pick clothing made of breathable materials to protect yourself from heatstroke.

Diabetes Skincare With ExpressMed

Being smart and mindful of your diabetes skincare routines can allow you to have fun in the sun during the summer. The best way to take care of your skin would be through the use of proper skincare products, and here at ExpressMed we have the right products just for you! Contact us now to find out how we can help you.

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