Bedsores

Friday, July 04, 2014

Bedsores, also known as pressure ulcers, are skin lesions which can be caused by friction, humidity or unrelieved pressure, among other things. Any part of the body may be affected. Dr. Edward Hill discusses bedsores in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A bedsore is a wound that happens when your skin rubs against an object such as bed sheets or a wheelchair or when you dont move for several hours. Bedsores are also called pressure ulcers. They usually happen on areas where a bone sticks out under the skin, like the tailbone, ankles, back, buttocks, heels and hips.

Bedsores usually happen in people who have trouble moving, use a wheelchair or cant get out of bed. They are more likely to happen if you have diabetes, dementia, heart or kidney failure or cancer.

You should change positions every two hours and move around more, if possible, to avoid bedsores.

You or a caregiver should check for redness or sores on your skin. This will help find bedsores early. Keep your skin dry by changing the bed sheets and your undergarments often.

If you develop a bedsore, your doctor, and possibly a wound specialist, should examine it. Always follow your doctors instructions about caring for your wounds.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.