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Gangrene (cont.)

Prevention

\The best weapon against gangrene is prevention.

  • Keep wounds clean and sterile by cleaning all wounds thoroughly with antiseptic solution.
  • Watch for signs of infection, such as pus, redness, swelling, or unusual pain.
  • Consult a health-care provider if any wound becomes infected.
  • People with diabetes should control their blood-sugar levels with proper medication.
  • Education about proper foot care is vital for people with diabetes. They should routinely examine their feet for any signs of injury or change in skin color. Any small injury should be immediately cared for. They should keep their nails trimmed and wear comfortable well-fitting shoes.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/3/2014
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