And when infections occur, the healing time and the possibility of complications increase.
Finally, one of the possible reasons why there’s a delay in treating a diabetic wound is neuropathy, a condition marked by reduced sensation.
Because of neuropathy, a patient may not know that an injury has already occurred and he or she might fail to treat it right away, unintentionally making it worse.
Characteristics of a Diabetic Wound
A person who’s already diagnosed with diabetes may be more vigilant of their skin. Their doctor must have already told them that they should check their skin daily to look for injuries, even one as minor as a superficial cut.
But what if you’re not diabetic and had no idea about spotting a diabetic wound? Below are some of the signs and symptoms of diabetic wounds4:
- Chronic pain
- Reduced sensation or having no pain at all (as the case with neuropathy)
- Redness and inflammation
- Bad odor coming from the injury
- Dead tissues around the wound
- Fever and chills
Generally, an injury that’s not healing the way it’s expected to is something to be concerned about. If you have any of the signs and symptoms above, please get in touch with your doctor immediately.