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BED SORES

What is it?
Bedsores often occur in patients confined to bed. They are painful and usually occur on the elbows, knees, heels, shoulder blades, hips and buttocks.

Symptoms: Starts of as a patch of tender, red inflamed skin, later the skin becomes purple, it cracks and weeping ulcers develops.

Causes: Irritation and continuous pressure on body parts, bedclothes pressing on knees and toes.

Possible complications: Ulceration and infection.

When to consult a doctor: As soon as the ulcers appear.

What the doctor may do: Prescribe appropriate treatment depending on the severity of ulceration and the patient’s condition.

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