Bedsores And It's Treatment
Bedsores, also known as pressure sores, are deep ulcers that form when pressure is exerted over bony areas of the body for long periods of time, restricting circulation and leading to the death of cells in the underlying tissue. They are most commonly found on the heels, buttocks, hips, sacrum, and shoulder blades. As their name implies, they tend to occur during periods of prolonged bed rest, although wheelchair users also may develop bedsores.
Anyone who is confined to a bed, chair, or wheelchair due to illness is at risk for developing bedsores, which can range from mild to severe. An area of reddening skin that doesn't go away, even after pressure is relieved, is an indication of a developing bedsore, as is local swelling and/or hardening of the tissue. Severe bedsores can require surgery for removal of dead tissue. Bedsores are not cancerous or contagious.
Causes of bedsores
Bedsores are caused from a lack of blood flow and from mechanical stress to the skin and tissues over a bony area that has been under pressure for a prolonged period. If blood supply is cut off to an area of skin for more than 2 or 3 hours the skin is deprived of oxygen and begins to die. In addition, when slowly sliding down a bed or chair, friction to the outer skin layer such as from wrinkled bedding and clothing contribute to skin injury and ulcers. Excessive exposure to moisture such as sweat, blood, urine or faeces also increases the likelihood of bedsores. Other risk factors that causes bedsores are:-
Symptoms of bedsores
Symptoms of a bedsores may include:
Vitamins and nutrients for bedsores
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Considerations and prevention tips
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