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What drugs can help with the pain of pressure sores?

What drugs can help with the pain of pressure sores?

Any Analgesic: Pain is asymptom, not a disease. Pressure sores commonly occur in areas without normal sensation. Pain may be indicating someting moree is going on . Get examined by you physician. ...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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Are pressure sores common?

Are pressure sores common?

Yes on bed-ridden: It's common on bed-ridden persons, wheel-chair users and paraplegics. ...Read more

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Are pressure sores serious?

Are pressure sores serious?

Yes: Yes briefly there are 4 types of stage 1 through stage 4. Stage 1 is relatively superficial with intact skin, where as stage 4 is down to the bone. Once one has gotten one they are much more likely predisposed to having one again. ...Read more

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Where can you get pressure sores?

Where can you get pressure sores?

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. ...Read more

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Could young people get pressure sores?

Could young people get pressure sores?

Of course: Pressure sores often occur in patients with spinal cord injuries or neurological disorders. These can affects people of any age. ...Read more

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Why is it so hard to treat pressure sores?

Why is it so hard to treat pressure sores?

Lack of education: Pressure sores aren't hard to treat, but people can suffer for years with them because the true cause of the problem isn't addressed. If pressure & shear (sliding) are removed and appropriate wound dressings are in place, it should heal easily. If a pressure sore is not healing it's because there's still pressure on that area, even if the person is on a special "pressure support" surface. ...Read more

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How do I cure pressure sores aka "bed sores"?

How do I cure pressure sores aka "bed sores"?

Bedsores: Bedsores are due to pressure over bony prominences. The best way to prevent bedsores, once they occur, is to keep pressure of these areas. That means that you need to constantly move the person into different positions to relieve the pressure. Seeking professional help like with a wound center is a great option since depending on the depth, stage and location of the uler, your options will differ. ...Read more

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How are pressure sores aka bed sores treated?

How are pressure sores aka bed sores treated?

Getting the pt up: It is from lying on one spot too much. Anything to mobilize the patient or make them turn over periodically would help. ...Read more

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Where on the body are pressure sores most common?

Where on the body are pressure sores most common?

Back, butt, heels: As the other 2 md's stated, the most common areas are the back, butt, & heels. Pressure sores can occur anywhere on the body that is near or over a bony prominence (like the heels or elbows) or where the body is in prolonged contact with an object without any pressure relief. Here is a good diagram showing common pressure sore areas: http://www.Selectmedical.Co.Uk/images/pressure_sores.Jpg. ...Read more

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Do you only get pressure sores from lying in bed?

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.). ...Read more

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What's an effective medication for pressure sores?

What's an effective medication for pressure sores?

Pressure relief!: Pressure sores require relief of pressure--offloading at least 10 minutes every 2 hours. Once pressure necrosis occurs, however, treatment requires debridement of dead tissue, wound care to avoid or treat infection if present, and a moist environment to assist healing. Numerous medications, gels, and pastes exist, but none are magic. Some silver compounds help minimize bacteria; fecal soilage bad! ...Read more

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What can you do for pressure sores from a wheel chair?

What can you do for pressure sores from a wheel chair?

Keep moving: Treatment of pressure sores/wounds/ulcers from sitting in a wheelchair are exactly the same as treatment of pressure sores/wounds/ulcers from laying in bed: start moving around & keep moving. Don't remain in any position for more than a few minutes. Allow blood to circulate everywhere there's pressure (sitting or laying). Stay hydrated. Eat lots of nutritious food including protein to allow healin. ...Read more

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Is there more than one good way to treat pressure sores?

Is there more than one good way to treat pressure sores?

Pressure sores: Pressure sores are due to pressure which needs to be relieved in order to prevent further damage to the area in question. Seek assistance for other treatments from a clinician that is familar with this type of skin injury. ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about pressure sores on paraplegics?

Can you tell me more about pressure sores on paraplegics?

Immobility: Anyone that does not move will develop a pressure ulcer. Certain people are more predisposed then others to develop them at boney prominences. These include anyone that can't move, the elderly, undernourished. Causes include pressure, friction, moisture and shearing forces. Risks include incontinence, immobility, age, dementia and poor circulation. ...Read more

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

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

Mask sores: You can get sores from medical devices as you have found out. There are many skin protectants and cushions available on the market to try to prevent this type of injury. A visit with a wound center and or wound and ostomy nurse may be a worthwhile pursuit. If the device has a well known manufacturer, then contacting the company is also worthwhile to see what they recommend, including a different d. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Pressure sores?

What is the definition or description of: Pressure sores?

Pressure sores: Pressure sores = Bed sored = Injury to skin & deeper tissues due to prolonged pressure on/ against skin. ...Read more

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What are ways to avoid and treat bedsores and pressure sores?

