Pressure sores or bedsores are painful blisters, which develop on the surface of the skin. These occur when continuous bed rest cuts off blood supply and blood circulation to the blood vessels of the skin. In the initial stages, bedsores take the appearance of a red and darkened patch of skin.
As the pressure increases, the area becomes sore, inflamed and starts to form ulcers. Skin necrosis may also set in. Infection and pus is also very common when the ulcers start to form. People with diabetes and dementia are very prone to developing bedsores. Here are some simple home treatments and natural treatments that can help to heal the pressure sores.
Home Treatment For Pressure Sores
Vitamin C helps to fight off disease and infection. It has been noticed that people who suffer from pressure sores have lower levels of vitamin C in their bodies. This can be rectified by taking 500 mg of vitamin C daily. You can either take capsules or take a nourishing diet that is high on vitamin C.
Zinc helps to absorb the vitamin C and helps to support the immune system by promoting faster healing. Wounds heal much faster if the levels of zinc in the body are optimal. Take a capsule of zinc with your food everyday to give you relief against the pressure sores.
Aloe Vera gel is said to be an effective remedy against bedsores and pressure sores. Just apply some Aloe Vera gel to the affected area. It helps to cool and soothe the affected area.
Cleaning The Pressure Sore
It is very important to clean and wipe the pressure sore. Keeping the sore clean with warm water and dettol will help to prevent infection.
If the patient has been confined to bed rest, keep changing sides frequently. This will allow the pressure to be relieved and prevent more pressure sores from erupting.
Smoking can further dry out the affected area and lead to tissue damage and death. It is better to cut out smoking if you are prone to pressure ulcers.
Use Special Mattresses
For patients requiring bed rest, special mattresses are now available that help to distribute the pressure all over the body so that one area of the body does not come under excessive pressure.
Check The Patient’s Skin
People who are morbidly obese are more prone to pressure sores. This is especially true around thick folds of skin and the joints, which become weighed down with the excess weight. These vulnerable areas should be checked daily for new development of pressure sores.
Make sure the patient is always resting on comfortable recliner chairs, which do not create pressure points on the surface of the skin.
Cleaning the sore with hydrogen peroxide or a simple saline solution is the best way of keeping it infection free. Bandaging the sore may also allow it to heal faster. In very severe cases, doctors may stimulate the sore with mild electrical current to restore blood circulation.