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A 21-year-old member asked:

Do you only get pressure sores from lying in bed?

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care 36 years experience
Pressure Sores: There are many other causes of pressure injuries in addition to those caused by lying in bed. Obese patients can develop pressure sores under their abdominal folds (pannus) for example. Medical devices cause pressure ulcers often also: oxygen tubing around ears, prosthetics that do not fit well, irritation from casts, are several examples. Remember, there are many risk factors for pressure injury.
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Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 45 years experience
No: Pressure sores can occur anywhere there is unrelieved pressure. People who are bedbound generally will get them over the sacrum and the backs of the heels. People who are wheelchair bound and don't care for themselves adequately get them over the ischium (the sit-bones.) lying on one's side for too long can cause them over the greater trochanter (outside of the upper thigh.).
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Dr. John Di Saia
Plastic Surgery 32 years experience
No: Any pressure can cause a sore, but it often is sitting or lying that is causative.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

What should you do if you get pressure sores from a mask?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 29 years experience
Foam dressing: Apply a hydrocolloid dressing or silicone soft foam dressing between the mask and face to prevent pressure damage. Apply aquaphor or vaseline to the pressure sore. If it looks infected apply topical antibiotic ointment or see your doctor for an oral antibiotic.
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A 42-year-old member asked:

Where can you get pressure sores?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 47 years experience
Dependent areas: Pressure sores can occur on the buttocks, heel of the foot and rarely on the back of the head in a bed bound person.
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