Bedsores are commonly known as pressure ulcers or decubitus. They are the lesions caused by unrelieved pressure to any part of the human body. But generally it occurs at those portions where there is a bony or cartilaginous areas. Bedsores are treatable only if they are detected early and they are paid a proper medical attention. If they are left untreated, without medical attention, they can turn into life-threatening conditions.

Pressure sore is the condition in which, certain areas of the body has damaged skin caused by staying in one position for long period. The common places for bedsores are where the bones are close to the skin like ankles, back, elbows, heels and hips. A person becomes at risk if he or she is bedridden, using a wheelchair, or is unable to change the position. Pressure sores can turn to be serious infections.

Causes of Bedsores

  • Malnutrition
  • Staying or lying in same position for longer period.
  • Anemia (decreased hemoglobin)
  • Disuse atrophy (muscle loss or weakness from lack of use)
  • Various infections
  • Atherosclerosis (hardening of arteries)
  • Diabetes or other health ailments in which the skin becomes more susceptible to infection
  • Decreased sensation or lack of feeling
  • Cardiac problems
  • Incontinence (inability to handle bladder or bowel movements)
  • Malnutrition
  • Obesity
  • Paralysis or immobility
  • Poor blood circulation
  • Prolonged bed rest, generally in unsanitary conditions or with wet or wrinkled bedspreads
  • Any spinal cord injury
  • Rectal or anal diseases

Home remedies for Bedsores - Cures for Bedsores

The best thing bedsores treatment is to avoid it by all means. Whenever you have someone on the bed, keep changing the position and examine those particular areas daily.

Most important thing is to keep hygienic condition and by not keeping those areas wet by any means.

Bedsores can be reversible but for that early detection is must. When you detect anything, start the treatment straightaway.

Antiseptic powder can be very helpful and it is the good home remedies for bedsores. Sprinkle on the affected area every 4-5 hourly.

One should always keep the skin dry as moisture is disastrous for the skin.

One of the best home remedy for bed sore includes application of vitamin E oil all over the body.

A rich and healthy diet of vitamins like A, B, C, E and zinc is very important and considered to be good diet for bedsores.

One should avoid meat and should include fiber in the diet.

Another good home remedy for bed sores is filling Lysol in a spray can and then spraying it daily on the entire body.

One can also pouri sugar and honey poultice on the wound; it will remove the poison from the wound. This is a very efficient bedsores remedy.

Another effective bedsores treatment is that one can also apply zinc oxide ointment, Aloe vera, wheat germ oil or comfrey on the affected area.

The best home remedies for bedsores is mixing powdered comfrey leaves with slippery elm in equal quantity to form a paste. Put this paste on piece of cloth and tie it with the affected area overnight.

Another trusted home remedy for bedsores is to disinfect the area with sprinkling goldenseal or echinacea powder. You should then cover it with cotton.

One can wash the sores at least two to four times a day by making a mixture of witch hazel and myrrh/turmeric root/goldenseal. This is one of successful bedsores remedy.

Another effective bedsores cure is that clean the bedsore by watering the wound with a saline solution (available in drug stores) or any other disinfectant solution prescribed by a healthcare professional.

You should remove all dead tissue and scabs. Clean the wound regularly.

