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Frequent skin infections?

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by bisous, Oct 23, 2014.

  1. bisous

    bisous Approved members

    May 21, 2007
    Hi folks. DS1 has a problem with skin infections. He can get just a standard scrape (from hitting the pavement from his bike, etc.) and it will get red and infected. This also happens unless we are very vigilant on the areas of his pump sites. I don't suspect any kind of diabetic neuropathy, the condition that generally leads to wounds and infections in older diabetics. I'm just wondering if anyone else has a type 1 kid with this issue. Or if you've read anything about it? I'm wondering if it is a side effect of blood chemistry that is a little off. Whenever we do a full blood panel the numbers are slightly off the recommended ranges but never to the concern of our pediatrician or endo. FWIW, the pediatric endo does not think the infections are diabetes related. The pediatrician DOES. Of the two, I trust the diabetes info from the endo obviously but our pediatrician is very experienced and knowledgeable.

    Any BTDT or read any pertinent material?
  2. Lakeman

    Lakeman Approved members

    Nov 10, 2010
    Don't know how relevant this will be. My son gets frequent yeast infections on his skin. We treat them with over the counter creams but the only way to prevent them is when he takes zinc supplements. Zinc supports the immune system and the skin is an important part of the immune system.
  3. mmgirls

    mmgirls Approved members

    Nov 28, 2008
    I would have the next few cultured and see what it is. Some people can be carriers of certain bugs like strep, the person themselves or a close family member. I would be concerned with it if a simple scrape you have to keep an eye on. Have you asked a dermatologist for an opinion?
  4. Ali

    Ali Approved members

    Aug 1, 2006
    Agree, I have had T1 for over 40 years and there is no difference in my healing than anyone else in my family. My A1cs have ranged all over, and no difference in my healing abilities. I am sure I spent my first 8 years before A1cs were available in the 10s, then the nines, then the 8s then the 7s and then finally in my forties I got below 7... and no unusual healing or anything else. As a female a few more yeast infections but even those were only a few over those forty years. A simple scrape that needs watching would concern me. The going to a derm is an excellent idea. The truth is that most Docs once out of their expertise are are just guessing based on some past memory of what they read or the latest patient they had with something somewhat similar. Always remember Drs are first just individuals with lots going on in their work and personal lives and maybe with a great education or a not so great education, despite what school they went to. So question question and get multiple opinions. Sorry, it is just a pain sometimes to get some answers. Ali
  5. StacyMM

    StacyMM Approved members

    Oct 22, 2010
    My daughter is prone to skin infections and we've had a few cultured over the years. She just finished a round of antibiotics from an infection on her arm that led to an induration about the size of a half dollar. In her case, the doctors have explained that everyone has strep and staph on their skin. For most people, it's not an issue. For some people, like my daughter, it sneaks into her body when there are breaks in her skin and it causes the problem. For her, it's typically from bug bites, of all things. Because of that, summer is the worst and we are really diligent about mosquito repellant and the like. But any opening in the skin can lead to it so I keep an eye on her skin to make sure she's not picking scabs, scratching bites open or showing problems at her sites. Our worst issue was an abcess on her leg that did not want to heal. If she was the falling-off-a-skateboard, tree climbing, scratch and scrape kind of kid, I would imagine that we would have a lot more issues. Luckily, she's more of the collage making, Doctor Who watching, indoorsy kind of kid...so we have escaped those issues.
  6. RomeoEcho

    RomeoEcho Approved members

    Dec 22, 2008
    I had a similar problem a number of years ago. Everything got infected easily and had lots of site infections. I ended up needing to go to an infectious disease specialist who swabbed my skin and nose and stuff and found out I was carrying MRSA and was just reinfecting myself. I had an extended round of antibiotics and full body topical stuff that I had to use for a while, and that took care of it. I haven't had an infected site in years and use sensors for extended use. It was not at all diabetes related but was more visable because I routinely had extra skin breaks to become infected. I'd have him cultured.

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