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How long does it usually take a pressure sore to heal?

How long does it usually take a pressure sore to heal?

The deepr the longer: Pressure ulcers vary from simple abrasion of the skin to deep into muscle with exposed bone. If pressure ulcer is superficial, healing may be complete in 3-4 weeks. For deep ulcers 12-16 weeks might be needed. Some pressure ulcer will never heal unless surgery is done. ...Read more

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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How long does it take for a pressure sore to fully heal?

How long does it take for a pressure sore to fully heal?

Varies: It will very with depth size and nutritional status. It is important to avoid constantly staying in one position and local wound care to stimulate healing. ...Read more

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Why are pressure sores so dangerous? I mean, it’s just a sore, right?

Why are pressure sores so dangerous? I mean, it’s just a sore, right?

Pressure ulcers: We know that patients who develop pressure ulcers are often 'at risk'. The skin is the largest organ of the body and sores can be a sign of organ failure in general for the patient. Also, a pressure ulcer can become very deep and affect deeper structures causing, for example, infection of the bone that will require extensive treatment. Rarely, patients develop serious, life-threatening infections. ...Read more

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What is a pressure sore?

What is a pressure sore?

Ulcer fr. Immobility: When someone sits or lies in the same position for hours at a time a breakdown of skin can happen, particularly over boney prominences like sacrum, ankle or heel. This is most often seen in paralyzed patients who have no feeling in extremities and are unable to turn themselves. Frequent repositioning, at least every 2 hours and pressure relief mattresses will help prevent ulcers. ...Read more

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How should a pressure sore be kept clean?

How should a pressure sore be kept clean?

Frequent rinsing: Pressure sores are perfect areas for bacteria to colonize, inhibiting wound healing. With each dressing change, which should be at least twice a day, one should gently rinse off the wound base with either salt water or gentle soap and water, followed by application of silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) to prevent infection. ...Read more

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What is the typical color of a pressure sore?

What is the typical color of a pressure sore?

Red: Redness would be typical but yellow or white base is also possible. Prevention amd early treatment is important for the advanced the ulcer the more difficult to treat non surgically. ...Read more

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What should I do if I see a pressure sore beginning?

What should I do if I see a pressure sore beginning?

See your Doctor: The primary cause of pressure sores is infrequent changes in position. Chronic illness and poor nutrition can also contribute. Prevention is of course the best strategy. If you see signs on the surface of the skin, it can sometimes be masking a deeper problem or even an infection. This should be evaluated by a physician so that treatment can be started if needed. ...Read more

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How often should I redress a pressure sore on my butt?

How often should I redress a pressure sore on my butt?

Depth: Depending on the Stage and depth once or twice a day. Also need to monitor for drainage. ...Read more

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Can I use baby dessintin on pressure sore, its small but open?

Can I use baby dessintin on pressure sore, its small but open?

Only: Around the periphery of intact skin and only if excessively moist. Use as a moisture barrier, but optimal treatment is to remove the pressure until healed and again, a wound care center would be your best choice. ...Read more

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How big can pressure sores get? I have never seen a pressure sore. How large are they capable of getting? .

How big can pressure sores get? I have never seen a pressure sore. How large are they capable of getting? .

Very Large.: Pressure sores left untreated, can become extremely large. For example, I have seen pressure ulcers that span the entire width of the patient's back, sacrum, or buttuck areas. ...Read more

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Can someone have pressure sores and not be aware of it? Is it possible for an alert individual to develop a pressure sore and not realize it? .

Can someone have pressure sores and not be aware of it? Is it possible for an alert individual to develop a pressure sore and not realize it? .

No pressure, no sore: Is the general rule. People with normal sensation and mobility never stay in one position for too long. Pressure over a bony prominence can cause skin injury in as little as two hours. That is why debilitated patients and those with spinal cord injuries are placed on pressure-relieving mattresses, turned and repositioned frequently and checked for the presence of early pressure sores frequently. ...Read more

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How do I treat a first stage pressure sore?

How do I treat a first stage pressure sore?

Rotation paddibg: Pad the area to relieve pressure and turn every 2 hours. ...Read more

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What can I do about pressure sore on my heel?

What can I do about pressure sore on my heel?

Heel sore: A pressure injury is due to pressure. The first step in healing is to keep pressure off of the heel. A clinician will help you analyze why there is pressure on the heel and suggest ways to offload that pressure using cushions, pillows, special foot gear such as pressure relieving foot ankle orthotics (prafo). ...Read more

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What is a bedsore (pressure sore, pressure ulcer, pressure sore, decubitus ulcer)?

What is a bedsore (pressure sore, pressure ulcer, pressure sore, decubitus ulcer)?

Skin wound over bone: It is an injury to skin and tissues underneath from prolonged continuous pressure on the skin. The heel, ankles, hips or buttocks are the areas most commonly affected because the skin covers the bone. Direct pressure to the skin over the bone will cause decreased blood supply and will initiate the bedsore process. ...Read more

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Could you apply cavilon cream on a pressure sore area?