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I have tried this for my grandmother,she had a small bed sore,so I mixed 2 spoons of honey and 2 spoons of olive oil in a small bawl,I applied the mixture 3 - 2 times daily by ear cotons on the sore and in no time it was gone.
#1 - fafa - 06/11/2010 - 13:01
During my militarytraining, I worked in a military hopital and we prevented our patients from developing bedsores simply by rubbing their backs, back of legs and arms and heels with surgical spirits.
Never had a ptaient with a bedsore!!
#2 - Mike - 10/27/2010 - 07:39
This is a good tip . Please suggest more as I need to find a good remedy for my father who is developing bed sores.
#3 - Gowrishankar - 11/24/2010 - 10:26
My father has started developing sores on his bottom area and my mother and I are taking him into the doctor tomorrow. I will let you know what we find out. They have not become open wounds, but we are trying to stop this from happening.
#4 - Ricki - 12/01/2010 - 21:43
My father developed a bed sore after his by pass heart operation and now he's in hospital since 3 months the worst part is his hb count is very bad as he's a post operated person and the doctors just removed the dead tissues.. itz even touched his bone on his back above the motion passing place. the doctors even did the rotating grafting (plastic surgery) that is also a failure as now even the cut part is also bleeding.. in major trouble now.. can i know where can he get the best treatment for this in bangalore,or hyd,or chennai?? please tell me the remeady!!
#5 - abhishek - 12/25/2010 - 04:02
My husband has been in hospital for 6 wks due to major surgery..first hospital did not turn enough where he got the sore..second hospital transferred to did not turn enough..and the third hospital he's at now is very upset about it, their keeping it clean and putting ointment on it..it has black scab on it..it seems like they could scrap the scab off, clean it and apply medication..is there anything that I can put together that may help this..
#6 - Linda - 02/07/2011 - 09:09
#7 - Shane - 03/09/2011 - 09:34
what if... if the wound is in complicated area....
and have a big wound all over it!!!
what kind of home remedy we should do for that?
can you please help me?
#8 - mitch - 03/15/2011 - 09:20
MY MOTHER IS PARALYSED SINCE 2008 NOW SHE GOT BED SORES.she is in pain she is dying in front of our eyes but we cant do anything,can you please help us
#9 - SUMAN - 11/28/2011 - 11:43
My mother was in a nursing home and developed a really bad bedsore and I got "Herbal Salve" from the health food store and my sister would put it on the sore every time she needed changing and the bedsore was healed. She continues to use it as a preventive daily. Cost about $7.00. Use a generous amount on the sore. You can contact Gary Null's Whole Foods Store in NYC he's a master of nutrition that's where I learned about the Herbal Salve through a health consultation for my mom. Wish you all luck!!
#10 - Joyce - 12/28/2011 - 20:27
I use Listerine in a sterile spray bottle to spray daily on my parents hips and back and it has worked for them. Just a light mist does the trick.

