When a person becomes bedridden it is mostly from a medical condition, often limiting their body movements to such an extent, that even turning themselves to either sides cannot be achieved without some assistance. In such a physical state, we human beings are prone to developing a skin problem known as bed sores.
What Are Bed Sores ?
When a human body is confined to a bed for a prolonged period of time, the soft skin tissue layer gets compressed between the bony prominences and the external surface of the mattress that they are placed on. With such constant pressure that the skin tissues are being subjected to, it may lead to skin injuries like pressure sores, or in more common terms, bed sores. Such type of skin ulcers are more likely to occur in areas, as previously stated, where the skin covers bony prominences; so the tail bone, shoulder blades, hips, heels, and ankles are the likely body areas to observe such an abnormality.
Even those confined to a wheel chair can possibly develop this around their buttock regions and their elbows or back of their arms, where it is rested often against the chair.
The early signs of a pressure sore are a tender skin spot that may feel either warm or cool to touch compared to the surrounding skin areas, with a difference in its texture perceived as well, and eliciting pain symptoms when touched. At this stage, its progression can be arrested by following some natural remedial methods at home.
Let us take a look at some of these home remedies.
Home Cures For Bed Sores Using Natural Ingredients
If a break in the sore skin areas are noted, then it is important to keep it clean at all times. This should be done so to avoid infecting the area. First, clean it with a saline solution. This may be painful, but works well for disinfecting the area naturally.
Honey has natural antibacterial properties and substances that will help in softening skin tissues. Sugar is considered a good natural substance that will aid in encouraging a more rapid healing process of open skin sores. Take some amount of melted sugar, add a tablespoon of honey to this, blend well and apply over the sore skin areas with the help of a cotton swab. Cover it with a bandage.
Remove the inside pulp from an aloe vera leaf and apply over the sore skin spots. Leave it on for a couple of hours before wiping the area clean. Repeat this three to four times in a day, and continue the process several days more to facilitate a better healing process. The idea is to keep the area well moisturized, for better healing to take place.
Apart from following these remedial measures, it is also important for the person to be re-positioned on an hourly basis to take off the pressure, so that no new sores appear, which will only make the problem worse.
If it is possible to add on more cushiony materials for them to arrive at a more comfortable position while lying or sitting down for long hours, then this must be done so. This will also help in relieving their body’s pressure points.