Diabetes is nothing less than an epidemic. A disease that was confined to people with high sugar levels, of a particular age group, is now engulfing everyone regardless of age and gender. Furthermore, it is not confined to only blood, but affects many other body parts as blood flows through the body.
Sadly, it also affects the skin and not only aggravates an existing fungal infection, but also gives rise to a new one.
The good news is that with the right information and a little bit of determination you can control diabetes, and the fungal infection that is affected by it.
What’s the relation between diabetes and fungal infection of skin?
Before you look for ways to treat diabetes and cure that fungal skin infection that has been troubling you, it is necessary to know how diabetes is distressing it in the first place.
Diabetes weakens the immune system. Fungi that causes skin problems namely ringworm, athlete’s foot and jock itch, usually wins when it attacks a weak immune system, causing a fungal skin infection. Apart from this, the excess glucose feeds the fungi in many cases, thus aggravating the problem. One thing leads to another and before you know, the fungal infection starts spreading to other parts of the body.
On the other hand, if you have a fungal infection of skin and have not been diagnosed with diabetes, it is advisable to get it checked. The fungal infection too weakens the immune system, which gives stress and high sugar level another reason to pave way for diabetes.
How to treat fungal skin infection when suffering from diabetes?
There’s a lot that you can do to treat fungal skin infection while controlling diabetes at the same time:
- Keep your skin nourished. People with high sugar levels have dry skin that increases the risk of an infection. Also avoid very hot baths and showers.
- Keep skin dry and clean at all times. If you already have an infection, stay away from public bath areas, swimming pools, etc., for a few days to ensure the skin is not harmed further. Do not let moisture stay between the skin folds.
- Treat cuts right away using prescribed diabetic cream or ointment. Use sterile gauze to cover cuts. Most importantly, do not skip using medicated topical cream specially made to treat fungal skin infections like ringworm, and to prevent it from spreading.
- Exercise daily to control high sugar levels along with eating a balanced diet full of fibre, fruits and vegetables. Make sure you change sweaty clothes as soon as possible and take a bath after working out.
Your body has an inbuilt tendency to heal itself, but external factors such as staying clean and dry, having a proper diet, working out, and using medicated creams will give it a chance to heal in the best way possible.