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Top 7 Tips To Treat And Prevent Bedsores
By Raymond Lee
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Bedsores are not a pleasant topic. But they can be a fact of life for anyone who can’t care for themselves, from an ailing parent confined to a wheelchair to a bedridden friend facing an extended recuperation from an accident or chronic condition. Also called pressure ulcers, bedsores are caused by constant pressure on part of the body, usually on areas that cover a bony area, such as the lower back, hips, buttocks, and heels. Under this unrelenting pressure, tissue is starved of oxygen and nutrients. While bedsores are usually the unwelcome bedfellows of more serious health concerns, they are no trivial matter. The biggest complication of bedsores is infection. The infection can spread throughout the skin, bone, or even the bloodstream, which can be extremely serious. Therefore, here are some tips that you can consider to adopt to treat and prevent bedsores.
- Use The Power Of Your Mind
Some people with pressure ulcers have found stress-relieving techniques such as imagery, mediation, or prayer helpful in relieving the pain.
- Stay Dry
It is recommended to keep your skin clean and dry. People who sweat heavily or who are incontinent are more likely to develop pressure ulcers. But do not go overboard. Having excessively dry skin can lead to sores, too. If you have dry skin, use a moisturizer after you bathe.
- Put Sores Under Cover
Keep bedsores covered to prevent infection. Moist dressings tend to be less painful. And since bedsores tend to hurt most when the dressings are changed, it is recommended taking a pain reliever such as acetaminophen beforehand.
- Ask About OTCs
If your bedsores hurt continuously, you may want to ask your doctor about taking over-the-counter medication at regular intervals, not just when the pain flares. Acetaminophen, aspirin, or another pain reliever may be appropriate. But be sure to consult your doctor before taking these medications regularly.
- Use De-Pressurizing Devices
Special beds, mattresses, seat cushions, and other devices can help ease the discomfort of bedsores. Ask your doctor which of these products might be right for you.
- Keep Moving
Since bedsores are caused by constant pressure, move around as much as you can. If you are in a wheelchair, try to change your position at least once an hour. If you are in bed, try to turn at least once every 2 hours. If you cannot move by yourself, ask your nurse or partner to help.
- Try Zinc And Vitamin C
These nutrients help speed wound healing. If you want to try supplementation, discuss the idea with your doctor first. In the meantime, do eat a well-balanced diet, which ensures that you are getting your daily allowance of vitamin C and zinc.
Raymond Lee is one of the foremost experts in the health and fitness industry and is the Founder of Bodyfixes Group specializing in body health, muscle development and dieting. He is currently the author of the latest edition of "Neck Exercises and Workouts." Visit http://www.bodyfixes.com for more information.
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Article Submitted On: December 18, 2007