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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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What is the treatment for bed sore?

What is the treatment for bed sore?

Education & Relief: Education, relief of pressure, adequate dietary intake, wound care, surgical/mechanical/enzymatic cleansing and evaluation. ...Read more

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Treating a Sore Throat (Checklist)

Stay hydrated
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Drink warm or cold fluids, whatever feels better
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Try acetaminophen or ibuprofen to relieve symptoms
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Avoid spicy or acidic foods
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What are some ways you can cure or treat a bed sore and will the treatment cause pain in the buttocks region?

What are some ways you can cure or treat a bed sore and will the treatment cause pain in the buttocks region?

Basic treatment: Bedsores are caused by unrelieved pressure on the soft tissues overlying a bony area. The key is to get them off and keep them off the area to allow healing. Once damaged, the tissues heal through inflammation which is the bodies way to get fresh healing blood to the injured area.As the damaged nerves heal, they let you know by causing pain which is a good sign. Motrin and advil (ibuprofen) slow down healing. ...Read more

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How can you get rid of bed sores?

Bed sores: Bed sores are due to pressure injuries to the skin. There are two sides to the equation: the length and type of pressure on the one side; and the vulnerability of the skin on the other (moisture, edema, arterial disease, prior disease, etc.). The types of pressure injuries include friction, shearing, and pressure. You must work both sides of the equation to get rid of the bed sores. ...Read more

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Managing High Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Monitor BP at home
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Have a regular follow up and work with your doctor
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Take your meds as instructed without fail
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What is the best thing to prevent a bed sore?

Multifactorial: Pressure ulcers are a result of pressure on the skin of a vulnerable person. Risk factors include age, immobility, incontinence, poor wound healing, dementia and poor nutrition. Focusing on managing the risk factors are beneficial for prevention, as once the pu is formed , it is more difficult to heal with possibilities of many complications. ...Read more

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Why does a bed sore form?

Why does a bed sore form?

Pressure: Bed sores form in people who do not move from a combination of the weight and decreased circulation to the area. Turning every 2 hours can decrease the risk of forming bed sores. Early bed sores, can be treated with padding, turning and creams. More developed bed sores may require surgery to close them.Prevention is still important after surgery. ...Read more

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Managing Low Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Drink plenty of water
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See your doctor to evaluate cause
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Have meds adjusted if needed
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Look for symptoms of lightheadedness and fatigue
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What can heal a bed sore?

Bed sore: You must consider relieving pressure in the area of the sore in order for there to be a chance for it to heal. Location of the ulcer along with the multiple factors of a patient's health are considered together in order to create a care plan that will heal an ulceration. ...Read more

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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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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Pressure Sores (Definition)

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