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How To Care for Wounds

How To Care for Wounds

For people without diabetes, a cut or a scrape may be a call for a little cleaning, peroxide, and adhesive bandage. They can typically cover it and not worry much about it. Not so for people with diabetes. Any break in the skin is an invitation for infection, which can lead to greater complications. So even minor incidents must be carefully treated and monitored.

dLife Expert Columnist Joy Pape has defined minor wounds as:
— superficial - they happen to the outer layer of your skin, the epidermis.
— not near the natural openings of your body (eyes, ears, nose, mouth, urethra, vagina, rectum).
— not heavy bleeders.
— not larger than the size of a quarter.

If you need to know how to treat minor wounds, this is the place to start.

Reviewed by Jason C. Baker, MD.

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