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Bedsores

Are caused by the loss of blood supply to the skin due to continuous pressure on the affected parts.

What to look for

 

A painful and swollen red patch of skin, which was pressed against something with pressure for a period of time. a raw, open sore. Bedsores are frequent among those people who are unhealthy.

Causes

Areas usually affected are the heels, ankles, knees, base of the spine, buttocks, hips, elbows and shoulders. They begin red and sore and can quickly turn into a slow healing, painful open sore. bedsores must always be kept dry because bedsores can easily become infected if the skin is left damp. The people most open to bedsores are those with diabetes, who are underweight, overweight, paralyzed, people with poor circulation or heart problems.

Personal Care

 At Home Care must be taken when caring for the elderly or invalids at home. If the person is confined to a bed or a wheelchair they must try to move there body’s as often as possible. Proper support is vital to prevent bedsores. Prevention People that is confined to a bed must be moved frequently and they must be kept completely dry to avoid bedsores. Moisturizer should be used to keep the skin supple and their sheets should be clean and dry. They need a healthy diet as well.

When to seek further professional advice

 
The sore produces a discharge or pus.

Alternative/Natural Treatments

Herbal Therapies: Try ointments that support healing. To ease minor inflammation, apply a marsh mallow root ointment; or try a poultice made from slippery elm bark, marsh mallow root, and Echinacea blended with a small amount of hot water. Two drops of essential tea tree oil in a cup of water makes an infection fighting rinse. Dietary Considerations If you have bedsores you should drink plenty of water. Certain vitamins and minerals, especially vitamins A, C, E, and B complex, and zinc, will benefit your skin.

Traditional Treatment

Treatment for bedsores is to clean the wound, and to remove any dead skin, and cover the area with a gauze that does not stick to the damaged skin. To prevent bedsores from happening try at all costs to avoid putting excess pressure on any one area of the skin. unhealthy people must be turned regularly by a nurse. A soft material such as sheepskin can be placed under pressure points to help lessen the likelihood of bedsores developing.

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Author - Body and Mind

Published - 2013-01-18