How to treat a diabetic wound
As even a minor wound can become infected if bacteria are allowed to build up after injury, take the following steps to avoid infection and promote healing:
- Clean the wound – Rinse the wound under running water to remove dirt. Do not use soap, hydrogen peroxide or iodine, as these can irritate the injury. Apply antibiotic ointment to prevent infection and cover the wound with a sterile bandage. Change the bandage daily and use soap to clean the skin around the wound. Inspect your wound daily for any signs of infection.
- See your podiatrist – Don’t take any chances – have your podiatrist check minor skin problems or areas of redness before they turn into larger problems.
- Keep pressure off the wound as it heals – If your wound is on the bottom of your foot, a common place for diabetic people to develop calluses and blisters, stay off it as much as possible to give it a better chance to heal.