As most people with diabetes know, the disease comes with the side effect of potentially developing leg wounds. There are a lot of reasons for this, but if you've already experienced leg wounds or leg ulcers yourself while dealing with diabetes, you should probably consider getting outside help for it. This is why leg wounds are more serious than you think and demand medical attention.
Why They're More Common
There are several contributing factors for diabetic people developing more wounds to the legs. You may not be affected by all of them, but chances are at least some of them have had a hand in your situation.
First off, many people with diabetes experience or develop neuropathy. This prevents the body from transmitting a signal that the skin has been damaged by a wound or that you've accidentally injured yourself doing something like hitting your leg on a table leg.
In addition, diabetes often affects the quality of the skin, making it more likely to break or be seriously damaged by a minor injury.
Why They're So Dangerous
Whether or not you have neuropathy, developing a wound when you have diabetes is risky all on its own. The body often doesn't heal as well with diabetes, which can make it much more dangerous for people with diabetes than those without it. The risk of infection goes up due to this.
Furthermore, if you do have neuropathy, you may not notice or feel it when an infection develops. This can give the infection enough time to spread to otherwise healthy tissues or to even make it into the blood supply where it can potentially trigger sepsis or another life-threatening condition.
Self-Care Isn't an Option
Taking care of your wounds at home might seem like a good option. If you pay careful attention to the way that your legs look on a daily basis and clean any problems that you have, you might think that you can get away with it. Unfortunately, that's often not true.
Cleaning wounds like these at home requires medical training. The tissue damage can potentially go deeper into the dermis when you have diabetes. Simply cleaning the top and placing a bandage on it may ignore the issues on the lower level, which could allow the tissue to start to die.
If you're concerned about your condition and want to do what you can to protect yourself, you should hire a care nurse or home aide to help. These people are trained to care for problems like yours and will come to you on a regular basis to ensure that your legs are healthy and safe. For more information, contact a service that provides home health aides.Share
27 March 2019
In the past, when I thought about home health care, I pictured an elderly man or woman stuck in bed just waiting to take his or her final breath. What I have recently learned is that there are people of all ages that can benefit from home health care specialists. When my niece was diagnosed with a rare liver disorder, our family rallied and did everything possible to make the new way of life as easy for my sister as possible. We spent hours over at her house helping with the baby, but then, my sister said she didn't need us as much --She had hired a home care aid. I hope this helps you in the future.