Additional information on skin problems
Skin condition and diabetes
People with diabetes are prone to a vulnerable skin condition and skin problems are therefore very common in people with diabetes. Blood glucose provides an excellent breeding ground for bacteria and fungi and can reduce the body’s ability to heal itself. In fact, as many as a third of people with diabetes will have a skin disorder related to their disease at some time in their lives. Fortunately, most skin conditions can be prevented and successfully treated if caught early. But if not cared for properly, minor skin damage can turn into a serious problem with potentially severe consequences. Good skin care is a first step to reduce the risk of infections.
There are different kinds of bacterial problems, commonly affecting the skin of people with diabetes. In particular, skin infections with the bacteria known as Staphylococcus are more common and more serious in people with diabetes. When diabetes is not well controlled, complications will even be more severe.
The skin’s micro flora is an important component of its defense system and a balanced and stable micro flora is of vital importance for an optimal functioning of the skin and consequently for the health of man. People with diabetes often suffer from a disturbed bacterial flora and a low resistance. A disturbed flora may cause problems of the (foot) skin, oral tissues and eye tissues.
The 2QR-complex optimizes the natural flora by neutralizing harmful bacteria and by supporting the growth of useful ones. The 2QR-complex hence also eliminates the discomforts of irritated tissue and supports the natural healing process. In addition the balancing of the skin flora reduces smelly feet.
The culprit in fungal infections of people with diabetes is often Candida Albicans. This yeast-like fungus can cause itchy rash and moist, red areas surrounded by tiny blisters and scales. These infections often occur in warm, moist folds of the skin. Problem areas are under the breasts, around the nails, between fingers and toes, in the corners of the mouth, under the foreskin (in uncircumcised men), and in the armpits and groin. Common fungal infections include athlete’s foot, ringworm (a ring-shaped itchy patch), and vaginal infection (thrush). DiaClin products effectively improve the skin’s condition and its barrier function in combination with the optimization of the skin’s flora to prevent fungal infections.
Localized itching is often suffered by diabetic patients. It can be caused by a yeast infection, dry skin, or poor circulation. Medication, particularly cholesterol-lowering drugs, also contributes to dry skin and the related itching.
When itching is caused by poor blood flow, the lower legs and feet are most often affected. Using the combination of DiaClin products (the mild moisturized soap and lotion applied after a bath or shower (as well as other times) will help to keep the skin soft and moist, and prevent and reduce itching due to dry skin.