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Infection In Patients With Diabetes Mellitus

Practice Essentials Diabetes increases susceptibility to various types of infections. The most common sites of infection in diabetic patients are the skin and urinary tract. Ear, Nose, and Throat Infections Malignant otitis externa and rhinocerebral mucormycosis are 2 head-and-neck infections seen almost exclusively in patients with diabetes. Malignant or necrotizing otitis externa principally occurs in diabetic patients older than 35 years and is almost always due to Pseudomonas aeruginosa. [1] Infection starts in the external auditory canal and spreads to adjacent soft tissue, cartilage, and bone. Patients typically present with severe ear pain and otorrhea. Rhinocerebral mucormycosis collectively refers to infections caused by various ubiquitous molds. [2] Invasive disease occurs in patients with poorly controlled diabetes, especially those with diabetic ketoacidosis. Organisms colonize the nose and paranasal sinuses, spreading to adjacent tissues by invading blood vessels and causing soft tissue necrosis and bony erosion. Urinary Tract Infections Patients with diabetes have an increased risk of asymptomatic bacteriuria and pyuria, cystitis, and, more important, serious upper ur Continue reading >>

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  1. Ginny

    Hi everyone,
    I'm having a heck of a time distinguishing whether my problem is anxiety related or low blood sugar related. The symptoms are the same for both, so it's really tough knowing if I need to keep eating like a horse, or just take some deep breaths and calm my anxiety down.
    The thing is that when I do eat something the feelings of anxiety, sweating, dizziness, etc go away. Could this be all in my head and it's really anxiety I'm experiencing? I'm tapering off of Cobazam (benzo) right now. I was using it as an anti seizure med. But my docs want me off it totally. I'm on 25mg a day right now, and tapering 2.5mg every 6-8 weeks.
    Any insight on this would be greatly appreciated. I feel like I'm losing it!
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  2. freezinginAK

    Hi ginny,
    First off do you have diabetes, I do and a lot of the symptoms are the same but not all and I'm sure that your pdoc may have tested you for it in your blood work but right now I don't know as you have not said if you are diabetic and if not I would eat something just to bring it up and talk to your doctor about it just wish I could help you more but not really knowing other then some ppl are anemic (sp) to low blood suger, but trying to calm yourself will help you in the long run for now and I'm sure there will be other on that can help you more.
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  3. stkitt

    Symptoms of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) range from simple faintness, to those that mimic an anxiety attack. Hypoglycemia is more than just hunger pains; it is a complicated and somewhat annoying condition that can seriously hinder even everyday functionality. Hypoglycemia is a low level of sugar or glucose in a person’s bloodstream. To the best of my knowledge it is a physical reaction that may cause anxiety.
    Can anxiety cause low blood sugar, I do not believe so as your endocrine system controls your blood sugar. Please remember I am not a professional.
    Take care.
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