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What are the most common diabetes-related chronic infections?

Research shows that people with type one diabetes (T1D) are far more susceptible to infections that those without diabetes.

Enterobacterial Infections include lower respiratory tract infections, skin and soft tissue infections, urinary tract infections (UTIs), endocarditis, intra-abdominal infections, septic arthritis, osteomyelitis, CNS infections, and ophthalmic infections.

Pneumococcal Infections cause pneumonia (infection of the lungs), otitis media (infection of the middle ear) and meningitis (infection of the membranes around the brain and spinal cord).

Streptococcal bacteremia can cause mild to severe infections for people with T1D. These include cellulitis (infection that targets tissues deep beneath the skin), erysipelas (infection that targets the top layers of skin), impetigo (sores and blisters that form near the mouth and nose), strep throat (infection of the throat and tonsils). More sever infections such as bacteremia, scarlet fever, toxic shock syndrome, rheumatic fever and necrotizing fasciitis are also common for individuals with T1D.


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