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Diabetes

Question
Posted by: Jennifer Griffin-Barron | 2018/10/03

Q.

Unknown Foot Problem -likely infected

My husband has Type 1 diabetes and is 50 years old. He was diagnosed and began taking insulin at the age of 12. He cut out an ingrown toenail the other night and nicked his toe and now there appears to be a great deal of infection as it is leaking right where the toenail meets the left side of the toe and in addition the toe has turned red from where it meets the foot all the way down and he says it is getting sore further back up towards his foot so the soreness is not just at the toenail any longer it's progressing up the toe towards the foot. I am happy to submit a picture but don't see a place here to do so. It's going to be a week before we can see his doctor so in the meantime I'm just wondering what I can do for his toe to prevent it from getting any worse? Yes, he has diabetic neuropathy and doesn't feel much in the ends of his fate especially the left side after suffering a stroke earlier this year. He also recently had a callus or very large dry spot of skin under his toe split open and was very deep my mother being a hospice nurse was able to help me with wound care and dressings but what do you recommend for the current problem and what do you suggest as a regular regimen for preventive care such as lotion Etc

Expert's Reply

A.

Diabetes expert
- 2018/10/08

Hi

If he has a diabetic neuropathy, then he needs to see a doctor asap, and I would suggest the closet emergency unit if his own doctor is unavailable

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