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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?

It DEpends: 1]cause 2]size 3]medical condition you should have a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon experienced in treating pressure sores. ...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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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 to black: Depending on the depth and tissues involved as well as the potential for infection colors will range for pink, red, white, yellow, green, grey, black and many more! ...Read more

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

Yes: Yes, you may use Desitin (zinc oxide diaper cream) but not sure if it can help in all circumstances. You need to make sure to weight shift very frequently, make sure no infection, discharge from the wound, also need to make sure to cover the wound to prevent further damage. If it is a shallow wound with clean base, Desitin (zinc oxide diaper cream) might do very well for the wound.. ...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?  

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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?

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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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Pressure Sores (Definition)

Pressure sores are skin conditions in which mechanical pressure has eroded away the skin. These sores are common in hospitalized ...Read more