Wounds (purulent, non-healing) in diabetes mellitus - treatment

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Diabetes is a disease that occurs when there is a lack of insulin quantity in the body. In this case, glucose - the main source of energy for the body does not spit and it does not perform its function. In this article we’ll speak about all kinds of wounds and their treatment if patient has diabetes. Why do we speak about this topic? The answer is simple, but it is, unfortunately, not everybody knows it. Healthy people probably do not pay much attention to the wounds, because they are sufficiently to be sanitized and if necessary, wrapped in a bandage. If the injury occurs to patients with diabetes, they become a weighty problem.

Danger of wounds in diabetes

Wounds in diabetesFirst, let’s find out the reasons why the occurrence of wounds in diabetes is so dangerous for the body.

- There is a lack of energy needed for body because as all glucose that gets into it cannot spit completely. Therefore, the life functions of internal organs slow down; blood circulation is deteriorating. The blood congestion may happen, so as effect of this process wound healing and skin regeneration will be affected.

Level of glucose in the blood that wasn’t spit increases. This means that bacteria trapped in the body begin to more actively proliferate because glucose contributes to the rapid growth of bacteria, in this case of harmful and dangerous bacteria.

As result, the bacteria infect the nerve ending and reduce the sensitivity of the affected body parts. After some time, the patient ceases to notice the existence of the wounds. Diabetes causes also drying of the skin. The skin cracks and peels off, and then on the skin often appear injuries that require immediate treatment.

Festering wounds

In diabetes can form sores. They are usually hard to heal. There are two ways of treatment, active and passive. The first one includes surgery. In that case, the wounds can quickly get rid of, but the process is expensive and not always optimal. The passive method for the treatment of septic wounds is their self-healing under medical supervision.

Of course, this process can take up to 2 months, but it is not dangerous. Generally, your doctor should own and quickly determine what type of treatment is best for your situation. Often, doctors try to avoid treatment of festering wounds in diabetes by surgery, because in this case there is a risk of re-festering of wounds after its healing; on scientific similar process is called “sepsis”.

Wound treatment

Wounds in diabetes can be treated in some other ways:

- If the wound is not large, and you think you can handle it yourself, you can actually do something, for example, to start, clean it from dirt. After that you should apply antibiotics of local action that will treat the injury itself and then you should bandage it. Dressings must to be changed every day. If there is edema around the wound or unpleasant odor you must immediately visit your doctor.

- There is another interesting way to treat wounds in diabetes. The patient is placed in a chamber where the wound is exposed to 100% oxygen, which promotes tissue regeneration and fast healing of wounds.

- If a patient with diabetes observes his diet, the healing process will be much faster and it won’t have any complications. In recent years, it became increasingly popular treatment of wounds by using of therapeutic massage. The correct procedures improve blood flow and circulation, so it helps to heal the wounds faster. So, as you understand the treatment of wounds in diabetes mellitus is hard and long process. To heal a wound, you need to spend a lot of energy and time. But, in any case you shouldn’t abandon the treatment of wounds, because, ultimately, it can lead to dangerous and bad consequences as amputation of damaged body parts.