Nail fungus and diabetes
Why are people with diabetes particularly at risk?
The risk of contracting a nail fungus infection is three times higher in people with diabetes.1 The blood sugar level causes long-term damage to blood vessels. This leads to impaired blood flow and weakened nails.
Preventing Nail Fungus in People with Diabetes
People with diabetes should take constant preventative measures against nail fungus. It is particularly important that diabetics take good care of their feet. Their daily foot care routine should include cleansing and moisturising. The skin on the feet should be checked for abrasions or cracks and they should see a doctor regularly for a check-up.
- Al-Mutairi N, Eassa BI, Al-Rqobah DA. Clinical and mycologic characteristics of onychomycosis in diabetic patients. Acta Dermatovenerol Croat. 2010;18(2):84-91. PMID: 20624357