#11 - Lou - 12/30/2011 - 03:47
I use a beeswax preparation by mama nature that has amazing healing qualities and is great for bedsores. It is an all rounder and I use it for chapped hands and everything. I also use it to prevent rubbing on the inside of my legs. My husband even uses it inside his ears to stop them from getting sore from constant ear plug wearing. When he stops using it they get dry and bleed.
#12 - Ida - 02/11/2012 - 06:31
We've applied udder salve to keep moisture away and this has helped. This works preventive. BTW this was Bogena salve made in Europe.
#13 - Wilbert - 05/10/2012 - 15:38
Those remedies work but if the sores are on the hips and you rest every which way, they won't heal. Treatment as well as preventing sleeping on ones sides seems to assist healing. How can treatment work if the sore areas are repeatedly leaned on and the abrasion persists?
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#14 - David - 04/14/2013 - 14:00
My Father-in-law was in much pain with bed sores, a friend said the product Sea Breeze worked wonders for his Dad. My Mother-in-law applied Sea Breeze on him, with-in minutes he was almost pain free. This worked much better than the several creams and ointments prescribed by his Doctor.
#15 - Rick - 09/16/2013 - 00:24
Plz tell me kya bed sores theek ho jatay hain, iski duration kya hai, aur is k lie koi tip b btain plzz
#16 - princess - 06/17/2015 - 05:14
Use Emuaid cream from amazon for bed sores! I felt this product worked at its best when used after soaking a bed sore wound with two palm hand fulls of table salt and two handfuls of Epsom Salt in a approximate 1ft by 1ft square bucket of hot water. The bucket is bigger than the amount of hot water I used. I used approximately 3'' to 4'' of hot water with the salts. Try to use water as hot as possible that the person is willing to stand.
You can ring the soaking rag more in the beginning if too hot, then let more water stay soaked in the rag as you go on to ensure the soaking stays hot. Soak for about 15 minutes with hot water and salt using the wash rag, I always soak until the water becomes luke warm. After soaking, lather will Dial antibacterial soap! That is very important to ensure no infection starts if hopefully there wasn't one as was my grandmother.
Lather with dial soap way better than you would even ever consider washing your own hands! Then, wash off the soap with the same bucket of salt water that you used and the same wash rag.
What you want to do next is keep it sanitary by using a sterile pad. First use a sterile pad on the area to dry it above a towel. Keep in mind that you may have to use many towels to keep this wound area dry. Next, once the area is dry go ahead apply emuaid to wounded sore areas and bruised areas. Remember, you are in for a battle! This is not going to heal over night. Do not expect a quick miracle, but there is hope with this cream. This cream helped my grandmother heal up from a terrible bed sore/sores along with using all the methods I just explained I used.
Remember this too, after applying the cream go ahead and apply two sterile gauze pads over the sore area as I did. Tape the pads on with medical paper tape.
Then, use a "Boppy breast feeding pillow" that you can also find on amazon. Ensure person is slid down just a little when using it. Get the 100 % polyester. You can also wash this pillow in the wash machine, but I would recommend keeping this pillow on the top part of your wash so it does not get cut up by the wash blades. You may need to do slight sewing to patch the pillow every rarity if using in the wash because of the blades, but well worth it! By the way, It is vitally important to keep as much pressure off the "pressure sore" or bed sore as possible. So, if many out there who say this cream does not work, then likely this could be a major factor due to you are not alleviating the pressure off the wound area. I believe it is just sound logic to know that as long as aggravation persists on the wound area it will inhibit the person's body from being able to heal the wound effectively. So, that is why it is so vitally important to keep the family member as much as possible on the boppy pillow when sitting or laying down. For example, my grandmother who is bed ridden at 87 years of age is on her boppy pillow approx. 7PM in the evening until 10:30AM. Then, we lay her down on her synthetic sheep skin around 11:30AM or 12PM until about 5:30PM. So, it goes to show you that most of the time when she is in bed we have her on the boppy pillow to enable the wound area to heal.
Remember too, it is important to ensure that the family member is getting plenty enough protein whether from fish, eggs, yogurt, and etc. It is vital to have the protein to ensure the body can have the ability to rebuild new skin tissue. If you do not keep the pressure off the area or give enough protein along with keeping the wound dry, soaked, soaped. creamed, and patched then you may be left scratching your head wondering why things aren't working as they should.
Additionally,if your family member has bed sores on their feet too, then I found making a blanket trench is perfect to remedy this also. Just keep the thighs, knees, and calf at one level with a quilt or thick blanket you fold under the person's legs. Leave the last bit of the blanket unfolded compared to the rest that has propped up the thighs, knees, and calves. There should now be a little trench under the feet to allow room for a regularly fluffy pillow to be placed under the person's feet to ensure the bed sore goes away and never comes back! I know this method works because my grandmother developed sores on her feet and this is what I did to remedy the problem.
Now, getting back on track to the regular buttocks bedsores; It is important to note that I soaked my grandmother, lathered her butt wound area with soap, and applied the emuaid cream two times a day once at about 10:30 AM and the other at 5:30 PM. Note, I did not use exactly as emuaid directed, but I still got excellent results.
Again, do not expect quick miracles, but one over time. Doing this method my grandmother saw a complete healing of her wound after about 2 months. Other sores did develop around the original sore, which we also had to battle using this home remedy method I just explained. Do not expect this to be easy to heal your family's wound. It will take time, and using the method I told with this wonderful healing cream I really believe it will work for you in most cases.
Remember when taking off the medical paper tape use the hot water and rub it on the tape so that the medical tape does not rip up the butt wound area in which it could turn into more bed sores.
I felt there was no hope until I got this cream and used it along side the method which I stated. Remember to change the bandaging and use this method if you feel that this is the answer for you.
Also, I want to say, always keep the wound area as completely dry as possible with urine pads of the like. Change them at least three times a day along side bed pans.
I want to also mention that I have used DuoDerm patches before on my grandmother to help heal her bedsore at early stages; however, I want to warn you that I would certainly not use one of those Duoderm patches if the wound area is bruised, infected, or if there is any crust / skin scar tissue forming over the sore area. That is how my grandmother's wound turned into a terrible nightmare.
So, I invite you to try the method I used if you believe it is worth a try to you. Always remember that it is a battle and long drawn out war against these bedsores. Taking one half day off against these bedsores can mean giving back two weeks of ground that was hard earned with much effort to heal these things. So, once again be patient and most importantly persistent in the treatment! All the best and I hope your family's wounds are healed. Lastly, if a wound area has been fully healed with new young skin that formed, then I would stop applying the cream to that area unless another open wound started.
P.S. Another thing to consider buying would be synthetic sheep wool pads also sold here on amazon that I bought which help distribute the weight when the person is lying down.
One last note too, when you use the sterile gauze pads remember that sometimes it may be necessary to use one to air out the wound, but other times it makes more sense to use two so that a bruise does not start and to ensure the area stays better protected.
#17 - Helping Hand - 06/25/2015 - 18:30
If it is a stage 3 or 4 ask your Dr or wound care specialist, about \" WOUND VAC THERAPY\" it worked great on my mother, but it takes time. she had a bed sore the size of my fist from a nursing home, I took her home did my own research, called a wound specialist, had VNA help me, two months later all healed with WOUND VAC THERAPY. She has been living with me for 10 years now prevention is key, I put ALOE VESTA #3 on everyday no bedsore since. Hope this helps.
#18 - Diane - 02/11/2016 - 21:21
Use this device: Drive Medical Med Aire Alternating Pressure Pump and Pad System, Variable Pressure, 78\" x 36\".

