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The first step in the treatment of diabetic neuropathy is prevention. Diabetic neuropathy cannot be cured and the damage done to the nerves cannot be repaired, so it is vital that people with diabetes prevent its occurrence.
Prevention includes a consistently following a plan to treat diabetes and normalize blood sugar levels as much as possible to prevent nerve damage. This generally includes medications, regular medical and blood sugar monitoring, and lifestyle and dietary changes.
Meticulous skin care and skin hygiene is critical to preventing infections of the extremities. People with diabetic neuropathy are at risk for serious infections, such as gangrene. When a bacterial infection has developed, antibiotics, regular medical monitoring and special dressings are used to treat it.
Once diabetic neuropathy has developed, treatment plans are individualized depending on the specific type of diabetic neuropathy, severity, symptoms, complications, the presence of coexisting diseases, the age of the patient, and other factors. Treatment generally involves a multifaceted plan that minimizes the pain and abnormal sensations of diabetic neuropathy and the risk of developing complications, such as gangrene and disability.
Treatment may include medications to help minimize pain and other uncomfortable sensations. Alternative or complementary treatments that may be helpful for some symptoms include acupuncture and biofeedback.
Treatment may also include physical therapy. The use of walkers and other assistive devices, such as grab rails in the bathroom, may be needed to maintain independence and maximize safety for people with advanced diabetic neuropathy.
Some of the drugs and medications used in the treatment of Diabetic neuropathy may include:
Unlabelled alternative drug treatments for Diabetic neuropathy may include:
The following medications/drugs/procedures are some of the latest treatments for Diabetic neuropathy:
Only your doctor can advise whether any of these treatments are appropriate for your specific medical situation. Always discuss all treatment options with your doctor before making a decision, including whether to start or discontinue any treatment plan.
The following list of conditions have 'Diabetic neuropathy' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.
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