Bed sores, medically referred as Decubitus ulcers are the result of suffocated skin beneath the body weight. The continuous pressure over the skin region, usually over a cartilage or bone structure, like tailbone or hips, results in skin lesions that lead to bed sores. The unending pressure restricts the blood flow to the affected skin region, depriving it of nutrients and oxygen that ultimately causes blood vessels to clot, resulting in soreness and red patch.
This skin soreness need to be cared very diligently to avoid its development into a more serious and painful wound. If pressure is not removed, then skin cracks open, ulcerates and develop infections. Ill people, confined to bed for long durations or those using wheel chair most of the time, are at an increased risk of developing bed sores. The problem is seen more profoundly in people who are suffering from diabetes or impaired wound healing.
Natural Cures For Bed Sores
The caretaker has to be very diligent in cleaning of open bedsores and need to wash hands, use sterile gloves before coming in contact with the wound. Wash the wound with saline solution to keep the infections away. A cleansing solution can be made by mixing 2to 3 teaspoons of salt in two cups of water. Let the salt dissolve completely, and then transfer the saline solution in a spray bottle. Carefully clean all the dead tissue, sitting there in the bed sores on daily basis.
Aloe vera offers antiseptic properties and can be used as antiseptic gel over the bedsores, by applying it twice a day. Aloe vera helps to soothe soreness and promotes a speedy healing of bedsores.
Tincture Of Iodine And Milk Of Magnesia
Make a mixture of iodine and milk of magnesia and allow it to set in a bowl for 30 minutes. Then apply this over the bed sores for several times in a day. The bed sores will start healing soon within a few days. Alternatively, a paste can be made using one teaspoon of milk of magnesia and one teaspoon of sugar. This paste can then be spread onto bedsores to facilitate formation of scab over the open wound.
Since ancient times, honey has been considered a wonder agent for accelerating wound healing and skin care. It also acts as an effective skin moisturizer. The tremendous antiseptic qualities of honey help in treating infections and preventing their spread. Apply honey over bed sores with help of pad or gauze bandage and change the dressing every day. Continual honey dressing will show rapid healing of bed sores in a week’s time or within 10 days. Even 2 teaspoons of honey can be mixed with one teaspoon of rhubarb (or beet) juice to make a healing paste for bedsores. In case, the paste is too liquidy, add some flour to thicken it.
Vitamin E Oil
Application of vitamin E oil helps to soothe and heal the bed sores. It even moisturizes the skin and makes it resistant from getting dry. Prepare a paste using 800 IU of vitamin E (by squeezing out oil from Vitamin E capsules) and 500 g of goldenseal powder. To this, add little drops of olive oil and apply three times a day, over the bed sores. A sponge bath using Vitamin E enriched soap on daily basis is equally beneficial for patients having bedsores.
Consume a diet full of vitamins A, B, C, D, and E as these all are beneficial in healing wounds and even prevent their reoccurrence. Vitamin C being anti inflammatory is important for smooth functioning of blood vessels and skin. Intake of 500 grams of bioflavonoids and vitamin C for three times in a day, promotes a speedy recovery.
Turmeric as we all know is the natural antiseptic that if sprinkled over the bed sores disinfects it and promotes rapid healing. Moreover, patient must ensure to intake around 10 glasses of water every day to keep skin soft, supple and hydrated. Hydrated skin will help in prompt removal of dead tissues from the bed sores.
In the initial stage of bedsores, massaging will help in better circulation of blood to pressure points, thereby offering relief from extreme pressure. Even later, soft massaging can be performed, excluding the region close to bed sores. This keeps the skin more oxygenated and free from microbial infections. The patient also feels more relaxed and rejuvenated.
Cotton is the most breathable fabric that is most comfortable for the skin and all the more for bedsores that need proper ventilation all throughout, to remain dry, free from moisture and in the process, get healed fast.