I saw this sold on amazon by someone who recommended it, and it works extremely well!

From my experience, this air pad device is a life saver to those patients who can not move around or have any strength at all to be moved around to use a boppy \"breast feeding\"pillow as a seat cushion or the like.

My grandmother\'s strength has diminished more than ever now. She is more weak than ever before and is unable to do anything else other than be rotated in bed.

When I used this air pad device I doubled it up to form even more cushion under my grandmother\'s butt. I keep down all the way on the softest setting to ensure the most comfort especially seeing how I doubled it over. It works especially well using it this way.

When the air pad is doubled up I just use a couple synthetic sheep skins for her ankles and also one or two under her upper body to keep her comfortable.

I also treat and clean her wound area once a day on average now due to her lack of mobility. If her wound is really bad I would do two times a day.

From my experience, it is very important to at the very least clean the patient once a day and to patch the patient all over the problem areas with medical paper tape and gauze pads to act as extra cushion and protection to prevent bedsores from ever even starting in the first place.

Remember, even with using this device to keep rotating the patient at the very least once a day. I do it about once a day, and it is sufficient keeping bedsores from occurring. Remember, when rotating the patient rotate pressure on opposite butt cheeks to ensure a different distribution of pressure. You can keep the patient either gradually or majority sloped on either butt cheek; do that at least once a day. You can also keep the patient completely on their side or on their stomach too if the patient is willing to stand it.

Remember, bedsores can develop even on the patient\'s side of the body, so do not take for granted that it just happens in the buttocks. Keep in mind that bruises will eventually turn into bedsores. This is why rotating the patient is so vital, and that is what this pad helps in effect to do by shifting weight around; however, despite the great help of the pad you still need to manually rotate the patient across the bed as necessary.

I found when moving the patient across the bed that it is easiest by first moving the shoulders and upper body towards where you want to go, then grabbing both sides of the air pad and picking it up a bit and placing it following the body of which you just placed. Do the same for the legs.

From my experience, it is not necessary to take the patient off the air pad other than rarities. Just make sure you keep the patient dry as possible underneath them by using pee pads and towels as necessary.

I would also recommend making sure you wipe the air pad down to ensure it stays dry and clean. I also never got a hole in the air pad, but I thought if I did maybe flex seal rubber spray could repair it to keep in mind.

I use now about 6 4x4 gauze pads unfolded to protect her butt area in about three quadrant areas of her butt. It soaks up any dampness too which is good.

You can also use some big pillows to sit the patient up for more comfort and humanity as necessary.

One last thing about rotation. You can lay sit the patient in the neutral position directly on the butt, but just remember that this position will develop bed sores quicker. If bedsores develop try less hours like 12 hrs or 8 hrs in this neutral position. Though, one good thing about sitting the patient in the neutral position is that it takes pressure off the outer butt areas which allows them to heal in the rotation of things.

For getting the patient on the air pad and also for cleaning / treatment: just half roll the patient while folding this pad a decent amount butting up against the patient\'s back in order to get this air pad under them. Then, half roll the patient towards you again. The patient should now be on the mattress. While cleaning the patient, I would recommend shutting off the air pump device and to pull the air inflation tubes out from the air mattress to deflate the air bubbles to make it easier to treat and clean the patient as necessary. Just half roll the patient over to clean or treat the patient. Another tip for moving / rotating the patient: scoop your arms and hands under the air pad and pick up the patient slightly enough to slide the patient a bit over also works good. Another good idea if you would like is to use one synthetic sheep skin under the patient on top of the air pad; this would add some extra cushion so that you could use less gauze pads. I would use only one synthetic sheep skin if you do this to make sure you still allow the air pad to do the job with movement. Using too many cushions would negate the job of the air pad device.

Hope this helps you, all the best!
#19 - Helping Hand - 03/06/2016 - 10:45
is apple cider can be used as anti septic to a bedsore?? please let me know the solution. thank you
#20 - arlyn - 04/20/2018 - 05:38
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