Pressure sore: We cannot answer this question because we do not know where the pressure sore is located. The location and stage of the ulcer are important to know when recommending any of the 4000+ wound care products to use. ...Read more

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Please recommend if it's best to keep a pressure sore dry and let it breath or put ointment on it and cover it up?

Please recommend if it's best to keep a pressure sore dry and let it breath or put ointment on it and cover it up?

Sometimes: Although an escher may act as a biologic dressing most wounds will heal with better results if all necrotic tissue us derided and a moist clean dressing is regularly applied or a wound closure is surgically accomplished. ...Read more

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Is it best to keep a pressure sore dry and let it "breath" in the air or should I apply ointment on it and cover it up?

Is it best to keep a pressure sore dry and let it "breath" in the air or should I apply ointment on it and cover it up?

Sometimes: Although an escher may act as a biologic dressing most wounds will heal with better results if all necrotic tissue us derided and a moist clean dressing is regularly applied or a wound closure is surgically accomplished. ...Read more

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Why is the nurse recommending bedrest for mom's pressure sore?

Why is the nurse recommending bedrest for mom's pressure sore?

Remove the pressure: The rule is "no pressure, no sore." elderly, debilitated and/or poorly mobile people are susceptible to pressure sores (bedsores) because there is too much pressure on one area of the skin for too long. In general, patients should be turned every two hours to avoid this. Their skin should be inspected daily for early sores. If present, pressure must be avoided in these areas. ...Read more

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What are the different treatments for decubitus ulcer or pressure sore?

What are the different treatments for decubitus ulcer or pressure sore?

It depends: The best treatment is prevention by relieving pressure which can also help heal early ulcers. If there is significant necrotic tissue or the ulcer is quite large/deep, surgical debridement and closure may be performed. Infections and other problems which delay healing (tobacco, poor nutrition, diabetes)need to be controlled with appropriate treatments as well for best results. ...Read more

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Question about a pressure sore. Is it bad care or thin skin that causes it?

Question about a pressure sore. Is it bad care or thin skin that causes it?

No pressure, no sore: Normal skin can begin to break down, especially over bony prominences, after only 2 hours of unrelieved pressure. Thin skin would be even more susceptible, but the bottom line is: no pressure no sore. ...Read more

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I have a pressure sore that has been healing. Now that it is almost healed up the skin around it has turned white?

Probably normal: If it is healing on its own, it is not a deep pressure sore-congratulations on getting it to heal. The skin borders around such sores are often white; a combination of scarring and absence of melanocytes (pigment producing cells.) these areas often eventually re-pigment in a spotty manner or completely. ...Read more

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I keep getting pressure sores inside my buttocks and one is an open-sore now. What can I use or who can I see? Look at picture under my profile.

I keep getting pressure sores inside my buttocks and one is an open-sore now. What can I use or who can I see? Look at picture under my profile.

Can't see the: Pictures under your profile. You are asking this on HealthTap health/ medical education portion. Please use the HealthTap Prime or Concierge services if you are looking for a consultation. We are not able to make diagnoses or provide treatment on the health education site. ...Read more

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Can a pressure sore cause loss of the? Big toe?

Can a pressure sore cause loss of the? Big toe?

Yes: If not taken care of properly. If a person has comornidities factors like diabetes, neuropathy, peripheral arterial disease these are factors that would place the patient under high risk. A doctor, i.E podiatrist should be seen asap. ...Read more

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I am paraplegic. I have bed sore with an area of 1 inch square size. How to get rid of this pressure sore?

I am paraplegic. I have bed sore with an area of 1 inch square size. How to get rid of this pressure sore?

Seek wound care: You should immediately attempt to relieve pressure on the area and then seek medical care by a wound care specialist. ...Read more

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I have a pressure sore on the back of my head and one on my bottom and tailbone. The tailbone has 3rd degree sores and is tunneling. Should I worry?

I have a pressure sore on the back of my head and one on my bottom and tailbone. The tailbone has 3rd degree sores and is tunneling. Should I worry?

Yes: It is concerning that you would have these type of wounds. If this is being treated then usually it can heal well with time- but it does take time. I would just want you to make sure you are seeing someone and that there is a management plan in place for addressing the wounds. Deep wounds some time require treatments with hyperbaric chambers, wound vacs or skin grafts. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have an unknown bug bite. Thought it was just a mosquito bite but haant gone away I weeks and now looks like a minor pressure sore. How do I heel it?

I have an unknown bug bite. Thought it was just a mosquito bite but haant gone away I weeks and now looks like a minor pressure sore. How do I heel it?

Infection: Although it could be a bug bite, there is concern about a skin lesion that fails to resolve. If it is a bite, it could be infected. If it's not a bite, one of the increasingly common infections that initially appears like a bite is MRSA skin infection. Since either case may require antibiotics, you should see your physician for an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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My mom is paraplegic and has had a large pressure sore on her lower back and buttocks for nearly a month now?

Pressure ulcer: Your mother should be seen by a specialist in wounds, either home health nursing or in a wound center if the travel is not too onerous. There are several changes that you will need to make in the home related to equipment (mattresses and cushions) and activity and turning schedules. You will also need to have a nutritional consult also related to protein intake. ...Read more

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Pressure Sores (Definition)

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