Bed sores are often called pressure ulcers. Any place that you have a lot of cartilage on your body that does not see any relief from constant pressure, you are at risk for a bed sore in this area. Sitting down or lying on a part of your body without providing it any relief from the pressure can lead to a bed sore. The pressure from your body cuts off the blood supply that goes to that specific area of the body. Tissue damage can be caused by cutting off the blood supply. There are many stages of bed sores. Some bed sores are minor and do not cause any health risks, while other can be rather serious and cause serious health complications. There are some things that you can do at home to help relieve your bed sores.
- Remove The Pressure. If you are feeling like you are forming a bed sore, the best thing that you can do is to get up and relieve some of the pressure that is causing your bed sore. If this is not possible, you should try to reposition your weight so that some of the pressure is relieved off of the forming bed sore.
- Get The Right Equipment. If you are unable to move your body to relieve the pressure or you are unable to find a position that provides you any relief, you might want to consider purchase a bed that is motorized. A motorized bed will make it easy for you to reposition until you are comfortable and the pressure is relieved. If a motorized bed is not within your budget, you might consider purchasing sheep skin sheets for your current bed. Sheepskin can hold moisture without becoming wet. It is also a very soft material.
- Improve Your Diet. Be sure to consume a healthy diet each and every day. If you eat a healthy diet, you are giving your immune system the boost that it needs to fight back. It is important that you get your daily serving of Vitamin C, especially while fighting against bed sores.
- Take Your Vitamins. Adding a vitamin supplement can help your body fight against current bed sores and the development of new bed sores.
- Clean The Wounds. Be sure to thoroughly clean the bed sores with antibacterial soap and warm water at least twice a day. Use cotton balls to avoid infecting the area. You can also choose to use a saline solution to clean the area with bed sores. Do not use hydrogen peroxide to clean bed sores.
- Remove Dead Tissue. Use a cotton ball or cotton swab to remove the dead tissue from the bed sores. Removing the dead tissue will make it easier for new skin to grow over the existing bed sores. Removing the dead tissue will allow the bed sores to heal more quickly.
If your bed sores become infected, you should not delay in making an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible.