I was wondering if it takes longer to heal, when you cut yourself or got a scab?

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Yes I does if you have poor control as this affects your circulation. I've noticed small cuts heal really quickly and bigger cuts take longer, that's me tho ma be different for others. :)
Yes it does. Diabetes is an autoimmune problem (or can be) and it does take a lot longer to heal from even the simplest of things! Take a small blister on your foot. Most non-diabetics can stick a plaster on it and it will be fine! We diabetics have to treat it as a medical emergency and keep checking it, dressing it .... or it can quickly turn into something nasty!
I have ok control and still notice that stuff takes longer than I think it should to heal. I've had a few serious wounds that did ok but small stuff, like barking my shin on the coffee table, seems to linger...
Poor healing is a good indicator that all is not quite right with your control.. Even with good averages, if your Blood Sugar has big swings you will get glycation (think of it as small blood vessels getting sticky inside) and may have problems with circulation. The white blood cells which fight infection seem to get sluggish if the blood is too sweet...

Just another excuse for looking after yourself extremely well...

HH
I scratched my leg in February last year on possibly a nail. Needless to say it got infected and was painful and hot and scabby until August! Not that is what I call a slow healer!!!
StdDev was 23 in my last report on my pump, w/ A1C of 5.2? I am not thinking there's an indicator of a huge control issue? I'm trying to argue that even with ok control, I am seeing the healing issues. Which, of course, concerns me?
My doctor explained this but I can't for the life of me remember what he said. There was a lot of nodding when I said that a tiny scratch on my shoulder took weeks to heal.

I gathered that this is just part of the D-thing -- but my control has been way bad, and when my control is better, wound healing gets better, too.

So maybe it's a case of 3x healing time in diabetics with good control and 8x healing time with poor control? Something like that?
Hate to tell you this, but you heal more slowly as you get older, too. So it's a double whammy. Best idea is not to hurt yourself!! (Sure!!!!)
If you have good control, and this looks likely, you may have a shortage of something in your diet. A good multivitamin might help.. The other thing I find is that excessive scouring (antiseptic wipes etc) is unhelpful...

Bathing wounds regularly in clean saline solution (1 tablespoonful of salt to about 1/2 gallon of warm water) and drying gently helps a lot...

HH
Actually soaking wounds is not a good idea unless a doctor specifically told you that was OK. I have had several that I was told not to get wet for several months.

Edited to add that by soaking it, you are killing off new skin that is forming so you are actually slowing down the healing process.
just a note on this - soaking isn't the same as getting wet. wounds actually heal much faster in "moist" environments. many people think things need to "dry out" for them to heal - moisture promotes cell formation. I do understand the soaking thing though, and if it's a deep wound, there's an issue getting it wet since you'd be more prone to fungal infections.
Sorry, I'm English and speak a different language from you as my first. Bathe = gently wash with a damp cloth soaked in saline, then dry. Not for open wounds.. NOT SOAK

HH

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