how to cure bedsores?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    there is this stuff you should be able to get at wal-mart, if not try southern states. it's called bag balm... it's actually for cows' utters when they become chapped and such... i actually use it for a lot of things, but it does well for bed sores.

    Source(s): my mother had bed sores when ill with cancer and couldn't get out of bed.
  • Ruth
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    First of all,it would depend on the depth and size of the bedsores. If they are superficial and do not extend into the tissue layers, then the best thing to do,is to massage the areas GENTLY with lotion. Do not let the person stay in the same position in bed be any longer than 2 hours. U can use pillows between the knees, against the lower back to maintain a side-lying position. To be honest,further details would help. If they are deep and are infected,then they should be evaluated by a Medical Professional. I hope this helps.

    Source(s): Medical Professional, RN.
  • Rikki
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Whoa! Wax 777 gave you lots of good information about bed sores. However, I just want to simplify for you:

    1. YOU HAVE TO RELIEVE THE PRESSURE OVER THE SORE. This means that you cannot be sitting or lying on this area. This is extremely important. If you don't relieve the pressure, the sore will never heal (and will probably get worse).

    2. If it is deeper than a blister or a scrape, you should be seen by a specialist who does wound care. A deep pressure sore will need to be treated properly to remove the dead tissue. If it is not too deep or large, it may heal by itself with proper care. If it is really deep (down to muscle, bone or tendon) it will not heal. It will require surgery to place a tissue flap or a skin graft. Often, the wound has to be cleaned (debrided) before the depth can be determined.

    3. Your wound specialist can help you find devices that will help prevent breakdown in the future. If you are wheelchair bound, you should be using a special cushion for offloading pressure. If you are bedbound a lot of the time, you might benefit from an air overlay or gel mattress to help relieve pressure.

    4. Sometimes a referral to a physical therapist or occupational therapist is helpful to teach the person techniques for transferring and pressure release. They can also help fit a person for an appropriate wheelchair cushion if this is needed.

    WHATEVER YOU DO, MAKE SURE YOU SEE A DOCTOR AND GET CHECKED ASAP! It may make the difference between being able to be treated on an outpatient basis or having to be hospitalized for surgery.

    Source(s): I am a Certified Wound Specialist
  • Try not to stay in the same place for very long that;s what causes the bedsores in the first place. Change your position often and try to exercise even if it is mild exercise. If you stay in one place your blood does not circulate properly. You can usually get good medicated creams from your doctor for this. Keep the area clean so that it does not get infected.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The removal of necrotic tissue is an absolute must in the treatment of pressure sores. Because dead tissue is an ideal area for bacteria growth, it has the ability to greatly compromise wound healing. There are at least seven ways to excise necrotic tissue.

    1. Autolytic debridement is the use of moist dressings to promote autolysis with the body's own enzymes. It is a slow process, but mostly painless.

    2. Biological debridement, or maggot debridement therapy, is the use of medical maggots to feed on necrotic tissue and therefore clean the wound of excess bacteria.

    3. Chemical debridement, or enzymatic debridement, is the use of prescribed enzymes that promote the removal of necrotic tissue.

    4. Mechanical debridement is the use of outside force to remove dead tissue. A quite painful method, this involves the packing of a wound with wet dressings that are allowed to dry and then are removed. This in also unpopular because it has the ability to remove healthy tissue in addition to dead tissue. Lastly, with Stage IV ulcers, there is the chance that overdrying of the dressings can lead to bone fractures and ligament snaps.

    5. Sharp debridement is the removal of necrotic tissue with a scalpel or similar instrument.

    6. Surgical debridement is the most popular method, as it allows a surgeon to quickly remove dead tissue with little pain to the patient.

    7. Ultrasound-assisted wound therapy is the use of ultrasound waves to separate necrotic and healthy tissue.

    The most important care for a patient with bedsores is the relief of pressure. Once a bedsore is found, pressure should immediately be lifted from the area and the patient turned at least every two hours to avoid aggravating the wound. Nursing homes and hospitals usually set programs to avoid the development of bedsores in bedridden patients such as using a standing frame to reduce pressure and ensuring dry sheets by using catheters or impermeable dressings. For individuals with paralysis, pressure shifting on a regular basis and using a cushion featuring pressure relief components can help prevent pressure wounds.

    Pressure-distributive mattresses are used to reduce high values of pressure on prominent or bony areas of the body. However, methods to evaluate the efficacy of these products have only been developed in recent years.

    Upon admission, the patient should have a consultation with a dietitian to determine the best diet to support healing, as a malnourished person does not have the ability to synthesize enough protein to repair tissue. The dietition should conduct a nutritional assessment that includes a battery of questions and a physical examination. If malnourishment is suspected, lab tests should be run to check serum albumin and lymphocyte counts. Additionally, a bioelectric impedance analysis should be considered.

    If the patient is found to be at risk for malnutrition, it is imperative to begin nutritional intervention with dietary supplements and nutrients including, but not limited to, arginine, glutamine, vitamin A, vitamin B complex, vitamin E, vitamin C, magnesium, manganese, selenium and zinc. It is very important that intake of these vitamins and minerals be overseen by a physician, as many of them can be detrimental in incorrect dosages.

    It is not recommended to use systemic antibiotics to treat infection of a bedsore, as it can lead to bacterial resistance.

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