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So if you also care for an elderly loved one and want to prevent pressure sores, please keep reading. I made this article as comprehensive as possible to help anyone in need.
Definition of Bed Sores
Are Bed Sores Fatal?
Other Results of Bed Sores
- Change in mental status
- Fast, shallow breathing
- Sweating for no apparent reason
- Feeling lightheaded
- Symptoms specific to the type of infection, such as painful urination from a urinary tract infection or worsening cough from pneumonia
- Skin dimpling
Causes of Bed Sores: Preventing Pressure Sores
Who Is More Likely to Get Bed Sores?
People With Mobility Problems
Comatose or Hospitalized People
People Who Lack Proper Nutrition
Signs of Early Stage Bed Sores
I hope I didn’t scare you with what I wrote above. Never fear; bed sores are easy to treat if detected early. Now the primary concern is how to see bedsores early on.
Please check the area. If the body has an unusually red or dark area, then that might be a bed sore forming.
Apply pressure if it will not hurt your elderly parent or loved one, and apply pressure in the area. If the site didn’t go back to regular skin color after at least thirty minutes, then that might be a pressure sore forming.
Stages of Bed Sores: A Guide to the Early Stage Bed Sores
According to an article published by John Hopkins Medicine, these are the four stages of bed sores:
- Stage 1. The area looks red and feels warm to the touch. With darker skin, the site may have a blue or purple tint. The person may also complain that it burns, hurts, or itches.
- Stage 2. The area looks more damaged and may have an open sore, scrape, or blister. The person complains of significant pain, and the skin around the wound may be discolored.
- Stage 3. The area is crater-like due to damage below the skin’s surface.
- Stage 4. The area is severely damaged, and a large wound is present. Muscles, tendons, bones, and joints can be involved. Infection is a significant risk at this stage.
Preventing Bed Sores
Invest in a Pressure Relief Mattress
Wear Loose Clothing and Apply Lotion
A Few Parting Words
How do I prevent pressure sores?
Don’t worry. Preventing pressures is more accessible in comparison to curing them. That’s why I always recommend that people diligently prevent pressure sores. Removing constant pressure in one area of the body is critical to preventing pressure sores. Aside from this, also avoid unnecessary skin friction. From experience, I learned to wear loose clothing to prevent skin friction and apply lotion.
Should I worry about bed sores?
Bed sores are not fatal but are a cause for concern. Please consult your doctor to avoid further complications. Going to the doctor may cost money, but as I mentioned, there is no price for life.
When should I go to the Doctor?
When the first signs of a bed sore are present, that is the time to go to the doctor. Prevention is always better than cure.
How long do you think will my loved one's bed sore heal?
To be honest, the healing process of a bed sore is always on a case-to-case basis. The severity of the bed sore is a crucial consideration to this. In my experience, my loved one’s bed sore lasted for almost a month before it healed. That only refers to the wound itself and not the scar.
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