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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is diabetic gangrene?

This is a condition where a wound over the limbs do not heal well due to diabetes. This results in death of the tissue.

Symptoms of diabetic gangrene

  • Hands and feet turned pale and blue

  • Hands and feet are cold

  • History of diabetes or pre-diabetes

  • Blisters

  • Numbness or abnormal sensation

  • Sores or ulcers of the skin

Questions your doctor may ask to check for diabetic gangrene

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose diabetic gangrene

  • Do you have purple blue colored skin?

  • Do you have cold hands and feet?

  • Have you ever been diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes?

  • Do you have blisters on your skin?

  • Do you feel any numbness or change in sensation?

Treatment for diabetic gangrene

Surgery is needed to removed infected and diseased portions. Antibiotics are given to prevent and treat infection. While damaged tissue cannot be saved, the risk of further episodes can be reduced by good control of blood sugar levels.

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