Inside Diabetes Guide to Injection technique by Desang Diabetes media supported by BD (Becton Dickin

18 SKIN DEEP

Looking after your skin is vital when you have diabetes and need to inject. Here are some simple ways

to care for your skin and some things to look out for.

s well as finding the most

compatible needle and

perfecting your injecting

technique, it's also essential to take

care of your skin when you have

diabetes. You may experience some

side effects on your skin when it

comes to injecting. Here are some of

the things to watch out for.

Injection site reactions: Around the

injection area, some people

experience swelling, redness, pain

or itching. This often clears up

within a few minutes but could take

a few weeks, so talk to your diabetes

team if this happens.

Skin changes: While this isn't as

common, affecting up to 1 in 100

people, some skin changes can

happen if you inject in the same

place too often. Lipodystrophy,

where skin can shrink (lipoatrophy),

thicken or develop lumps under the

skin (lipohypertrophy). A build-up of

the protein amyloid causes the

lumps. Tell your doctor if you

experience any of these and

remember to rotate your injection

site each time you inject to help

prevent these issues.

As well as rotating injection sites,

there are also lots of ways you can

care for your skin to help avoid any

problems.

Look aft er cuts and scrapes:

It's easy to bang or scratch skin, but

don't neglect it when you do. Use an

antiseptic cream or tea tree oil and

clean any cuts regularly. If a wound

or scratch doesn't heal, see your

doctor as soon as possible.

LOVE THE SKIN YOU'RE IN

Protect yourself: Cover up your

skin when doing activities like

gardening or walking the dog - this

can easily help you avoid and nicks

or scrapes, which can lead to

infection.

Wash and dry: Keeping skin clean,

dry and moisturised helps prevent

dry skin, which can crack and lead

to infection.

FOR GOOD SKINCARE

Check for any signs of infection

and any lumps and bumps

around your sites.

Keep yourself hydrated - it'll

help to keep your skin hydrated.

Wash your skin daily with

lukewarm water, and gently dry

it, particularly in between toes

and creases.

Avoid strong deodorants or

scents, which can be harsh on

sensitive skin.

If your skin is dry, use

moisturiser, ideally right after a

shower or bath, when your skin

is still moist.

If you have questions or something worries you about your skin, talk to your diabetes team.

A

TOP TIPS

" It's easy to

bang or scratch

skin, but don't

neglect it when

you do."

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