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What to Do If You Have Diabetic Blisters

By NeNa | Tips

Sep 14

People with diabetes can sometimes develop blisters on their skin, also known as diabetic bullae or bullosis diabeticorum. Even though diabetes blisters are not a pleasant sight, they are usually painless and will heal naturally, without leaving scars.

Still, when it comes to diabetes, it’s always better to treat wounds with quick and proper care. This is because ordinary foot sores or blisters in a person with diabetes can sometimes turn into an ulcer which if not properly treated can lead to amputation.

These blisters are a rare symptom of type 1 diabetes, but sometimes they can even appear in those with type 2 diabetes. According to the International Journal of Diabetes in Developing Countries, they appear only in 0.5% of U.S. diabetes patients. Also, men are more prone to this skin disorder than women.

Characteristics of Diabetic Blisters

The most common places where diabetes blisters appear are feet, legs, and toes, but rarely can they show up on arms, hands, and fingers.

Diabetic blisters usually look like those when you get a burn, except that they are painless. They can reach up to 6 inches, usually in clusters. They are itchy, and the skin around them is swollen or red. These blisters are filled with clear, sterile fluid and rarely appear as a single lesion.

Cause for Diabetic Blisters

Even though the exact reason for the development of these blisters is not known, a lot of scientists believe it’s the reduced ability of a diabetic organism to sustain an injury. Moreover, these people usually suffer from nephropathy and diabetic neuropathy.

In some cases, the swelling caused by heart failure in people with diabetes might be reason enough to cause their appearance. Also, diabetes patients who’ve experienced several complications from their diabetes through the course of several years might experience diabetic blisters.

Another common cause of diabetic blisters is the fungal infection candida albicans, and wearing too tight shoes.

How to Prevent Diabetic Blisters

To avoid diabetic blisters, you should take proper care of your feet.

  • Examine your feet carefully every day, including your toes and the area in between. You can ask someone to this for you in case you’re not able to check your entire feet yourself.
  • When seeing a new bruise, cut, blister, bleeding, or redness on your feet and don’t know what to do, it’s best to visit your podiatrist or doctor.
  • A health professional should examine foot issues like verrucas, corns and calluses, and not you. Also, do not use acid plasters or chemicals to remove them.
  • Apply moisturizing cream or oil on your feet to prevent dry skin and cracking. But, don’t use it between the toes as too much moisture here can cause infection.
  • Athlete’s foot causes cracks and flaky skin between the toes, leading to infection and soreness. So, if you have this skin condition, treat it with anti-fungal cream.

How to Treat Diabetic Blisters

Diabetic blisters usually heal on their own within 2-4 weeks if you keep the area clean. But you should also know some other things to take care of them properly so that they can heal faster and prevent infection.

  • First, visit a dermatologist to prevent infection and ulceration from developing. Also, the skin specialist can rule out other more serious skin disorder.
  • Do not puncture the blisters yourself to prevent infection. Instead, a doctor can decide to puncture it if he needs to drain the sterile fluid in case of large
  • You can use an antibiotic ointment or cream and bandage to treat your blisters and protect them from further injuries. If your itching is severe, your doctor might prescribe you a steroidal cream.
  • The best way to prevent and accelerate their healing is to keep your blood sugar levels under control.

Therefore, if you have diabetes, regardless of type 1 or type 2, taking good care of your feet is a preventive measure when it comes to diabetic blisters.

Source Health Line | Diabetes Daily