Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Health Tips for July 8

Health Tip: Caring for a Diabetic's Skin

People with diabetes may be concerned with their heart, eyes and nerves. But don't forget the body's largest organ.

As many as one-third of diabetics develop a skin disorder, the American Diabetes Association says.

The association offers these skin care suggestions:

  • Make sure your skin is always clean and dry. Sprinkle some talcum powder in areas where skin touches other skin, such as under the arms and in the groin area.
  • Take lukewarm, not hot, showers and baths, and always use a gentle moisturizing soap.
  • Moisturize your skin with a good lotion, just not between the toes, which can encourage fungal growth.
  • Promptly wash any cuts or scrapes with water and soap, and protect them with a gauze pad.
  • See your doctor about any skin wounds that appear serious or that don't seem to heal.

Health Tip: Diagnosing Joint Pain

Joint pain has many possible causes, ranging from injury to arthritis.

To help your doctor diagnose a cause, it's important to fully discuss the details of your condition.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine offers this checklist:

  • Which joint hurts, and which parts of the body are affected.
  • If the pain just began, and whether you've felt it before.
  • If the pain started severely or slowly, and if it is persistent or fluctuates.
  • Any recent injuries, fevers or illnesses.
  • What makes the pain feel better, and what makes it feel worse.
  • Any other symptoms, including numbness or stiffness.
  • Times of day that the pain is better, and times that it feels worse.

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