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Bed Sore (Overview)

A bed sore is an injury to the skin, and tissues beneath the skin, caused by pressure. They can range from a stage one pressure sore (tender, red and does not blanch) to stage four (an open wound extending down to the bone). Early stage pressure sores can respond to off-loading, while deep ulcers require debridement, dressing changes and sometime surgery.


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Why does a bed sore develop?

Why does a bed sore develop?

Pressure Sore: Pressure or bed sores develop due to a reduced amount of blood flow to the effected body part over a long period of time. To help prevent them it is important to rotate or shift the body to evenly distribute pressure. If an ulcer develops or looks like it may develop it is very important to treat it seriously and have a wound care specialist recommend treatment/prevention options. ...Read more

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Bed Sore (Overview)

A bed sore is an injury to the skin, and tissues beneath the skin, caused by pressure. They can range from a stage one pressure sore (tender, red and does not blanch) to stage four (an open wound extending down to the bone). Early stage pressure sores can respond to off-loading, while deep ulcers require debridement, dressing changes and sometime surgery.


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What are the signs of a bed sore?

What are the signs of a bed sore?

Bed Sores: There are different stages to bedsores and the early stages can be deceiving. Check out this website for a good illustration: http://cias.Rit.Edu/faculty-staff/97/faculty/501. ...Read more

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Treating Cold Sores (Checklist)

See a dentist for a prescription as soon as it "tingles"
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Ask dentist about using a diode laser to help cold sore heal faster
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Don't touch it, kiss someone, or share eating utensils
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Aging parent living at home:do I know for sure if it's just a pimple, or something more serious like a bed sore?

Aging parent living at home:do I know for sure if it's just a pimple, or something more serious like a bed sore?

No: Take a picture, watch it over time. If a pimple use neosporin and massage area. If it is worsening over a few days (increasing redness, soreness, pain) then have your parent seen. ...Read more

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Treating Canker Sores (Checklist)

Check to see if your recurrent canker sores are tied to stomach reflux
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Consider trying an "SLS-free" toothpaste. You could have an allergy.
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If a sore doesn't heal within 2 weeks, have it checked by your doctor
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Try to sleep well and manage stress as they can cause flares
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What does it mean if my bed sore is bleeding?

What does it mean if my bed sore is bleeding?

Considerations: The real question to ask is...Is the bed sore getting better? Are the dimensions decreasing, is the patient feeling better, is there less "non-healthy" tissue, is there more granulation tissue (new capillaries) ? Bleeding can occur even with great healing as new capillaries get formed and injured with dressing changes or simple movement. If the wound looks and measures better, all else is trivia. ...Read more

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What are treatments to treat a bed sore?

Avoid pressure: Bed ores can occur from sitting or lying in the same position too long caausing pressure on the skin with resultant tissue ischemia & skin ulcer formation. Best is to prevent this by frequent moving & turning the patient. Special pads & beds can relieve pressure. Need to keep pressure off the site. See about getting home nursing wound care. ...Read more

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Dealing with Bed Bugs (Checklist)

Strip and vacuum the mattress and box springs
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Encase your mattress and box spring in bed bug mattress protectors
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Apply insecticide to the frame and headboard of your bed
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Place "bed bug interceptors" under the feet of your bed frame
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How do you treat a head bed sore?

How do you treat a head bed sore?

Depends: The answer depends on the depth and width of the sore, and what tissue is exposed at the base of the wound. Usually these heal without surgery, but they can require surgery if there is a large area of dead tissue. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Pressure Sores (Definition)

Pressure sores = Bed sored = Injury to skin & deeper tissues due to prolonged ...Read more