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Are diabetics at risk to develop cellulitis? Why?

13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Lakhminder Sandhu
General Practice
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Anyone can get cellulitis .
If someone has poorly controlled diabetes their immune system will be weaker and diabetics can have circulatory issues and all this predisposes diabetics to cellulitis. http://patient.info/doctor/cellulitis-and-erysipelas-pro

In brief: Yes

Anyone can get cellulitis .
If someone has poorly controlled diabetes their immune system will be weaker and diabetics can have circulatory issues and all this predisposes diabetics to cellulitis. http://patient.info/doctor/cellulitis-and-erysipelas-pro
Dr. Lakhminder Sandhu
Dr. Lakhminder Sandhu
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Brittany Chan
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes.

Diabetics are more susceptible to cellulitis for several reasons.
First, diabetic nerve damage can decrease sensation, especially over the lower extremities, leading to ulcers where cellulitis can develop. Often, diabetics also have poor circulation, which can lead to breakdown of tissue and impaired healing, and the high blood sugar provides a perfect environment for bacteria to grow.

In brief: Yes.

Diabetics are more susceptible to cellulitis for several reasons.
First, diabetic nerve damage can decrease sensation, especially over the lower extremities, leading to ulcers where cellulitis can develop. Often, diabetics also have poor circulation, which can lead to breakdown of tissue and impaired healing, and the high blood sugar provides a perfect environment for bacteria to grow.
Brittany Chan
Brittany Chan
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Dr. Shabbir Hossain
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Many reasons

A few ways to think about this.
Diabetes compromises circulation, so if there is a site of injury/infection and the circulation there is poor, it will have a problem healing on its own. Bacteria love it, and cause cellulitis diabetes compromises nerves and sensations. Simple cuts and scrapes get missed and simple skin infections get caught much later. Important to check your feet regularly!

In brief: Many reasons

A few ways to think about this.
Diabetes compromises circulation, so if there is a site of injury/infection and the circulation there is poor, it will have a problem healing on its own. Bacteria love it, and cause cellulitis diabetes compromises nerves and sensations. Simple cuts and scrapes get missed and simple skin infections get caught much later. Important to check your feet regularly!
Dr. Shabbir Hossain
Dr. Shabbir Hossain
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry

In brief: Various factors

Diabetic patients often times will have poor circulation and a diminished healing ability which makes them more susceptible to developing infections.
The presence of neuropathy is also a main contributor to the development of ulceration. If not treated promptly and appropriately, any open wound can become infected, .

In brief: Various factors

Diabetic patients often times will have poor circulation and a diminished healing ability which makes them more susceptible to developing infections.
The presence of neuropathy is also a main contributor to the development of ulceration. If not treated promptly and appropriately, any open wound can become infected, .
Dr. Payam Rafat
Dr. Payam Rafat
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