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Diabetes is a disease of increased blood glucose levels. Glucose is a type of sugar that comes from the intake of food. Insulin is a type of hormone that removes the glucose from the blood and moves it into the cells to provide them with energy. There are two different types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is when the body does not make any insulin. Therefore, glucose stays inside the blood and does not move into the cells. Type 2 diabetes, which is commonly associated with obesity, is when the body is either resistant to the effects of insulin or when the body does not produce enough insulin. Increased levels of glucose in the body causes severe damage to the ...Read more
Bad shape: Hi. That's some bad shape you're in. Most likely your cellulitis & osteomyelitis are in a foot. You need a wound clinic, wound debridement, longterm IV antibiotics, assure adequate arterial supply (may require revascularization), maybe hyperbaric oxygen, and really good, tight blood sugar control. I hope this can be healed and not require amputation; amputation is not the end of the world, however ...Read more
Osteomyelitis: Not sure i can answer that easily. Osteomyelitis is a bone infection and unfortunately these are more difficult to treat in diabetics. A lot depends on the status of your blood flow. The antibiotics need good blood flow to work so if you have good flow it generally improves the prognosis. Also, good sugar control helps. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I had some ultrasounds and they reported low pulses in the ankles. I also have diabetes and what looks like starting ulcers and cellulitis. What doc?
Vascular specialist : Diabetic foot ulcers occur as a result of various factors, such as peripheral neuropathy and peripheral arterial disease. The management of this condition is complex and you should receive care from physicians who have an active interest in this complex problem. Emphasis on routine preventive podiatric care, appropriate shoes, avoidance of smoking and adequate glycemic control should be placed! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Cellulitis.: Cellulitis is a bacterial infection of the skin. It's superficial and treatable with antibiotics, either topical or oral. Some infections can be very severe and possibly deadly (MRSA), so don't take cellulitis lightly. See a doctor if you have symptoms of redness, warmth and tenderness of an area of your skin, especially if you have fever, chills or sweats. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Find the cause: Cellulitis is an inflammation (red, hot swollen and tender) of the skin and soft tissues. It can be cause by many things such as bacteria, sunburn, vein disease and trauma all of which have different treatments. Depending on where it occurs and what is the cause, changes the treatment. If you keep having recurrences, the treatments are wrong, seek another opinion. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer