Immune System Dysfunction and Susceptibility to Infections
Did you know that a diabetic wound occurs partly due to problems in the immune system? Reports say hyperglycemia is thought to cause immune system dysfunction, which does not only impair wound healing2 but also increases the risk of infections3.
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.