The new handheld device could significantly decrease the cases of ulcer and amputations of limbs in people suffering diabetes. The new device gives early warning against diabetes, due to which hundreds of people have to undergo limb amputations. The condition can cause considerable damage to the nerves and blood vessels as they are exposed to greater levels of blood sugar.
The new battery operated thermometer has been developed by Diabetic Solution in US. The new thermometer can be used at home by people experiencing diabetes and some accessible nerve damage. The device use infrared light to gauge alterations in temperature of the foot. The increase in temperature is a sign of inflammation and damage.
The reading of thermometer can aware patient about developing sore or ulcer prior to it smashes the surface of the skin. The device is designed to be used daily and the patient can calculate six sites on each foot and compares the temperatures. If they found variation in temperature by four degree Fahrenheit for two days then they should consult their doctor.
The earlier studies have shown that the gadget diminished rated of ulcer by third in comparison to those who did not use the gadget. The device could be thriving providing patients are cautious in taking their temperature every morning, explained Cathy Moulton, clinical adviser from the Charity Diabetes UK. The change in temperature recognizes signs of neuropathy.
About four out of ten people suffering diabetes are believed to have lost some feeling in their feet and almost half will suffer a foot wound or ulceration in their lifetime. If an infection engrave deeply or affects the bone, the use of antibiotics alone might not be sufficient. Gangrene can inlay and amputation might be the only course of action.
To lessen the threat of ulcers which could escort to amputations, Diabetes UK suggests that patients suffering diabetes should regularly check their feet looking for discoloration, damage to the skin, swollen areas and if the foot feels very hot or cold. If there are any changes they should see their doctor immediately Dr Moulton.