What are ways to avoid and treat bedsores and pressure sores?

Offload the ulcer: To avoid pressure ulcers: keep skin clean and dry, keep bedding fresh and cool and rotate positions in bed at least every two hours.
Use barrier creams for incontinence problems.
To treat: offload the pressure area, clean the ulcer and cover it with a dressing suited to the level of drainage. ...Read more

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What are the predisposing factors to developing pressure sores?

What are the predisposing factors to developing pressure sores?

#1=immobility: But there are many other factors such as nutrition, contractures, fractures, spasm, paraplegia, sensory disturbances, obesity, incontinence, inability to care for oneself and many, many more. ...Read more

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Is it possible for pressure sores to spread to unaffected areas?

Is it possible for pressure sores to spread to unaffected areas?

Yes: Pressure sores occur in patients who either lack sensation (e.g. Spinal cord injury patients) or the ability to reposition themselves (elderly or comatose patients). In general, repositioning should be done every 2 hours to prevent the development of pressure sores.) with infection, tissue loss may spread to other surrounding areas. ...Read more

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What methods are used to clean pressure sores once they develop?

Mild soaps and dress: Mild cleansers and application of hydro active gel dressings with the possible infusions of silver may help. Enzymatic digestion may also be useful. Vac therapy is also a useful modality. Seek the advice of a wound care specialist who can prescribe and monitor your treatments. ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about "pressure sores" and if so who gets them?

Can you tell me more about "pressure sores" and if so who gets them?

No pressure, no sore: That sounds simple, but i know that it is not. Avoidance of pressure sores requires constant vigilance on the part of caregivers for patients with spinal cord injuries or neurological disorders. A good rule of thumb is to avoid pressure on any one skin area for more than two hours. It takes constant good "nursing" care, but pressure sores are not inevitable. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is a person with more body fat more or less likely to get pressure sores?

Is a person with more body fat more or less likely to get pressure sores?

Less: Generally, people with a larger body mass have a lower risk for pressure sores because they have more padding between bony prominences and the skin.
However, when pressure sores develop near the bone (deep tissue injury), they tend to be much worse in larger patients because the tissue damage can be extensive before they are noticed. ...Read more

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Is there a disase/condition/disorder that would make someone more susceptible to having pressure sores?

No: Pressure sores result from just that, pressure. These are typically found in bed bound patients where parts of their body are constantly in contact with a surface such as a mattress. The body's own weight causes erosion of the tissue and for a sore to develop.
Vitamin c has been shown to reduce the incidence of pressure ulcers. ...Read more

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How long does it take pressure sores to develop? How long does someone need to be in a bed before they are at risk of developing pressure sores? .

How long does it take pressure sores to develop? How long does someone need to be in a bed before they are at risk of developing pressure sores?

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Time to develop: It is very difficult to answer your question. The answer for a healthy person would be different from a person who is very ill. Being confined to a bed does not mean that you will develop ulcerations. Repositioning, type of mattress, and nutritiona are just some of the other factors that make answering your question difficult. ...Read more

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How long does it take pressure sores to develop? How long does someone need to be in a bed before they are at risk of developing pressure sores? .

How long does it take pressure sores to develop? How long does someone need to be in a bed before they are at risk of developing pressure sores?

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Cause Pressure Sore: Pressure causes a bed sore. One unknown is how long does it take a pressure ulcer to develop. There are many risk factors including diabetes mellitus, low blood pressure, moisture from incontinence or perspiration, fungal infection, use of medical devices, etc. We simply do not know for an individual patient whether rotating them every five minutes or every two hours will prevent pressure injury. ...Read more

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How to avoid pressure sores?

How to avoid pressure sores?

Minimize pressure: Offload pressure points every 2-3 hours. Frequent position changes helps a lot. ...Read more

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What are ways to prevent pressure sores?

What are ways to prevent pressure sores?

Bedsores: Bedsores are due to pressure over bony prominences. The best way to prevent bedsores, once they occur, is to keep pressure of these areas. That means that you need to constantly move the person into different positions to relieve the pressure. Seeking professional help like with a wound center is a great option since depending on the depth, stage and location of the uler, your options will differ. ...Read more

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Why do pressure sores sometimes smell bad?

Infected dead tissue: Pressure sores are caused when unrelieved sustained pressure causes tissue compromise or death. Bacteria use the dead tissue as a nutritional source and proliferate. Occasionally maggots may also find this a good source of nutrition. Certain bacteria will produce odors that are offensive. Wound care includes surgical removal of dead tissue to limit bacterial growth. ...Read more

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Does repositioning prevent pressure sores ?

Does repositioning prevent pressure sores ?

Yes: The best way to prevent pressure sores is frequent repositioning. ...Read more

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Pressure Sores (Definition)

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