When living with diabetes, it can be difficult to manage skin and wound care on a day-to-day basis. What seems like a minor scrape or rash, however, can take time to heal and could lead to infection if not cared for properly. Read on to learn about Medical Supply Depot’s resources and tips for managing your skin and wound care.

What Effect Does Diabetes Have on Skin and Wound Care?

Diabetes often leads to dry skin, making it easy to get minor scratches, cuts, blisters, and other skin-related issues. Because diabetes often affects circulation and immune system function, these minor wounds can be slow to heal and quick to turn into an infection. Taking proper measures to care for your skin and wounds will prevent infection and allow you to stay healthy.

Skin Care

Preventative skin care is crucial when it comes to avoiding wounds and infection. Dry skin is easily punctured or scraped, and makes it harder for your body to heal quickly.


Tips for preventing dry skin and other skin conditions include:

  • Keep your home humid during winter months
  • Cover your skin when going out in the cold
  • Use moisturizing products to keep your skin healthy (our favorites are Elta and Diabet-X Callus Treatment)
  • Use antibacterial creams to prevent foot problems
  • Keep skin clean and dry
  • See a dermatologist if conditions worsen

Wound Care

If you have a wound, burn, or extreme skin condition, it is important to keep the wound clean and well cared for in order to prevent infections. A minor injury can worsen quickly.


Consider these tips to quicken the healing process.

  • Check for wounds regularly
  • Identify the type of wound
  • Use cleansing products to keep the wound clean
  • Change bandages and dressings regularly
  • Remove necrotic tissue
  • Keep pressure off of the wound

Foot Care

For people living with diabetes, foot care can be the most essential element of both skin and wound care. Diabetes often causes neuropathy in the feet, which leads to the loss of sensation and poor blood circulation. This makes it difficult to notice when you have a foot injury, and lack of blood flow to the foot can make injuries slow to heal.


To take care of your feet everyday, consider these tips.

  • Check for wounds regularly
  • Elevate your feet when possible
  • Keep your feet at a moderate temperature
  • Moisturize your feet


By caring for your skin, feet, and wounds regularly you can prevent infections and stay healthy, allowing you to live each day to the fullest!

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