Bedsores, also known as pressure sores, are painful and uncomfortable. This article will give a brief primer on what causes bed sores as well as different bed sore treatment options.
What Causes Bedsores
Bedsores are caused by prolonged pressure on an area of skin. They most commonly develop in the elderly those who have gone through serious physical trauma, and and those who have a hard time moving. They first appear as a reddish mark on the skin and, if allowed to worsen, eventually become a black colored hole or ulcer that reaches down to the bone.
Bedsores can cause mild to severe discomfort depending on what stage they reach.
The best way to prevent bedsores from worsening is to treat them as early as possible.
There are multiple ways to treat bedsores. Here are some of the more common ways to heal bedsores.
Special Pillows - There are special bedsore pillows that are designed to help relieve pressure from parts of your body that are developing bedsores. There’s a variety of different pillows for different parts of the body so make sure to get the right one. Your doctor can help you figure out which pillows will help you the most in preventing the worsening of your bedsores.
Get Moving - It might not be easy but movement is one of the best things to do to treat bedsores. Moving relieves your body from the constant pressure that comes from immobility. Even if you are bedridden, shifting your weight from side to side can help. Additionally, movement keeps the blood flowing which helps give the skin more circulation.
Avoid Friction - As your bedsores worsen, it’s important to avoid friction whenever possible. Rubbing body tissue which is developing a bedsore, will likely only make the situation worse. Ask your doctor to teach you how to handle bedsore related body tissue so you do not accidentally make the situation worse.
Keep Them Clean - It’s important to keep your bedsores clean. Failing to do so will likely lead to infection and make the entire situation worse. Advanced bedsore wounds go straight to the bone. An infection that has direct access to your bones, marrow, and veins will spread quickly and efficiently throughout the rest of your body. This is why it is important to talk to your doctor about how to best treat and handle bedsore tissue on your body. Not only do you need to learn how to avoid friction in general, but you need to learn how to avoid friction while cleaning your bedsores.
Talk To Your Doctor - Most people do not catch bedsores until they are in later stages. It’s important that, no matter what stage you discover your bedsores, that you meet with a medical doctor immediately. Your doctor is best prepared to help teach you how to treat a bedsores.
Home Remedies And Preventatives For Bedsores
There are many things you can do at home to treat your bedsores as you wait for them to heal.
Here are just a few ideas:
Healthy Diet, Exercise & Weight - Bedsores are more likely to develop in obese persons than in non-obese persons. This is due to a mixture of reasons, namely, poor circulation, little movement, and additional friction. A healthy diet, exercise, and bodyweight can go a long way in preventing bedsores. Losing some extra weight can help improve the body’s circulation as well as help get better nutrition to every part of your body.
Get Sleep - Sleep gives the body more time to heal. Rather than focusing on other functions, your body can focus on doing what it needs to do to get rid of your bedsores. Make sure to get plenty of rest to maximize the healing process. Just make sure whatever position you sleep in doesn’t add undue pressure to your bedsores.
Saline Water - Saline water can help keep your body clean when clear of infection. It’s gentle on the skin but can still rinse debris and dirt away from your bedsores. Talk to your doctor to learn how to best use saline water to help with your bedsores.
Creams - There are a variety of creams and ointments that can help prevent the spread of infection-causing bacteria. Emuaid is one of those creams. Talk to your doctor and ask whether a cream like Emuaid can help you further prevent bedsores from developing or worsening.
Bedsores are a condition no one wants to deal with. Fortunately, there are several prevention and treatment options for those who are looking to either avoid or lessen the effects of bedsores. We hope that you now feel more confident in knowing how to heal a bedsore and will be able to treat your sores if you ever need to.