What bacterial infections may occur in people with diabetes?

Several kinds of bacterial infections occur in people with diabetes:
  • styes (infections of the glands of the eyelid)
  • boils
  • folliculitis (infections of the hair follicles)
  • carbuncles (deep infections of the skin and the tissue underneath)
  • infections around the nails
Inflamed tissues are usually hot, swollen, red, and painful. Several different organisms can cause infections, the most common being Staphylococcus bacteria, also called staph.

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