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I have diabetes, am I more susceptible to ecthyma gangrenosum?

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Emily Lu
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: To a certain extent

Ecthyma gangrenosum is a skin lesion that manifests during a severe pseudomonas infection that has spread to the bloodstream. Pseudomonas infections of this kind rarely happen in patients that are not severely immunocompromised, but can occur if a wound gets infected.
Patients with diabetes do tend to get wound infections more readily, esp if they do not follow proper prevention and wound care.

In brief: To a certain extent

Ecthyma gangrenosum is a skin lesion that manifests during a severe pseudomonas infection that has spread to the bloodstream. Pseudomonas infections of this kind rarely happen in patients that are not severely immunocompromised, but can occur if a wound gets infected.
Patients with diabetes do tend to get wound infections more readily, esp if they do not follow proper prevention and wound care.
Emily Lu
Emily Lu
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Dr. Thomas Heston
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Diabetes increases the risk of infection, especially when blood sugar levels are out of control.
The best way to lower your risk is to keep your blood sugars in a normal, healthy range. There isn't much research into diabetes and the specific disease you mention (ecthyma gangrenosum) however, the likelihood of uncontrolled diabetes increasing the risk is high. http://flip.dlvr.it/rw.

In brief: Yes

Diabetes increases the risk of infection, especially when blood sugar levels are out of control.
The best way to lower your risk is to keep your blood sugars in a normal, healthy range. There isn't much research into diabetes and the specific disease you mention (ecthyma gangrenosum) however, the likelihood of uncontrolled diabetes increasing the risk is high. http://flip.dlvr.it/rw.
Dr. Thomas Heston
Dr. Thomas Heston
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