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Bed sore on bottom left. Without right treatment can it cause infection?

Bed sore on bottom left. Without right treatment can it cause infection?

What's the treatment: Unless the patient can hover in the air, the goal of treatment is to reduce pressure to the tissues. Even so, the patient should do all they can to keep the area that has the sore free from any pressure. Changing position every 2 hours minimizes the chance of developing a new tissue injury and helping this one heal. The treatment is to get the perssure off...Everything else follows. ...Read more

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Bed Sore (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Ive been sick on & off for the last month w/ sinus & ear infections. Yesterday, I went to bed w/ the worst post nasal drip & woke up with the most HORRIBLE sore throat of my life that isn't going away! Dr called in Clarithromycin. What else can I do?

Ive been sick on & off for the last month w/ sinus & ear infections. Yesterday, I went to bed w/ the worst post nasal drip & woke up with the most HORRIBLE sore throat of my life that isn't going away! Dr called in Clarithromycin. What else can I do?

Control nose: The sinus and ear infections are most likely from obstruction of their openings from the allergic rhinitis. The most important step is to decongest the nose (nasal steroid) so that these organs can drain. Just antibiotic alone will not likely provide long-term relief. See an allergist if this has been a recurrent problem. ...Read more

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What happens after a bed sore bursts?

What happens after a bed sore bursts?

Not typical too late: If a bed sore has burst, most likely it is too late for preventive care. Typically the surface of a pressure sore is the tip of the iceberg and once it has "ruptured" extensive tissue death has occurred beneath the surface causing liquefaction necrosis. At this point more adequate drainage and surgical debridement of dead tissue is recommended with care to minimize subsequent pressure. ...Read more

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What are treatments to treat a bed sore?

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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How long does a bed sore on the hip take to heal?

How long does a bed sore on the hip take to heal?

Depends: IT may take a long time depending on the depth, severity, infection, an patients other medical problems and of course why they have the bed sore. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between a bed sore or a pimple?

How can you tell the difference between  a bed sore or a pimple?

Area lesion is found: Bed sore is inflammed and may have drainage. Pimple may have head to it or sore center point. ...Read more

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How do you treat a 'bed sore' that is open and penetrating the muscle?

How do you treat a 'bed sore' that is open and penetrating the muscle?

Be sore: This type of wound requires the expertise of a wound care team. Without knowing any further information, it is difficult to say exactly what is needed. ...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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What can heal a bed sore?

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?

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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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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What supplies do I need to treat a bed sore?

What supplies do I need to treat a bed sore?

Bed sore: This type of wound requires the expertise of a wound care team. Without knowing any further information, it is difficult to say exactly what is needed. Bed sores, at the very least, require that pressure is relieved off of the site. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: bed sore?

Bed Sores: 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. ...Read more

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What is a stage 4 bed sore?

See below: Skin ulcers are often staged based on depth (stage 4 = deepest)... Stage 1: reddened skin that does not blanch (doesn't turn white when pressed). Stage 2: superficial erosion of the skin -- often appears as an abrasion, blister, or shallow crater. Stage 3: full thickness skin loss to the level of fat. Stage 4: full thickness skin loss + involvement of underlying structures (e.g. Muscle, bone, etc). ...Read more

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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 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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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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Dr. Austina Cho
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Pressure Sores (Definition)

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